Greetings from Paraguay!
May was an interesting month for us as we began learning how to take a ‘backseat’ and let Pastors Victor and Marlene Cardozo take the lead concerning the CEB Church! As we told you last month, Pastors Victor and Marlene Cardozo were promoted as Head Pastors of our local church, Iglesia Centro de Enseñanza Bíblica. We, Jerry and Connie, have continued as the Directors of the Living Water Teaching – Paraguay Ministry. Some habits formed in the 18 years as pastors of the CEB Church are hard to break or change, but all is going well and we are learning! Pastor Victor continued to be very positive even with the first four Sundays in May being cold and rainy. By the last Sunday in May, things had dried out somewhat and the congregation returned! We are excited and are expecting great things as the CEB Church continues to grow and reach out to our City of Capiatá and all of Paraguay.
(HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAY JEREMY! LOVE YOU, PAPA & GRAMMY)
**The Hola Club Children’s Hospital:
During the month of May we visited the Children’s Hospital 3 times, sharing and praying with 334 parents and children, with 106 choosing to pray the prayer of salvation!
#1 -- The question is always asked: How did you get started with the hospital ministry? Truth is, nearly 30 years ago, while working on staff at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland, Colorado, a desire began to form in my (Connie) heart to minister to children in the hospital. I planned and prepared, then went to the McKee Hospital to present my vision… they said NO! Needless to say, that kind of put a damper on my exciting idea. I ‘dumped’ the idea on the shelf and ignored it… that is until we came to Paraguay to work. Once again the ideas and desires began to surface… this time a bit more challenging because it had to be in Spanish. I found a small neighborhood hospital and received permission to enter in and pray for the children in Barrio Obrero. All was going well until we moved away from the area…another setback! Finally, I learned of the Children’s Hospital Acosta Ñú, received permission to enter with a group of helpers. Our manner of ministering has changed over the years, but our goal of presenting ‘comfort and hope’ to the parents and ‘healing and love’ to the children continues.
#2-- This June we will celebrate our 10th Anniversary of the Hola Club visiting the Acosta Ñú Children’s Hospital!
LOOK AT WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE IN THESE 10 YEARS - we have ministered to a total of 27,354 people (+many more/not all counted in the beginning) with 11,616 salvations!!! (Needless to say, we’re doing a victory dance!)
#3 -- Dominica was so excited when she shared that she had the opportunity to lead a deaf/mute couple to Jesus! I asked how she was able to do that??? She replied that the mother of the young lady repeated all that she was saying in sign language, when she finished, all three chose to pray the Prayer of Salvation! God has a way to reach everyone!
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HOLA CLUB VOLUNTEERS, THEIR MINISTRY IS PRICELESS! PRAY THAT THIS DOOR NOT BE CLOSED, BECAUSE THROUGH IT WE ARE REACHING FAMILIES FROM EVERY CORNER OF PARAGUAY AND THE WORD AND HEALING IS GOING FORTH!
Disciples of Pastor Victor within the prison have had a burden for the police officers that are housed as a unit at the Agrupación Especializada Headquarters. These men were able to obtain permission to present weekly services just for the police officers, so that they may hear the Word of God. (That in itself was a miracle!) As of now, the response has been very limited, but the men continue to faithfully prepare, expecting a break through!
PLEASE JOIN THEM IN PRAYER, TEARING DOWN THE STRONG HOLDS THAT ARE KEEPING THIS VISION FROM COMING TO PASS AS SEEN IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM.
The last weekend in May the CEB Church presented an exciting Family Seminar that covered the theme: ‘Personal Identity’. Our guest speakers were Adrian and Rommie Rodriguez, Family Life Principles Ministry here in Paraguay, and their three daughters. The seminar was held Friday and Saturday evenings, with special classes presented on Saturday afternoon, and the closing service on Sunday morning. On Sunday the emphasis was on ministering to the ‘family as a whole’. What a wonderful time we had as God moved among us healing and uniting family relationships. The service was capped off with a Communion Service where the fathers (or head of the house) served their families.
PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING THAT ‘THE HUNGER FOR MORE OF GOD’ CONTINUES TO GROW AS THE BODY OF CHRIST AT CEB CHURCH GROWS IN NUMBERS!
Blessings – Jerry and Connie.