The month of August is already in the rear view mirror! The first week of the month, Tim traveled to Constanza with Bro. Autrey and a visiting group from Indiana. In the mornings, we held a Vacation Bible school in the city, and despite the cooler weather and rain, the attendance grew each day. By the last day on Wednesday, there were more than double the children than we had on Monday. Praise the Lord for over ten children that placed their faith in Jesus Christ. In the afternoons, we had a chance to blitz the area with gospel tracts and literature. It was encouraging to see two of the teenagers hand out over 300 tracts individually in a single day! In the evenings, the church hosted revival services for the whole family. Five adults and children accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior during the evening meetings! Pray for the pastor and Constanza Baptist Church as they seek to disciple the new believers as well as continue in the work of the Lord in Constanza.
We are continuing to progress in our Spanish. We sang a special in one of the Sunday morning services in church. Tim also translated for the group during VBS in the mountains. Please pray as he is preparing to give his first devotional in Spanish at the end of September. Stephanie continues to help in her four to six-year-old Sunday school class every week, and she has Spanish class each Wednesday and Friday.
On August 13, we held the first in a series of youth rallies at the church. The theme for the day was “The Christian Teenager and Worldliness”. Many visiting churches came to participate in the meeting. Tim brought the first message on Joseph and his stand against temptation, and the assistant pastor and another man in the church shared about Daniel and Samson. Pray as we are planning on hosting another rally in the month of November.
Throughout the summer, we have worked extensively in the renovation of the facilities in order to bring the property to school regulation standards, to prepare the classrooms for a new year, and to improve the bathrooms and storage. School began on Monday, August 28, and Tim has been able to help in the orientation and devotionals in the morning. He will teach Bible to the high school students, and Stephanie will teach English to fifth and sixth grade.
Thank you for your continued prayers for Stephanie’s eye. It is getting better each day. In her last two doctor’s appointments, the doctor personally came to the waiting room to tell Tim about the vast improvements in her eye. We are asking the Lord to heal her eye without the need of any surgery.
Tim has put in a lot of work over the last two months in regards to our visa. The process as a whole as been somewhat frustrating as the requirements given on the internet and from the immigration office are not complete as required by the actual workers inside the visa department. Tim submitted the paperwork and had his medical exam on August 19. Please pray as we still have another step left before everything is complete and we receive our visa. Our current visas will expire at the end of the month.
Much has happened during the past 31 days. We are thankful for what the Lord has allowed us to do for Him during this time. We also want to thank Him for the blessing of so many people praying for us. Please take a moment to view the following video highlighting our youth rally.