Hello everyone. Thank you so much for not forgetting about us and continuing to pray for us. The last few weeks we were extremely busy with school, and church projects. After that, we both caught a cold which we are in the middle of right now.
There have been some significant events that passed during the past weeks after we got back.
1) Ytororo first stone May 13: The church has finally started its construction and just 2 days ago, the foundation was finished. The day that the first stone was laid it rained yet when the pastors and the congregation arrived, there were over 40 kids standing there waiting for the first stone ceremony. The kids there have a sort of ownership of this church. It is amazing to see the next generation show such dedication and excitement for the building and growth of the church.
2) Congreso Prayer: This year is the second annual 40 days of prayer held in Paraguay. It was started after the Billy Graham crusades came 3 years ago. It is a unique inter-denominational and country wide event. On the final day of the 40 days of prayer (each day there’s a prayer request,) Christians from around the country gathered in front of the capitol building, had worship and prayed together for the country. It was an all day event.
3) Pilgrims Progress Play June 1 & 2: This play was held in our Cerritos campus gym 10 feet away from our home. This event was not just a church event, but a city wide evangelical movement. 4 churches worked together with the support of other churches and organizations, including the Christian and Catholic schools in the area and Paraguay’s Christian Radio station. More than 50 members of three other churches volunteered as counselors to pray with new believers and receive their contact information after the theatrical. Each of the new Christians will be contacted by their local church.Others diligently visited schools to spread fliers and walked through neighborhoods to invite them to the play. The actual play which was done on the most part by Marangatu was perhaps only 30% of what this event’s part and purpose. People at Marangatu worked hard to prepare for the theater portion, while the other churches and Christian/Catholic schools around spread flyers and invited others. There were more than 50 counselors who received information from the people who accepted Christ. The other 70% of the purpose of the event is getting the new believers connected to churches so they can grow.