Just as a mother never tires of bragging on her child or reminiscing on her child’s formative years, so we never tire of doing the same with our now eight-year-old church plant. We marvel at how God has worked in, through and all around us since even before we moved to Pilar. What began as a Bible study in 2008, developed into a church in 2010, and is now a maturing body of believers. The Lord continues to work to grow His people in His Word to transform them (us!) into disciple-making disciples of Christ.
We came to Argentina with the goal of planting independent, self-supporting, self-reproducing national Baptist churches. Praise the Lord, we are getting closer and closer to this church plant becoming the first one!
Happy Resurrection Sunday from the Greenwood family!
You can see more pictures of our anniversary/Easter celebration here.
What started out as a small Bible study in 2008, grew into a church in 2010, and seven years later we marvel at how God continues to work in and through this body of believers to reach Pilar for Christ. Members are growing spiritually and going out and witnessing to their family, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and there are unsaved visitors every week at church. In the past month, three folks have trusted Christ and are now being discipled. Sunday morning attendance has been at an all-time high. Those numbers are a mere reflection of what the LORD is doing in this church.
Our theme for this year is, “Each one Reach one. Each one Lead one. Each one Follow one. Each one Take one.” The idea is that every believer is actively involved evangelizing, mentoring, being mentored and taking at least one Bible institute class per year. The response has been amazing! Men, women and teens are doing just that! One of the beautiful things about this is how God is taking broken people and using them for His honor and glory in ways none of us ever imagined.
One way we are equipping our people to disciple others is by going through the Foundations book all together in our Sunday morning discipleship hour. In 12 weeks, the 60 people taking this class will be familiar with the material enough to be prepared to teach it to someone else. Please pray as we “prepare the nursery,” so to speak, to receive new converts.
In the midst of the busyness of construction chaos, the Lord blessed our special anniversary weekend with several visitors in each of the three services and one salvation decision. Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Here’s a throwback video from our inauguration in 2010. It’s amazing to reflect on all God has done these past 5 years in this church plant!
Praise the Lord for a great turn out for all the special anniversary services, including two salvation decisions and six people baptized! We are humbled as we step back and watch God work in mighty ways in our midst.
We rejoice not only in salvation decisions, but in marked spiritual growth. We see major changes in quite a few members since our return from furlough (something we certainly can’t take credit for since we weren’t even here!). A few years ago, someone wisely advised us that we should not endeavor in a building project until we had adequate male leadership. In God’s perfect timing, He has provided not only the funds, but also the spiritual leadership to begin the next phase of ministry.
Theme for 2014: Rooted and Grounded in Love