Two New Churches! — November 2020 Prayer Letter
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Dear Praying Friends & Family,
Let’s just say it — 2020 has been crazy! However, even amidst the craziness of the COVID-19 pandemic, strict lockdowns, natural disasters, and the wild political climate, nothing can stop the spread of the Gospel!
A New Congregation Is Born!
On November 22, we launched the Agape Baptist Church. We invested two months into establishing and edifying our core group, as well as endless hours into preparing our meeting place. We have consistently had over 50 in attendance since then! God has allowed everything to fall into order. We are already working with some of the new believers in home bible studies and discipleship. We want to give a special thank you to those who gave generously to this new church plant. God is already adding fruit to your account!
Another Congregation Is Adopted!
Recently, I received an interesting request from another pastor close to our city. He left the charismatic movement years ago and has tried to lead his church to be more biblical. They have followed our ministry for a while now. He is moving away and does not have anybody to take the church in his absence. So, the day before we launched Agape Baptist Church, I met with this pastor and 35 of their members who want us to take over and lead their church. I will be going once a week to do a service in a facility lent to us by the local city government. The idea is to find them a permanent meeting place eventually and for one of our men to take over as pastor. This church was another utterly unexpected opportunity God has brought us. I think the name of the church is appropriate — Open Door Baptist Church. Pray as we go through this open door.
The Gospel Still Works
Since arriving in Colombia 7 years ago, God has done spectacular things. I would have never imagined the extent we would be able to plant churches and train leaders in so little time. But none of this success is because of any merit or giftedness on our side. It’s all God’s grace and his Gospel! Can I encourage you to believe that? Wherever you are, may we hold the conviction that the Gospel is still the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
Blitz Trip To The USA
Thanks to a supporting church in Florida, I traveled to the US for two weeks in November. During this time, I preached 11 times and got to squeeze in several other meetings and see some family. What a blessing! Since I traveled alone, I was happy to get back quickly to my wife and kids.
After enjoying a Thanksgiving meal, our family went around and prayed, thanking God for something special he has done this year. Alethea (who just turned 3) said, “Thank you, God, for the virus!” In everything, we must give thanks, right? We don’t know why God has permitted this year to be such a crazy one, but I’m glad he did. He works all things out for his glory and our good. We are grateful for his grace, his love, and the hope of his return. We are thankful for you too! Many of you support us with monthly or one time gifts, which permits us to live and work here in Colombia. Many of you pray for us regularly. Your prayers are obvious, given the blessings on the ministry here. Thank you! We trust you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Holiday.
For The Gospel,
Aaron, Aubrie, Amira, Anabel, Aris and Alethea Vance
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