Greetings from somewhere between the USA and Paraguay!
Yes, the time has arrived and we are heading back to Paraguay… our home away from home!
Our hearts and thoughts are gearing up to the challenges and adventures that await us as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. We sense that there will be exciting changes as we and our Staff move forward with what God is directing in all of the areas of the ministry… we are expecting great things!
** PLEASE JOIN US AS WE PRAY FOR WISDOM AND DIRECTION IN ALL THAT WE DO.
Hola Club Hospital Ministry:
We have received short reports from the ladies handling the Hola Club Ministry. They have been faithfully visiting the children, praying for the sick and presenting the plan of salvation… even with cold and sometimes rainy weather. Next month we will have all the figures totaled so that you can rejoice with us as we see what has been accomplished in May and June!
** PLEASE KEEP THE HOLA CLUB MINISTRY TEAM IN PRAYER, PRAYING THAT EACH MEMBER WILL CONTINUE TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THEIR CALLING AND FAITHFUL IN THEIR PARTICIPATION.
IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE!!! Break out the party hats, horns and fireworks, because this is a BIG event! Two years ago, as pastors, we challenged our congregation to take on a building project…the putting up of the permanent roof over the open sanctuary. We’re not talking about a small roof, but one that is 65 feet wide and 40 feet deep…which will cover seating for approximately 500 people. As the new Head Pastor, Pastor Victor Cardozo continued with the building project. THIS WEEK THE LAST OF THE FACADE WAS PLACED AND THE ROOFING PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED! Hallelujah!
Our goal was to show the Paraguayan congregation that, with God’s help, they were able to financially complete this goal without outside help. In fact, we told our supporting churches and friends that this was a project that they could not be a part of! During these two years, very little, if any, outside finances were directed to the roofing project. We are so proud of ‘our little flock of believers’ in how they have prayed, saved and given their offerings to see this goal completed!
NOW, the next phase is the cement flooring…this is a project that you may participate in if God so speaks to your heart! This will mean: out with the gravel flooring; no more water flowing underfoot when it rains and the ladies will no longer ruin their heels with the sharp stones!
** JOIN US IN THANKING GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGS AND HEARTS TO BE UNITED IN THE CONTINUED BUILDING PROCESS.
PROCLAIMING GOD’S MIGHTY WORKS:
One week before our scheduled USA trip, the CEB Church held a Faith Seminar with special guests Joe and Teri Fanta, LWT Missionaries from Guatemala. As the Word was taught, faith increased in many hearts. We would like to share with you a few of the testimonies of God’s grace, mercy and power that was experienced during this life changing time.
** BERNADITA, a middle aged woman had been diagnosed with cancer. This was her first visit to the CEB Church at the invitation of two of her neighbors. When prayed for, she was touched by the power of God as she lay on the floor. Her older daughter was so surprised, she stationed herself beside her mother as a guard. After about 15 minutes, she was assisted up and went back to her seat. Her first question to her daughter was: “Who was messaging my stomach?” Her daughter responded: “Mom, I was there every moment and no one touched you!” Bernadette said: “No, someone was massaging my stomach!” The next week she showed up for her first scheduled chemo treatment; after doing the required pre-testing, the doctor stated: “Why are you here? You don’t need this!” …and sent her home!
** MATÍAS, a young man just walking past the church property, seen the meeting in progress, decided to stop and join the group. After hearing the Word, he responded to the prayer invitation. Matías shared that he arrived with pain and was paralyzed in his neck… he was leaving pain free and with complete movement in his neck!
** DOLIA testified that all of the stiffness and pain in her neck and shoulders was taken away!
** PETRONA testified that the long standing pain in her spine was completely gone!
** THREE PEOPLE CALLED the church office to share that they received work after presenting their need to God during the services. One young lady said that the business called her, apologizing for their lateness in responding to her application… they found her application on the bottom of the pile and she was exactly the person that they were in need of!
As time passes, more testimonies of God’s love and power are being shared. For sure, we serve a mighty GOD who loves to respond to His people as they call out in faith!
**JOIN US IN REJOICING IN WHAT GOD HAS DONE AND PRAYING THAT THE FAITH OF THE PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AS THE PLACE THEIR HOPE IN HIM.
Blessings - Jerry and Connie