(Our church, before we painted it, and put in new lights.)
~We had a good Sunday in the Lord! Due to circumstances beyond our control...only Phillip could go to church today. (The kids and I had church here!) There were 24 in the service this morning, and God helped. Phillip has been trying to have classes before church on Sunday mornings....teaching the people in preparation for baptism...but every time about 2 to 4 people come. So, today he switched it and let out service about 11:45 and then taught the baptism class for those last 15 minutes, and there were 8 or more people that stayed. YEA! The ones that want to get baptized later on, have to attend these Christian Beliefs classes. There are several ladies that want to get baptized, but they are living in sin. Please pray that God will save their souls and change them, not just for our sakes, but FOR THEIR SAKES!
~As you know our churches, are in one of the WORST areas of Colombia...the Guerrilla ("army" that is against the government, and is VERY DANGEROUS, kidnapping, and killing whom they desire!!!!) is very prevalent in Corinto. Here, people from the USA...are looked at as "MADE OF MONEY!" So, our family is in more danger of being kidnapped for that reason, ...THE GUERRILLA IS THINKING OF RANSOM MONEY!!) Phillip had just finished teaching the baptism class and was preparing to leave the church, when a girl came up to him with a message from her mother..."PASTOR...LEAVE NOW!!" So, Phillip quickly gathered his things, and LEFT! There was a group of men (probably a part of the Guerrilla "army") drinking or drunk near the church...and Phillip had to walk past them to go and wait for his bus to get home. THANK GOD FOR HIS PROTECTION! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR OUR SAFETY...WE NEED EVERY PRAYER!
(Us in the front of our church...and NO I DID NOT DECORATE THE FRONT! =)