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Land is needed in Paraguay and Panama. The church plant in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, rents a facility that does not have enough room for the current congregation let alone for growth. There are 35-40 consistent attendees while several more participate in different weekly events, and even more visit during the month. They need to purchase land or a building which they can develop in order to grow their church through evangelism and train new leaders to help with the church planting efforts locally and throughout the country. Below is a video made by our missionaries in Paraguay in which they share their need for another place for their people to meet.

To get a jump start on the ministry in Panama, GMI is encouraging the missionary team to purchase land where they can plant a church, conduct outreach, and train Panamanians for ministry. Economic conditions are now favorable to buy property in a strategic and developing area just north of the city of David in the western part of the country. Visit the project page at gracem.org to help with these projects.

 

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A Bible study in Caaguazú

GMI missionary Alex Gulart writes this: “A few months ago, we started taking trips to Caaguazú, a small city of 130,000 people, around 90 miles away from Ciudad del Este, when a friend of a sister from our church mentioned two things to her: 1) the difficulty of finding a church with sound doctrine, and 2) her desire to open her house to study the Word of God. These 2 comments made noise in our hearts and with prayer we started going there. The mother of Elvira (our contact there) had a stroke so we had to stop going for a few weeks while she focused on taking care of her mom. During that time Etienne was born and I had to go to Uruguay for my father´s health. Two weeks ago we started going again. We have had 2 Bible studies so far with 8-10 people attending. There are a lot of possibilities of ministry there (we can visit the prison, the hospital, the nationals, etc.), and we are making good contacts. We are so excited to see how God is blessing little by little our work there. Please pray for wisdom and God´s guidance so we can take the right steps.

“Encarnación is the third main city of Paraguay with almost 210,000 people. It is located around 185 miles from Ciudad del Este. This beautiful city was always in my heart since we came to Paraguay. Encarnación is a mix of cultures, surrounded by different colonies (Germans, Ukrainians, Japanese, Brazilians, etc.), and also a large, growing Muslim population (they have 2 mosques already). We know that there are a lot of people who are searching for a Bible church but they cannot find one – this is sad but true. But God is at work! He provided a young follower of Christ named Natanael (pictured right) from Posadas (pictured left), the neighbor city on the Argentinian side (just crossing a bridge to get there). He moved from Posadas, Argentina, to Encarnación, Paraguay, just following a desire to reach the foreigners in this city. He studies at the University of Posadas, so the possibilities in that city are real and we may start a Bible study inside of the University. Please pray for open doors, because if God opens a door for us, we want to enter and give Him the Glory that He deserves. Please pray that God give us passion for His name…if we are passionate for His Holy name, we will be passionate for making His name known among the nations, reaching the souls that don’t know him yet. Please pray for the hearts of the people we talk to… that they might come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Stefanie Sherman, daughter of GMI missionaries Steve and Barb Sherman, started her travels for the summer making ministry videos for GMI missionaries by visiting all the missionaries in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. She took lots of video footage of their ministries and family life–enough for five videos!

Then she was off to Africa, the place that is very special to Stefanie because she was raised in Tanzania. She was very excited to return to that continent and do something special there. She is spending a total of five weeks between Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania with the missionaries who are like family to her. Here is her schedule:

Malawi: July 2-16

Zambia: July 17-23

Tanzania: July 24-August

Stefanie does have some prayer requests for what she calls her “crazy journey” so I would like to share those with you:

  1. Safe travels (luggage, connections)
  2. Good time management and scheduling
  3. Good work ethic for her
  4. Good health and adequate rest
  5. That God’s will and direction for these projects would be what she walks away with

One of the videos Stefanie did while she was in Paraguay can be seen below. As you enjoy this video created by Stefanie, consider being a part of the team to strengthen the church in Paraguay by giving to the Paraguay Land Project.

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Congratulations to GMI missionaries Alex and Deltha Gulart who are serving in Paraguay on the birth of a baby boy, Etienne! He was born this morning at 6:50 am Paraguay time and joins his sister Ainhoa and brother Bastian who have been awaiting his arrival. Etienne weighed in at 9 lbs and is 20 inches long. Deltha and Etienne are both doing well and resting comfortably!

Thank you to all who have prayed for Deltha during her pregnancy. Those prayers are greatly appreciated.

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