Friday, August 29, 2014

Church Building Update

The church building has changed much in the last month.  We are so excited to be using it.  Here is a photo update of the progress.

Mike, Luis, Dillon and some friends were able to work hard and get the roof on.

The day the roof finished the doors and windows arrived and we were able to have them installed.

With the completion of the roof, doors and windows we were able to hold our first church service in the building.  Though far from complete it was really nice to hold a service there.

This week all the plaster on the inside and outside of the church was completed.  Now we are working on the final electrical then will move on to tile.

Ministry in Ballesta

For the past month we have been blessed with the opportunity of ministering in the town of Ballesta (pronounced Bi-yesta with the long i sound).  It is a little town 20 minutes outside Turbana the city about 1 mile from where we are.  The people there are in desperate need of Christ.  We are able to send a team out to evangelize and run a children's sport program every other week.  In the off weeks we hold a Bible study for interested members of the church. The class is covering the 5 solas of the reformation by Ligonier ministries and a study by Steve Lawson on the doctrines of grace in the book of John.

One part of the ministry is to the kids.  People from the church go and play soccer or volleyball and teach a message from the Bible.  The plan is to start teaching the ABC's of God, a program by Desiring God.  Others minister to the adults in the area by sharing the gospel.

Friday, August 1, 2014

A God of Restoration

We were blessed to have another couple in the church marry July 12th.  This couple are the parents of the man in our first wedding. This couple was convicted that they should be legally married.  They have been together for  over 35 years, have 3 children 2 grandchildren with 2 more on the way.  After hearing of Jesus and accepting Him in their lives as Lord and Savior they have been faithfully growing in faith and understanding of God and his desires for us.  After growing for the last 3 years and watching their son's marriage they felt God telling them to marry legally. They are a great example to those in the church and the town around them, showing it is never too late to turn from sin to honor our Heavenly Father.

Church News

The workers have been busy working on the church building.  They have been adding more stucco on the interior walls and working on the roof structure.  We were also blessed to have a group come out for a day and help deep clean the inside and surrounding area.  It is great and amazing to see how quickly things are progressing.  We are all looking forward to using the church and classrooms on Sundays for Bible study classes and corporate worship.