May 2024 Report

Upcoming immigration appointment

Getting your permanent residency in Argentina should be a three year process.  We have been here for six years but due to complications in their system we had to restart over three years ago.  We have an appointment on the first Friday of June that is scheduled to get our permanent residency.  Please pray!  Even if you are reading this after that date, still pray!  Everything works slow here.  This will be a great blessing and help to us if we can finally get this accomplished.  There is a lot of work to do here and the Lord blesses hard work for Him.

As an eagle stirreth up her nest…

One of the challenges for the foreign missionary, as well as any parent, is when one of children has grown and is leaving the house.  The difference for the missionary is that the son or daughter isn’t moving to the other side of town or the other side of the state, but to a completely different country.  As I write this, my daughter Hannah, who just moved out the beginning of May, along with my oldest son and daughter is 4,865 miles away.  Just writing that great figure puts a longing in this father’s heart to see them, hug them and let them know how much I love them!  We are very proud of all of the steps that Hannah has made in the last month and look forward to seeing what the Lord will do through her!

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.

One of the challenges for me personally was the absence of my wife during the first half of the month.  At the beginning of May, Stacie traveled to Texas with Hannah to help her get set up in the US.  It was a great, productive and busy time for both of them.  I can bear witness to the fact that life is much better with my wife around!

Sicknesses and other challenges

Please continue to pray for the three areas that we are currently working in.  Satan is also busy working!  Our Sunday evening service has been way down due to sickness.  There is a couple that have been enjoying the services, praying for family and encouraging them to come.  The last few weeks they have been out due to their kids being badly ill.  There is another elderly couple that continues to chat with me through WhatsApp, that has been in bad health for the last couple of months.  Our heart’s desire is to not only see souls saved, but disciples made!  The lady that we began a Bible study with on the other side of town has been down in health in bed with bronchitis the last couple of weeks as well and unable to have us out.  Our Wednesday night service has been steady, but with several that are still out, initially from sickness but later from whatever is distracting them from the Lord’s will.   Again our heart’s desire is to see strong disciples of Jesus made that will in turn make more disciples.

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March 2024

Classes have started back

Here in Argentina, our month of March corresponds with September in the US, when schools open again and people have come back from their vacations.  For us, since we first arrived here, the month of March marked off several new chapters in our lives as well as opportunities for reaching out to people.

Spending time at the University of Cordoba

The city of Cordoba boasts of at least 8 major universities and half a million combined student population!  The national university of Cordoba (Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, UNC) began in 1613 and averages about 180,000 students.  It worked out that my son Jonathan and I had the opportunity to sign up to take some music classes at the university together!  We have been enjoying  time spent together as well as meeting several new people.  Please pray that the Lord will guide our steps and our conversations with the teachers and students that we meet!

Teaching a New Testament Greek Class

For a couple of years now, brother Victor has asked me to teach a Greek class for their church seminary.  It is a great blessing to have finally worked it into the schedule and begun.  We are having the class on Tuesday nights and will be going from March to November.  Please pray for the students, a few of them that have surrendered to preach and may be some of the future pastors here in Argentina!

I am here because of you!

“I am here because of you!”
This is what Juan told me as he hugged my neck after his baptism.  

If you look back on the front page of January’s report, you will see a picture of him and his wife visiting our Sunday night service.  His wife was baptized last year by brother Elinai (Missionary from Mexico) but for several reasons Juan was not ready at the time and they were still struggling in their marriage.  When they visited us, we counseled them that they should follow the Lord together as a family and return and work out the problems and conflict.  It is surprising when the advice that you give is followed! (Sadly, much pastoral marriage advice is not followed:  “I know the Bible says, but…..”)  They are not only together in their marriage but now active members together in one of the Lord’s churches!  Continue to pray for them as well as the city of Malvinas where they live! 

Bonus Pictures
March 2024

February 2024 Report

Stacie’s Parents

The first two weeks of February were occupied with helping Stacie’s parents (Paul and Janie Clark) with Physical Therapy sessions and a Doctor’s Appointment. The doctor’s appointment went well and she was approved to fly. They were scheduled to fly out on Valentine’s day but had to push back a day because Stacie’s father came down with a stomach virus. The Lord got them through their flight and once back home Paul saw a doctor about his stomach problems and Janie can now walk without assistance. It is good to see them getting back to normal. Janie’s birthday was on the 24th and Stacie sent her flowers for her Birthday.

Family Counseling Session

One week during the month a mother reached out to Stacie asking for help with one of her children. Stacie talked with the mother and the next day we went to their home to talk with both parents about the problems and were able to help them communicate better with each other and with their family.

Open Door for another Home Bible Study

A friend of ours that owns a Bible Book Store in our city mentioned a family that was interested in learning more about the gospel. He had talked with one of the daughters but said they needed someone to come visit and talk with her mother. They gave us the address of the vegetable store where the family works. Stacie and I went and spoke with the mother (pictured with the bird). While I was sharing the gospel with her a parrot surprised me by jumping on my shoulder. That was the first time I have ever had a bird land on me while I was witnessing to someone. During our visit she prayed a prayer of repentance. 

She said that she tries to read the Bible but that it is often too hard for her to understand. She would like us to come to her home for a Bible Study. I have visited with her at the vegetable store twice. Pray for us as we make plans to go to her home. She lives in a part of town where there are no other Baptist churches available. This would be another good area to start a church.

Classes on Baptism

On our Wednesday night Bible study, Marcelo had requested that I begin a series teaching on Scriptural Baptism.  Nobody besides my family coming on Wednesdays has scriptural baptism yet.  One of the ladies coming each Wednesday will be turning 90 this year!  She said that she would like to be baptized after the classes.  Please pray for everyone coming as there is much error being commonly taught.  God’s Word is well able to dispel the darkness with His glorious light!

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January 2024 Report

A Very Full Month!

The month of January was so full of events that it seemed to be several months in one!  During the month our daughter Ruth returned back to Texas after visiting us for Christmas and New year’s day.  We had several visitors to the work, including Benjamin’s brother visiting our Bible study and the couple from Malvinas that we worked with a year ago visiting us.  During the middle of the month, Stacie’s parents, Paul and Janie Clark, came to visit us, planning to visit us for two weeks.

Visit to the Hospital

While visiting here in Argentina, Stacie’s mother had fallen and broke her hip.  It was quite a process getting her to the hospital, but the Lord provided and helped.  In Argentina, if you do not have an ambulance insurance policy already written, they will not come!  We actually carry an ambulance policy for our meeting place but over their emergency number they bluntly told me that even though we were already customers, they could only come to that specific location.  We have seen Argentines driving down the road with a flag hanging out their windows many times going to the hospital.  Apparently it is all too common for an ambulance to not come unless you have a policy.   We were told that the only recourse for tourists is if they already have traveler’s insurance, otherwise nobody will help them!  We had a strong friend come to our house and using a wheel chair he assisted us getting her down the steps of our house so we could get her to the hospital.  

First step in a long process

Getting her to the hospital was just one step in the process.  The Hospital that we use is a private hospital.  It is probably the nicest hospital in the city.  We have been in the public ones before!  I will be the first to dispel the myth that the political-left likes to push about the greatness of public healthcare.  After we arrived there, we checked her in for the initial consultation and then an x-ray.  The x-ray revealed a complete break at the top of her femur which was going to require a complete hip replacement.  We then began the process of getting her admitted and going about the process of providing the materials that the doctors would use during the surgery.  Everyone worked so hard during the process to ensure her comfort and wellbeing.  After getting all of the materials gathered, then they were able to operate.  The surgery went well without problems and she was released a week after being admitted.  Before being able to fly she would need two weeks of recovery to prevent blood clots during flight.  At the time of this writing, she has been undergoing physical therapy and has been walking with a walker.  Please continue to pray for her as she continues to recover.

January 2024

– December 2023 –

“Please come and help us on Wednesday evening!”

As I had mentioned last month, we had an unexpected visit from Marcelo and his family, with whom we spent a lot of time during our first term.  He asked if we would come on Wednesday nights again and asked me to preach. His family has been through a lot in the last two and a half years.  Please pray for wisdom and direction for Marcelo, his family, and for the group meeting in his home!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is always a strange time here in Argentina as the weather gets hotter and hotter as the month progresses.  We are thankful that God gave us His only begotten Son to pay for our redemption and the sin of the world!

Our Daughter’s visit

For us, our great Christmas present was having our daughter Ruth come and visit us for two weeks at the end of December!  She spent the first year and a half of our first term with us when we first came in 2018.  It was a great blessing for us to show her firsthand some of the blessings that the Lord has been working in our lives here! We want to thank all the churches and individuals who gave us Christmas offerings. You helped us not only bring Ruth to visit us but also the ability to buy gifts as well.

Christmas concert in the park and professions of faith!

One highlight of the month was putting on a Christmas concert in the plaza in front of our meeting place.  Several musicians and youth from Templo Bautista helped us not only play the music but also in passing out tracts and fliers to the people in the park and neighboring houses.  During the concert one of the men from Templo had an opportunity to lead a young man of 22 to the Lord.  The next day he came to our evening service and stayed until 11:30PM talking with us and asking Bible questions.  He has been coming back and continuing to grow.  Please pray for him!  His name is Benjamin.

Wishing you all a blessed new year in the Lord!

One of the things that my family always likes to do is take inventory of the last year looking at the Lord’s blessings and planning with resolve what He would like us to do and work on in the future!   How has this last year been in your personal life? in your family? in your church? in your workplace?  What would the Lord have you do in this new year?  What would He have you change, remove or add?  I am not asking for an empty resolution but a firm decision to let the Lord lead and have His way!

December 2023

November 2023 Report

“Thou are not far from the kingdom of God”

This is the verse that I was thinking about while talking to the electrician as he was working on our building.  He was raised and baptized Roman Catholic but did not identify as a religious person or a follower of God. As we had a great conversation, I could tell that he had a very good work ethic.  He did not believe in the priests and that a person needed to go through a Catholic priest to get to God (Directly opposed to standard Catholic teaching).  I shared what Jesus did for us on the cross to open up that reality that all mankind could come to God through His sacrifice!  It is a hard thing for a person like him to connect the dots and see his great need of a savior.  Many people are close to understanding the process of salvation but oh, so far away at the same time!

“Your son gave me a tract!”

We had a couple that recently moved to Argentina from Ecuador that has visited now for a couple of weeks.  They are both doctors and are planning of establishing practices here in Cordoba.  A couple of weeks ago my son, Jonathan, had passed them a tract in the plaza in front of the building and based on that contact, they have come.  Please pray for them as we continue to minister to them.

The word of reconciliation

During this month there were two very interesting events that took place.  One was being invited to the baptism of the woman that gave us so much grief almost a year ago!  We are thankful that she is trying to go forward in following the Lord and wish the best for her.  The church that baptized her is an independent Baptist work on the other side of town.  The missionary and his wife are a very good family from Mexico serving here in Argentina.  It was a strange flood of emotions being there that morning as we not only saw her but also the child and her mother that used to come each week to our meetings there in Malvinas. 

In truth, nothing was ever resolved as we were never allowed the opportunity to have face to face discussion over the problems we had there.  We were glad to be able to see them and  have at least some closure on our part. We were finally able to say goodbye to Samuel who barely remembers us.

The second event was a visit from the family that we once helped with a home Bible study during our first term here.  We had dedicated many hours with them and the people of their neighborhood.  They wanted us to know how badly they felt for how things turned out because of their decisions back in 2021.  Pray for them as they sort several things out and how they seek God’s wisdom in how to proceed from here.

We were so happy to this young boy at church.  He is one that we were ministering to in Malvinas.  We had lost a lot of sleep over the last year thinking about him without having a scriptural church in his neighborhood.  It did this preacher’s heart good to find him unexpectedly in a church!

“I have always wanted to see a tornado!”

This was from a conversation that my wife had with a pet store worker as she was buying food for our cat!  When people hear that we came from Texas, they have very strange ideas of what people or life is like as their perception is based on TV and movies.  She decided not to shatter the young guys dreams of one day witnessing a real Texas  tornado.

~Thoughts from Stacie~

Women’s Retreat

Towards the beginning of November Hannah and I went to a yearly women’s retreat that is held with several Baptist churches and missions within the Cordoba province. We’ve attended this retreat twice before and this was our first year to not have anyone to bring with us. Some of the ladies at the retreat were friends that we hadn’t seen since the previous retreat a year ago.

I knew it would be hard to explain why we no longer are meeting in Malvinas. To add to the awkwardness one of the ladies from Malvinas that we brought with us last year actually attended the retreat this year but with a different group. Thankfully I was able to give the simple answer that the doors closed for us out there and turned the subject toward our new work and new location.

Visitation on Jonathan’s Birthday

Hannah and I left the retreat early as we had the youth group from Templo Bautista come help us pass out flyers and tracts inviting people to join our Bible Study on Sunday evenings. We have truly been blessed by their encouragement. After canvasing the neighborhood we celebrated Jonathan’s Birthday by sharing cake with all those who came.

Our First Four Services

We had a really good attendance the first service in our new location. Everything went extremely well. We knew we would have a huge attendance that first Sunday as several members of Templo Bautista including their pastor came to help and encourage us. We were really glad to have the 5 visitors from the neighborhood. The second Bible Study we had 2 repeat visitors and 2 new visitors from the neighborhood. Then the 3rd Sunday of November just our family was there but we held service just like we had a full crowd. We did have a woman come in to ask for money from our kids. She didn’t want to stay for the message though.

However we were happy to see our 2 regular visitors come and 2 new visitors the last Sunday of November. The Lord is our greatest encourager. And as of the writing of this report we have had another family visit our services. You will hear more about them in our next report.

Surprise Invitation to a Baptismal Service

Scott mentioned the Baptism already but I thought I would add that it was the lady Hannah and I saw at the retreat that reached out to me after 9 months of silence to invite us to her Baptism. The missionary pastor of that church actually called Scott when she started visiting their services so they were very considerate of our part out there. While going to the baptism didn’t really solve any of the problems in Malvinas it was good to get to see some of those we hadn’t had the chance to say goodbye to before.

Repeat Visitors

I just want to share a little about one of the couples that has been coming each week to our Bible Study. The wife is a friend of mine who used to hostess a ladies’ Bible Study in her home 5 years ago when we first moved to Argentina. I knew she lived close to where we are meeting but never thought she would visit us this often. I was so happy when she and her husband came in for our first meeting. She was a real encouragement to me during those early days of learning the language and culture here in Argentina. I hope we are able to be a blessing to her and her husband as well.

27th Wedding Anniversary

Scott and I were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 1996. We have learned a lot during these past 27 years. We were both just a couple of young starry eyed kids when we first married. This year I reserved us a hotel in a town about a 30 minute drive from where we live. This is the first year that all our children have been old enough for us to leave them alone for a couple of nights. We enjoyed some quiet time away from all the distractions of kids and life. It was a good time of rest, relaxation, and reminiscing over the years we’ve been together. The kids did a good job taking care of each other while we were gone and even surprised us with a clean house when we got back.

End of Year Concerts

At the end of November we had a few recitals and concerts to mark the closing of the academic year here in Argentina. We have only one more recital and concert to go in December but the majority of the classes have ended now. The children have really grown so much this year not only physically but academically as well. We are looking forward to seeing how the Lord uses our children’s musical talents now and in the future. 

Bonus Pictures

November 2023

October 2023 Report

Final preparations for first service!

Sanctuary before and after the new lights were installed.

During the month of October we have been busy getting things ready for our first meeting in the main room.  Towards the end of the month the curtains were finished and brought out and installed in our building.  They have really helped both in the appearance as well as the acoustics of the room.  We were still waiting to get the electrician out to take care of the need for more plugs and more lights.  While he didn’t make it in time for our first service, he did make it in time for our second service which really made the place look brighter!

Printing, Binding, Stamping, Stapling, Folding and Distributing!

Front and back of our invitation flier!

Leading up to our first service we have spoken with many people about what we are doing and sharing the gospel with them.  It is hard to find good tracts here in the christian book stores with a clear plan of salvation.  As a result we produce a lot of our own material to give to people.  But in order to have tractsand fliers available, they must be first designed, prepared and then printed.   At the house we will get the kids involved with the folding and stapling!  They also enjoy carrying tracts with them to give to their friends and acquaintances.  

We were very thankful to brother Victor Cervantes, the pastor of Templo Bautista for loaning us their youth group to help pass out fliers the day before our first service.  We were able to get a flier to several hundred houses and make several new contacts!

Our first official Sunday night meeting!

For our first Sunday meeting we had a total of 27.  The 7 in my family 15 from Templo Bautista and 5 from the neighborhood that responded to invitations from the week before.  On our second Sunday we had one couple return from the first week and another couple come that had an invitation slid under their door from the outreach!  Please pray that we can continue to share the gospel with individuals and that the Lord will give us clarity of speech and understanding to make the presentation as plain as possible.

~Thoughts from Stacie~

Getting Away for a Few Days

We missed taking a winter vacation in July and August so at the beginning of the October we booked an AirBnB in another part of the province outside of the city where we live. We have found that these occasional short get-aways help us a lot when the stress of the culture and daily life starts to get to us. It was a good time as we knew things were about to get even busier once we officially started our Sunday Bible Studies.

Our New Pet, Bella

Since we got back from furlough last year we considered getting a pet for the children. We don’t have a yard so a dog would be harder to care for as they usually need more space. However Scott and I agreed that our children were ready for a cat.

I saw a post in Facebook for our neighborhood of someone looking for homes for 30 rescue cats. They would take care of spaying and neutering the cats in exchange for the cats being adopted into good homes. We decided to adopt one of the older kittens which we named Bella. She is about a year old and has slowly gotten used to our large noisy family and the children have been learning to care for and be considerate of their new feline friend. So life with Bella has been really good for our children especially for Elisabeth and Joanna who seem to be Bella’s favorite people in the family.

Feeling Young Again (Joining the Adult Brass Band)

For 8 years of my childhood, 6th grade through one year of college, I played French Horn. For the past few years, Scott and the older 3 children have been going to band on Thursdays while I and the girls stayed home. Elijah has been playing French Horn in the band for a couple of years now and he told the band director that I played French Horn too. The director told him that I was welcome to join the adult class if I wanted and I could borrow one of the school’s horns.

One of the days they had a special speaker come to the school so I decided to go and listen to the speaker and also join the class. It was the first time I’ve played French Horn with a group in… well we don’t have to say how many years but you can probably guess by the ages of our children. Elijah’s and Scott’s huge grins were worth my taking that extra time in my week to go play with the band.

Mother’s Day in Argentina

Mothers’ Day in Argentine falls in October. I like to joke that I get two Mother’s days while Scott only gets one Father’s Day.  Scott wasn’t thinking about it being close to Mothers’ Day at the time he found a good price for a French Horn. The school only has a few French Horns that they are able to loan to students. I felt bad because our band instructor would take the best horn the school had from another younger student for me to play on. Then one day we surprised the teacher when I brought my new French Horn to class. He came in with the school’s loaner horn and was shocked to see me with my own horn. I smiled and pointed to Scott like I was blaming him for my new instrument. Everyone in the class cheered over my new Mother’s Day gift that my husband got me. Scott gained some major husband points in the eyes of the class that day. Pray for the band members as there are some upcoming opportunities for us to get to know them better.

Special Prayer Concern:  Bible Shortages

We try to stay out of politics here in Argentina, however when the political problems start interfering with our abilities to share the gospel we have to start praying hard. This is an election year here in Argentina and with the upcoming elections has come a restriction on imported items including Bibles into the country. Currently our only solution is to have people bring us Spanish Bibles when they come to visit us. The bookstores are still able to sell Bibles but they have limited supplies due to the import problems. For instance we were able to get some of the cheaper economy paperback Bibles that are printed in the country. We also still have on hand a limited number of pocket New Testaments and a few full Bibles in our current library. Please pray that the government will loosen their grip on imports and better quality Bibles to be brought into the country again.

Bonus Pictures

October 2023

September 2023 Report

Getting the building inspected

One of the things that we needed before having people at our meeting place was to have the building inspected to give us a maximum number of occupants in the building. One of our guarantors who also works for the city in a different neighborhood graciously offered to go with us to help us get our appointment set up. It made us feel a little better that we were not the only ones that had difficulty trying to get something like this accomplished as our Argentine friend had a lot of trouble getting somebody to understand what we were trying to do. The concept of a Baptist church is a very foreign one for many to understand. In their world there is the Catholic church and everything else. The idea that each church is independent, autonomous and local with no hierarchy or headquarters, does not seem to compute. We were successful getting an appointment for the middle of the month. The lady that was assigned to us turned out being a woman pastor that would inspect our building on the agreed upon day. We were not sure what kind of reception we would get on that day since our doctrine does not support both the supernatural gifts in 1Corinthians 12 or the idea of women pastors. As it turned out, however, on the day of our appointment to pick her up and bring her to our meeting place, she forgot that she had a doctors appointment for that morning and had to send her assistant in her stead.

We had a great time visiting with him! The inspection took all of about 10 minutes and the next hour was pleasant conversation at our building over a cup of coffee. He had worked for several years working with companies helping them soundproof and sound-deadening their environments and gave us many professional suggestions and approved the work that we had done already to the building! During the rest of the month we have been following his advice and working each week to improve the acoustics of the building where we will not be disturbing the neighbors.

Insurance set up

Toward the end of the month I received a call saying that our insurance policy for the meeting place has been set up and is in effect! There are still several more pieces to the puzzle that need to be finished but they are getting accomplished one after the other.

Curtains have been ordered!

One of the things that we are still needing for the sanctuary are curtains. The front of the building facing the road is glass and one other side is also glass. Currently there is a lot of echo in the main room which the heavy drapes will help immensely. They are scheduled to be finished and installed before the end of October.

Meeting on Sunday nights!

We have already been meeting in the back room each Sunday evening and are planning on having our first advertised meeting to be on the first Sunday of November in the main room. On our first meetings in the back we started off with just singing and then slowly added guitar, keeping everything simple. When we have our first full meeting in November, we plan on having full instrumentation. So far we have only had positive feedback from neighbors and people that we have invited. Pray that the Lord continues to give us wisdom!

~Thoughts from Stacie~

Renting a Place to Meet

I took a break from writing my part of the report last month. We needed to get the report out and I felt like our new meeting location was really the highlight of the month. There is so much that goes into renting even a simple storefront to meet in. I’m sure it’s a lot of work in any country but imagine adding on top of the normal stuff having to read over contracts and such in another language. Then once we finally agreed to the contract we had to coordinate the signing of the contract before a notary. There were a lot of steps! Then after carrying a big bag of money to the realtor we were finally given the keys.

Cleaning and Furnishing the Rooms

After getting the keys the work had just begun. We still needed to clean and furnish the office and the main room. The first part we set up was Scott’s office space. We added a desk, bookshelf, and chairs to the back room as well as a hot/cold water dispenser. We also bought 20 black padded chairs for the main room. While we don’t expect to have that many people to start with, we want to be ready for our first official meeting.

Sunday Nights

As part of our getting ready to meet we started meeting in the office room as a family. Even though we could have our normal Sunday evening Bible Study in our home we decided that taking the children to our location to have our Bible Study would first get us all used to going to a physical place. It also slowly gets the neighbors used to the idea of music on Sunday nights. So far we have only had one guitar along with our singing but we soon plan to add other instruments.

Naming our Bible Study

Our plans are to eventually have people wanting to be baptized and start a scriptural New Testament Church. In the meantime we are starting by offering a Bible Study in the neighborhood. As a family we discussed possible names for our Bible Study so that we can put the name on a sign and on our handouts. Hannah shared a Bible verse in Proverbs 14:26, “In the fear of the Lord is strong Confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.” In Spanish where it says “Strong Confidence” it words it “La Fuerte Confianza” which means “The Strong Confidence”. We decided that would make a good name for a Bible Study. Our logo on our sign and on our handouts will be entitled “Estudio Bíblico La Fuerte Confianza” “Strong Confidence Bible Study”.

Getting the Girls’ Ears Pierced

On another note the three girls have been wanting their ears pierced for a long time. We agreed to them having them pierced this year. The hard part was finding a place to get the piercings done. Here in Argentine parents usually have their baby girls ears pierced shortly after birth. I wasn’t too keen on taking our daughters to any old tattoo parlor to get their ears pierced. After putting the task off for quite a few months I finally asked our violin teacher who has several piercings where she would recommend I take the girls. She gave me the information of a friend that did piercings in a nice clean professional environment. The girls are so excited about their new earrings.

Elisabeth Levels Up in Violin Class

Another event that happened this month was Elisabeth was given the opportunity to play in a recital for passing to the next level. She had to play three songs by memory from Suzuki Book 1 in order to officially move on to book 2. She passed that level and will soon be joining the Level 2 group.

Taking Elijah to the Gym

I’ve been taking Hannah and Jonathan to the gym for a couple of months. We decided that Elijah was old enough to go with and the exercise would be good for him. I believe his favorite equipment at the gym is the treadmill but he also enjoys trying out all the machines. We started out with Hannah and Jonathan partnering up since they know the machines pretty well and I helped Elijah learn how to use the machines and made sure he didn’t go too heavy on the weights.

Homeschool Co-op/ Air Show Field Trip

We had our homeschool Co-op at the end of the September. After the usual classes we drove to a private air field where they were having an air show. We enjoyed watching the different events.

Templo Bautista

On Sunday mornings we have been visiting an Independent Baptist Church located north of Cordoba. They have welcomed our children as part of the youth and allowed our family to take part in their music ministry. When we needed guarantors for our new meeting place three of their members volunteered to help us. They have really been a huge blessing and encouragement to us. One of the Sundays this month their pastor invited Scott to preach on honoring God as a family.

Bonus Pictures

The first Spanish Bible was finished on September 28, 1569 During the month of September we were able to purchase several Bibles at discount to be able to give to people that come to the services!

A scenic view of the City of Cordoba taken at the mall where we were shopping for a new washer.

Our old washing machine quit working so we bought a new larger capacity Washer/Dryer combo.

Hannah, Jonathan, and Elijah performed in a concert in September

September 2023 Report

August 2023 Report

Renting and Furnishing a Meeting Place

Legal negotiation roller-coaster!

Until we get the legal permit for public meetings, we have been meeting in the office section each week for a time of prayer and reflection in the Word of God.

Renting a place in Argentina is a very involved process.  While some laws here, such as traffic laws, don’t seem to have anyone following the rules, other things are meticulously followed.  It took about three weeks of going back and forth with the realtors and owner to come to a rental contract that we all could agree on.  Many times living in a foreign country is like riding a roller-coaster in the dark; you are never quite sure what will be around the next corner.

We were able to get everything sorted out and on the 16th of August we set up a time to hand over a briefcase full of money!  We now have the building paid for the next three years and are just waiting on the city office to inspect the building to give us the document that we need for insurance stating our maximum capacity.  We have already been enjoying the use of the building.  I have my office almost completely set up and just took delivery of 20 new strong cushioned chairs for the sanctuary.  During the next three years that we have this location we would like to be saving up in the mission account in order to purchase a permanent place.  The Lord knows and is already working!

My office is set up to be both an inviting place to meet with people, teach a class, record a video lesson, audio message or just read the Good Book!

Meeting neighbors next to the meeting place

We have already had opportunities to talk to several people in the neighborhood.  There has been a lot of curiosity about us and what we are working on.  So far, the responses have been very favorable to us beginning a Bible study in this location.  One lady that owns a business next to our place, told me that she had been away from the Lord, but has been wanting to get back to serving the Lord.  We ended up staying for about an hour and a half visiting.  One person saw me bringing chairs in and thought that I might be going into business selling furniture.  LOL  I had an opportunity to share what we were really doing and tell him about Jesus. 

~Thoughts from Stacie~

We have been so busy this month with preparing the new location that I decided to take a short break from writing my page of the report. But don’t worry “Thoughts from Stacie” will be back with even more things to talk about next month. 

Bonus Pictures

So thankful for my family!

One of the things that I wanted for my office was a giant sized whiteboard!

Fire extinguisher and First aid kit for the building!

I had asked some of our friends here to recommend a plant that I couldn’t kill for my office!

Water cooler and pantry for the meeting place!

Getting little details fixed!

Teaching a watercolor painting class for the Homeschool Coop.

August 2023