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Having a church is much more than renting a place, hanging up a sign, and inviting people. It takes many people praying, supporting, and offering. We thank you all very much! – Alex Gulart

What Alex is describing here is a beautiful thing–the Body of Christ working together to bring the gospel to the world. Looking back over the past few years I am amazed to think that the inaugural services of Iglesia Bíblica Gracia (Grace Bible Church), Ciudad del Este, all began with presenting a new ministry opportunity to our brothers and sisters in Christ across North America. In 1 Corinthians 16:8,9 the Apostle Paul refers to Ephesus as a “great door of effective work” that was opened to him. We had a similar perspective of the opportunities in Paraguay, thus making it our joy to present the potential of the field to you. Since then you have partnered with us in prayer, guidance, encouragement, and financial support, all of which have been pleasing to God and a blessing to His ministry here. May 7, 2017 was a special day as a weekly Bible study became an officially established church within the inner city of Ciudad del Este. Alex delivered a Dr. Sam Vinton inspired message, breaking down the church title into its three parts as the foundation of the ministry in the community Grace (salvation in Christ alone), Bible (His Truth), and Church (the Body of Christ). We had a group of three dozen worshiping together, with people from Paraguay, India, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, the United States, Uruguay, and Bolivia, as well as those with a Lebanese/Paraguayan background. Praise be to God for this incredible evening!

Click HERE to see a video of the service.

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined with us in our endeavors for Christ in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay! This is a moment to be celebrated by all.

With much love,

Team Paraguay

 

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Frosty and Cathy Hansen, GMI missionaries in Bolivia, recently obtained their 3-year residency in Bolivia and they are praising the Lord! In their recent email update which was sent to their supporters and those interested in their ministry they wrote:

“A tremendous feeling swept over us as we walked out of the immigration office in Santa Cruz on May 3 with our passports in hand. Inside was the page seen above, indicating our papers had been accepted in La Paz and we are now official residents for a three-year period. Praise the Lord! The initial three-year residency is fairly new and a cost saver. Over the past number of years other missionaries have started with a one-year residency, meaning they would soon need to go through additional paperwork and expense to have it renewed, so the three-year residency is a true blessing!

“This now opens the door for us to get our Identification cards, a requirement for everyone in Bolivia whether a natural citizen or a foreign guest. We will present those papers on Friday morning May 5. Once that card is emitted, Frosty can pursue a Bolivian driver’s license after which we will purchase a vehicle, enabling us to get to our churches and accomplish our ministry with greater ease.”

Frosty and Cathy Hansen recently returned to Bolivia, where they previously served with Grace Ministries International from 1993-2004. Frosty’s ministry for the past 12 years has been as president of the Grace Gospel Fellowship (GGF), the association of pastors, churches, and organizations of which GMI is affiliated. They are getting involved in theological education, ministry training, mentoring, and women’s ministries. Please pray for them as they get settled into their life and ministries in Bolivia.

        

Above left: A great group of Santa Cruz pastors who were challenged to personal growth and the development of future leaders for the MEB (the Bolivian church, Misión Evangélica Bethesda)

Above right: Emanuel Church anniversary with Elisa Ortega and daughters, Silvana and Lilibeth.

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John and Naomi Caprari are overjoyed by the little miracle God has given them! Her name is Jael Lynn (pronounced Jayelle) and she arrived Saturday night, May 6, at 9:45pm. She is a tiny little one weighing in at 6lbs,1 oz and 19 inches long. She is healthy and mom is doing well. We here at Grace Ministries International say congratulations, John and Naomi! We praise the Lord for Jael’s safe arrival!

          

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A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Harry and Kaylah Alicea, GMI missionaries in Puerto Rico, on the birth of a baby boy on April 29!! Jairus John Alicea was born in the afternoon at 3:58pm! He is a healthy baby weighing in at 8lbs 4oz and 20in long. Harry and Kaylah are so thankful he is finally here and everyone is doing well! Welcome to the GMI Family baby Jairus!

        

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A litte girl walks over…

She holds one finger in the air.

“Dame uno.”

She says it a bit forcefully. Perhaps the years of practice had pushed away any shyness. I look at her face, her eyes are lively. She is a fighter.

In a culture where a neat appearance is everything, her hair is matted and her clothes have been well worn. Her job is to beg in the park and this is her uniform.

Another day we see her again. This time barefoot, she asks for money to buy shoes. When she walks away I see her flip- flops tucked into the back of her skirt. That’s just the way things are, her family needs money to survive.

Over the summer we spend a little time with her almost every weekend. We get to know her, ask about her family, her school. We get to talk to her a little about God. She holds the babies from time to time and walks with us. She is a sweet girl with a big heart.

The Lord brings her to mind often. Little Milagro. Her name means miracle.

We ask for prayer for these kids we see at the park, and you pray for her by name.

A friend begins a Bible club for kids in her neighborhood. In Milagro’s neighborhood. Two weeks ago she lets me know that they asked her if she understood the gospel and she said yes! She knows Jesus as her Savior and is trusting in Him alone for salvation. She is now involved in church with other believers, excited to learn.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything but only God who makes things grow” 1 Cor. 3:7.

And so we are all a little bit a part of her story, and many others will be too.Those who pray, those who share the good news, those who teach her the Word and encourage her in a life of faith. And it is God who gets the glory because He is bringing all these parts together, He is causing the growth.

Please pray for Milagro today. Last week she was making coffee for a neighbor over a fire and the scalding liquid spilled down her leg. She is healing from very painful 3rd degree burns and her family does not have finances for extensive medical care. Praise the Lord that basic hospital care here is free and she was able to get some treatment. Pray that she will continue to grow in her walk with the Lord and be a light for Him in her neighborhood. Pray for the Bible study at Maria’s house reaching these children and their families.

Today’s post was written by Debby Chapman. Debby, along with her husband and four children, are missionaries in Nicaragua. We have so loved seeing them follow Christ to Nicaragua, adjust to their lives there and serve Him so faithfully, despite ever challenging times in the health of their family. Thank you for reading, sharing, and interacting with all of us here at Grace Ministries International, through social media and for your prayers and support for our missionaries all over the world.

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