Investing in Eternity
There is no greater investment than one that will last for eternity. Well, that is the type of investment that Christ gives us the opportunity to be a part of when we invest in the lives of people. From the time we arrived in Bolivia, our desire has been to plant indigenous, autonomous churches. One of the steps, to accomplish that goal, is to help the church become financially self-supporting. When we return to Bolivia in June, our desire is to be able to purchase a piece of land and build a building for the church there to help them get one step closer to that goal. If they could eliminate the rent that has to be paid they would almost be able to pay their own bills. After checking on prices of land and construction, we are looking at around $80,000 to get started. I know this seems like an insurmountable task especially with the economy the way it is, but we know that we serve the God of the impossible. If the Lord would lead you to have a part in helping us purchase a piece of land and build, you could have a part in investing in the future of lives in Bolivia. Only eternity will tell the impact of establishing an indigenous church that can reproduce itself in Bolivia. You may ask how are we going to be able to accomplish that goal? It’s like the old saying: “How do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time”. You may be able to give a large amount or only a small amount, but everything counts and is an investment that will last for eternity. Will you pray with us about investing in the lives in Bolivia? If you would like to help please contact us at [email protected] or call 336-499-2585. All gifts can be sent to Macedonia World Baptist Missions c/o Bolivia Land Fund P.O. Box 519 Braselton GA 30517.
Pray for Bolivia
We would like to ask you to pray for Bolivia and especially the government there. Many things have been taking place recently that are of concern to us. From the time the current government was put in place they have been anti American and anti religion. Up until this point, we have not had any direct impact on our ministry or us being there, but things are changing little by little. A little over two years ago the US Ambassador was expelled from the country and still has not been replaced. Just a few weeks ago, a Catholic Bishop in our city, made a comment about the drug trade and was expelled from the country. This resulted in new laws being passed with the desire to be able to investigate and tax all properties of the churches, which includes us. There have also been other instances like Christian Schools being regulated and the Adventist University being closed. We pray often for those leaders in government and the church there because we know that the Lord is the one who raises up and takes down. We trust in Him that His will be done.
For the Sake of His Name
This past weekend we had the privilege to attend the Our Generation Summit in Pigeon Forge TN. The theme this year was “For the sake of His name”. Every year at the Summit the focus is getting the gospel to a world lost without Christ. Our motivation for reaching the world with the gospel should not be to build a name for ourselves, but it is all for the sake of His name. Along with the great preaching times, there were classes for everyone, from missionaries to pastors to laymen in the church. This year was one of the best conferences that we have had with the highest attendance since it started. It was a great blessing to be there with many other missionaries from around the world with the same heart and desire to reach the world with the gospel. If you were not able to attend this year, I hope you will make plans next year so that you won’t miss out.
1. Pray for Isaac, Pablo, Jose and Felix who are our leaders in the church in Bolivia.
2. Pray for the government of Bolivia and that the church won’t be affected.
3. Pray that the Lord will provide the needed funds to purchase land in Bolivia.
4. Pray for us as we begin traveling again to visit churches.