Our most recent trip to Cali, Colombia proved to be extremely fruitful.
On Friday morning, we had the privilege of meeting Br. John Cerquera from Bogota, Colombia. He is a mature, loving Brother who has been consecrated for nearly 30 years. The three of us performed three bible studies with interested people who currently attend our weekly study group. We worked patiently with them to correctly expound the truth to them, especially regarding the false teaching of the Trinity.
Later that evening, 5 Bible Students from Envigado, Colombia arrived. This included Br. Rafael, Br. Libardo, Br. Silvio, Sr. Estefania and Sr. Eleana. They are a very loving bunch.
On Saturday, all 85 in attendance enjoyed lunch together, followed by 2 discourses by Br. Rafael and Br. Libardo. All in attendance were encouraged by the discourses and by the fellowship. That evening we met Norma Alvarez, an enthusiastic former JW, who is enthusiastic to consecrate and start a group in her town of Palmira, Colombia.
On Sunday, all 121 in attendance, enjoyed the second day of our mini-convention. Again, we had lunch together, followed by Br. John, who gave a lively discourse on Freedom in Christ, followed by Br. Rafael who gave the second part of his discourse from Saturday regarding original sin. In total, over 100 brochures and 30 Bibles were distributed.
Although there is still teaching needed for the 40-50 members of our new class, most of them possess the most important ingredient needed to become a true Christian, a loving humble heart and the acceptance of Jesus redeeming sacrifice! We are all eagerly looking forward to our next visit in January with Br. David Stein.
We sincerely appreciate all of your prayers and gifts of mercy. May we all press on toward our prize, as a United Body in Christ, to the Glory and Honor of our Heavenly FATHER!
Although my latest trip to Cali, Colombia only lasted 4 days, it proved to be extremely fruitful. We invited all of those who previously attended my public discourse in July entitled, “God’s Great Plan of Salvation.” To my joyful surprise, there were 68 in attendance at our first Bible study meeting today. We studied several pages of the “23 Lessons” brochure produced by the Dawn. We will have weekly online meetings in Spanish every Sunday. I will return every 8 weeks to encourage and teach the new group for several days in person, along with at least one other of our Brethren from the U.S.
In total, there are still over 100 souls who've shown a willing spirit to attend our classes. Over 100 brochures and 50 Bibles were distributed. In Colombia, we intend to keep the Gospel message simple and unadulterated, stressing foundational truths and character development. I appreciate your prayers and encouragement regarding this Latin American ministry. May we all continue to pick up our crosses as we press on toward our crowns, as a United Body in Christ, to the Glory of our Heavenly Father!
I arrived in Medellin, Colombia and met with Bro Lopez, an elder of approximately 20 years along with approximately 18 other baptized members of the 2 classes that he serves there. They were very hospitable and welcoming. I gave a 40 minute discourse entitled “What It Means To Be A True Christian.” The discourse highlighted our Christian obligation to live a life overruled by Love, Faith, Mercy, Forgiveness, High Moral Standards, Obedience to Our FATHER and Our Savior, as well as fulfilling our commission to preach the Gospel. It was very well received. They had fond memories of previous trips from Bro Mike Schilling and Bro Joe Panucci. My trip lasted 5 days. They send their Love and Prayers to all the Brethren in the U.S.
The 2nd part of my trip was a 10 day visit to Cali, Colombia. I distributed 1000 invitations in anticipation of my public discourse entitled, ‘GOD’S Great Plan of Salvation’, which was given on July 1st at a hotel meeting room. There were 108 in attendance. After the discourse, lunch was served and all of those in attendance who were interested in learning more were invited back for a Q and A discussion. To my joyful surprise, over 90% returned. In the subsequent days, I met with over 30 additional families who expressed interest in learning more, attending weekly online meetings in Spanish and possibly joining the new Ecclesia we’re forming there in Cali, Colombia. In total, over 200 brochures and 60 books were distributed.
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