Dear friends and supporters:
Greetings to each and everyone of you from Bolivia! Our prayer is that each of you is well.
Since we wrote you last a lot has happened. As with many or most of you, we have been following the campaign leading up to the elections. In Sucre where we live, the only cable news channel available is CNN (FOX is not available). We were very disappointed with the election results, but we believe this is a wake-up call to the church in America.
Since coming back to Bolivia from the U.S. in August, I (John) have had the privilege of leading several members of the family of the sister with whom we stay in La Paz to the Lord, as well as one of the employees in the travel agency she runs (now everyone in the agency is a Christian!). That is always a joy, of course, to see someone new come to the Lord.
Life is very different in the city of Sucre from what it was like in La Paz, as we have pointed out a number of times previously in other Bolivia Reports. In the month of September I (John) took some French classes to get refreshed in that language. There is a branch of an international association (the French Alliance) in Sucre, where French classes are taught on a regular basis. I have wanted to take up this language again, since I was fluent in it as a high school student many years ago and believe Starr and I will be traveling to France and other French-speaking countries to minister the Word of God at some point in the future.
Since earlier in 2012 I have been serving in the capacity of Pastor/Counselor to a group of Christians in La Paz that goes by the name of MAPE (an acronym in Spanish for Ministry to the Chosen People). At the end of the third week in September I went to their first national conference in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. There we met with the branch of MAPE that holds meetings in that city. We had a good time getting to know each other and challenging one another on how to present to churches the message of reaching out to Jews.
On the last Sunday in September I ministered in a small congregation in Sucre, called Casa de Unidad (House of Unity).
Our good friend, Pastor Hein from Colombia, South America, arrived with his wife in Sucre the first week of October. They stayed with us for several days and ministered in a couple of different churches here.
For the second weekend in October I helped to organize a retreat outside of the city of La Paz. Pastor Hein and his wife were the featured speakers. This was a weekend for new Christians as well as older ones who wanted to make sure the foundation in their lives was solid. We had a great time.
Starr and I stayed through the following week in La Paz. I ministered Monday morning to a small group of mothers at a school. We also took advantage of our time in the city to visit the American Embassy, where we turned in our ballots that we had used to vote in the election.
The big event the next week was the opening of our Bible Training School on Thursday. We had a class in the morning and one at night. We will go on with regular teachings from the Bible, but we decided to open with a study of Rick Joyner’s The Final Quest (in Spanish). This has been a very popular book among the Christians we have worked with and it is a good “jumping off” point.
We have continued each Thursday on into November with the classes. We are passing around copies of Rick Joyner’s book for the students to read, as well as copies of his other two books in the same series (The Call and The Torch and the Sword in Spanish).
The classes have picked up additional people. We have two couples who are pastors attending, along with two other women pastors and an evangelist. In all we have approximately twenty to twenty-five attending.
We have stopped the classes because of Starr’s and my three week trip to the U.S. to visit my Dad. We plan to start the classes back up in the middle of January.
Starr is continuing to meet with the wives of a number of pastors here in the city to pray and intercede every Tuesday. She enjoys being a part of these meetings.
Thank you for your prayers and interest in what we are doing. Some of you are contributing to our ministry on a regular basis, as well, for which we are very grateful. Thank you very, very much!!
We have one or two prayer requests:
1) That the classes will be able to start up again in the middle of January, as planned;
2) That the Lord will continue to send us all the people He wants to attend.
Thank you very much!!!
We love each of you and would look forward to any comments or questions you may have regarding what we are doing. Please feel free to drop us a line at our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
May the Lord’s blessing be upon each and every one of you!
With much love,
John & Starr,
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