Once again, I have been absolutely amazed. God continues to put his blessing on our ministry in Colombia. Many of you prayed much for our first service at Iglesia Bíblica Bautista El Faro in Bucaramanga. Following is a report of what God did.
- Around 40 thousand invites & tracts total were distributed
- 25 people attended the English Service on Sunday July 13th
- 39 or 40 people attended the Spanish Service that followed
- I was able to start a series in John, wherein I shared the first several verses and the thought, God Came to Us! He brought us eternity, he brought us light, and he brought us life. What an amazing truth! All we must do is receive him.
- 5 people informed us that they repented and trusted Christ alone to be saved!
- Most everybody said they’d be back and bring a friend!
- Many people came because they received an invite in the street or in their home, several came that were personal contacts of mine, some through our Facebook Page and some through the website.
- The visiting group from our sending church, Lighthouse Baptist in Dawsonville, has been such a blessing. They have helped paint and repair many areas of the church building, pass out thousands of invites and tracts the past week, and helped with a few things during the service. We thank God for their presence and help. Pray for my pastor, Charles Blackstock, who will be preaching our midweek service tonight (Tuesday).
- Sunday evening we participated in a special service across town at a sister church with Panamanian missionary, José Morales. They had a wonderful attendance with many visitors. My pastor preached, I interpreted, and the Holy Spirit did a special work.
Thank you all for your prayers and financial support. We have gotten off to a great start! With the funeral that the Lord allowed us to host last Wednesday, as well as this inauguration, we have seen dozens of people profess faith in Christ in the first week of our church! GOD IS GOOD!
Please continue to pray for us. We are just getting started! Pray that some of the young men that have already shown interest would allow God to move in their hearts and lives, and that He would call some to the ministry and let us train and equip them. This is what it’s all about!
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
Here are a few pictures from a wonderful day.
Well friends, the time is finally here! Sunday, July 13, 2014 is the official inauguration service of our church in Bucaramanga Colombia.
Countless hours of prayer, finances, preparation and literature distribution has been invested into seeing not only many seats filled in a service, but also Christ exalted and his Word expounded. We pray for many people to hear the Gospel, repent and believe on Him who is our hope.
Would you pray with us?
Thank you all who prayed for the funeral this afternoon. Honestly, it was an incredible service and it was such and honor to speak God’s Word.
There were over 100 people inside our building and another dozen or two outside. I though we only had space in our church for 80. I guess I was wrong!It was packed.
We sung a few songs, shared a testimony of the deceased’s salvation and love for others, and I was able to share a Bible message of hope and salvation from John 14:1-6.
What God did next was amazing. A large number of those present decided to make a profession of faith in Jesus alone for salvation. Most had heard that Jesus died on the cross, and had some form of religion, but they admitted that having religion and trusting in our own works is simply not enough. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! They repented and believed in Him.
We praise Jesus for the work he did today and pray that this fruit will remain. Many expressed their desire to continue with us and grow in their new life.
What an honor to this elderly saint (who herself accepted Christ just last May!) that new birth would take place at the service celebrating her death.
God was glorified. The family was comforted. God’s family grew by a bunch.
Thank you for praying! Please continue to pray for this family, both those that started new life today and others who are still grieving their loss.
I stand in wonder of His grace to allow us to be a part of something much greater than ourselves.
I snapped a few pics after I finished preaching before we dismissed. Enjoy…
PS – The visiting group from our church in the States made it in just fine. Pray for a productive and fruitful trip, and for the upcoming official inauguration this Sunday!
Just a quick update to let you know a little of what’s going on in the days before our church’s inauguration. We’re excited about what God is going to do on Sunday the 13th.
We have had another big opportunity dropped on our doorstep. I received a call two days ago from a Colombian lady living in the USA. Her mom, who also lived with her in the US, came back to Colombia to visit family. She arrived Sunday in Bucaramanga, where we live and minister, and that day had a massive heart attack and brain aneurism. Sadly, this dear lady passed away early yesterday morning. Her daughter, the one who called me, found our information online and asked if we could do the funeral at our church. Both the lady who died and her daughter are believers, but nearly all of the family here in Colombia is not. The dying wish of this lady was that the Gospel would be preached to her family at her funeral.
Today, Wednesday, at 3 PM Colombian time, 2 PM Eastern Standard Time in the US, I will be preaching this funeral. This will be the first service officially held at our new church building. The family expects around 50-80 people to attend, almost all of which would be family.
Pray as I preach the Gospel, honor the deceased, comfort the family and encourage these dear people to place their focus, their faith and their life in Christ. He gives hope. He gives peace. He gives life.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13
Thanks and God bless you all!
- Aaron & family
PS – Also be praying for my pastor and a group from our church that is already on their way here for a visit. We will pick them up from the airport immediately after the funeral.
Dear Praying Friends,
Ministry In Colombia
Excitement is building here in Bucaramanga, Colombia. We are gearing up for the launch of our church, Iglesia Bíblica Bautista El Faro (translated Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church), on July 13th. As we continue to make contacts and conduct a few home bible studies/discipleship around the city, we are also doing mass literature distribution. This includes a campaign in the church’s neighborhood, wherein we’re distributing flyers to 6,000 homes each week about the inauguration with a unique devotional thought and “hooks” to get people interested. We’ll do this for 4 weeks total, to the same families. Also, we have another 10,000 tracts and 10,000 invite cards that are being passed out all over our city. That’s a total of 44,000 pieces of literature! Pray with us that the Holy Spirit would bless these seeds sown and that we will see some fruit from this effort.
In addition, we are making contacts through a Facebook page and website that we set up for the church. Many have shown interest and expressed their plans to join us! You can check it out here: www.luzparasuvida.com (this means “Light For Your Life,” a motto for our church).
Be in prayer for my pastor, Charles Blackstock, and a small group from our sending church that will be coming down for a short term trip from July 9-18. They will be here for the launch of our church! I will post updates and photos about the church inauguration on our personal ministry website: www.bemagnified.org where you can also sign up for email updates to keep up with the latest.
Special Family Announcement
Just before Father’s Day, we discovered that God is entrusting us with another child, due in February. We give the Lord thanks, and pray for a healthy pregnancy for Aubrie and the birth of this blessing, Lord willing here in Colombia. Amira and Anabel, our daughters, are excited about getting a new little sibling. Amira says that Jesus already told her it’s a boy. :)
To Our Rope-Holders
Thank you for praying for and supporting us. You make it possible for us to be here. God is adding fruit to your account in Colombia! Also, thank you to those that sent a special offering to offset the church launch expense. It will be a wonderful blessing to the work God is doing here in the lives of many Colombian people.
As a matter of prayer, we have recently been endowed with many added expenses and our cost of living and ministry has increased. As such, we are praying for additional monthly support. If we were in your church during deputation and you were not able to support us at the time, perhaps now God would enable you to do so. Would you consider bringing this before the people?
Our schedule would allow us to speak to your church through Skype on a Wednesday or Sunday evening if this would interest you. You can always contact us through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a phone call/text (678-696-0082). We’d love to hear from you! We pray for you and appreciate you holding the ropes for us. May God richly bless you as you serve him where he’s placed you.
Love In Christ,
Aaron Vance & Family
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)