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This past Friday, Alex Gulart and Cory Hodgson conducted their first Bible study in the border city of Posadas, Argentina. After a four-hour drive south to the Paraguayan city of Encarnacion, across the Paraná River from Posadas, they were joined by Alex’s friend Natanael who is currently a university student interested in ministering to Muslims. Natanael has some contacts at a university in Posadas, and they agreed to meet for a Bible study.

We met with Arnold, an influential student leader, and Patricia, who works in a café. Alex discussed some important ideas from the book of Hebrews and there was some great interaction. About halfway through the lesson, a young man named Emanuel overheard what was going on and asked to join the study. He had some great questions and was grateful to hear what Alex was sharing. After the Bible study we visited with a Christian man who is part of the Laotian community in Posadas and from there we visited a local Buddhist temple.

We are thankful for the contacts Natanael has supplied in Argentina and for his dedication to sound doctrine and evangelism. Please pray for our team in Paraguay as we seek to broaden our contact base in Argentina and continue to reach university students with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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A team of 20 students and leaders from 12 churches in seven states came together in July at Grace Christian University to prepare to serve cross-culturally in both Curacao and Bonaire as this year’s EXITE Team. After preparing lesson plans, special music, crafts, games, and testimonies in boot camp, we began our ministry about 40 miles north of Venezuela on the beautiful island of Curacao. It was great to serve together with our local leaders on work projects like building a storage shed, doing fence repairs, and helping to renovate the interior of the church. Sharing our testimonies, singing, and worshipping together with the believers in two churches affiliated with Grace Ministries International (GMI) was a blessing.

After a 25-minute flight, our next stop was the island of Bonaire where GMI missionaries, Carlos and Denise Brunk had a busy week lined up for us. In addition to lots of painting in the church’s meeting place, we were able to share the Gospel with kids in four Community Centers through the creation story. What a blessing to watch high school students stepping out of their comfort zone and sharing the Good News using the Evangecube! Another highlight was helping the church host a beach volleyball tournament as an outreach event. It was a fun night and many heard the Gospel as it was shared through the testimony of Pastor Marshall Look of the Netherlands. The local TV station and newspaper gave the event a lot of coverage. Neither of the two EXITE teams won the trophy but we had fun trying.

One can’t travel to Curacao and Bonaire without taking time to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. The snorkeling, the flamingos, the iguanas, and the salt flats were all incredible.

A big thank you to Carlos and Denise Brunk and the leadership of the two Curacao Grace churches for making this trip possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are we with Him or against Him? Confronting His adversaries, Jesus drew a line in the sand dividing everyone into two groups — those who stand with Him and those who stand opposed to Him. Pushing anyone who may have thought they were on the fence into one camp or the other, Jesus makes the dividing line even brighter declaring, “…he who does not gather with me scatters” (Luke 11:23). When it comes to evangelism, we are either among those who are gathering, or we are part of the problem — those who are scattering. There is no middle ground.

Grace Ministries International seeks to gather people from all across the world to Christ as our missionaries empower local believers to evangelize, plant churches, and train others as they share God’s love. The following are just a few recent examples of exciting things happening on our fields.

In January, 17 people professed their faith in Jesus Christ at an evangelism event in Senga Bay, Malawi, which was led by GMI missionary Bill Vinton and a team of Malawians. Two of these new believers returned the next day to hear more about God’s Word. Over the Easter weekend, Bill and GMI missionary Givemore Nyakambiri traveled to Zimbabwe where they taught and preached in the cities of Chinoyi and Musalabani.

GMI missionaries Ted and Kim Rabenold, serving in Tanzania, recount a recent conversion of one of their part-time workers, Frenki Fungamali, who has helped out at the Agriculture Outreach Center over the last year: “He has been inquiring about our faith for the past two months. He has been in close contact with our team of men and seen in a short time that they relate to each other differently than others in the village. I, as well as others on our team, have had the opportunity to speak to him about Christ. Two weeks ago both he and his wife trusted in Christ for their salvation and future. It was refreshing to see him contemplating Christ’s claims for a period of time before making their decision.”

Last month, GMI missionaries Carlos and Denise Brunk changed the format of their radio program from a weekly to a daily broadcast in an effort to gather even more unto Christ on the island of Bonaire and beyond. Also in March, GMI missionary Brett Chapman began teaching Bible institute classes in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Please pray for our GMI missionaries serving around the world involved in evangelism, leadership training, preaching, teaching, community development, and many other areas of ministry.

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