A lot of things are still operating only online. Since our last newsletter, Ricardo presided over the annual meeting in Paraguay...online...and he is scheduled do the same for Puerto Rico (March 27) and Vz (April 17). Likewise, he will be virtually attending area directors meetings and Asbury Seminary Board of Trustees meetings in the coming months.
But, something new is also in the air. It is like a rebirth...and maybe that is why Episode 7 of The Chosen was so touching. Even if you haven't seen the series, you know the story. Nicodemus is asking Jesus, "How can someone be born when they are old?" Jesus' response is, "Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."
As the Coronavirus pandemic hopefully winds down, there is a sense expectation and excitement in the air. What better time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Because of Him and His sacrifices, rebirth is possible for each and every one of us! We know that even when the world seemed to be hibernating, really just in the last 6 months, over 1,115 new people came to faith in Christ and over 250 were baptized through the Community Church Planting movement in Latin America. Our prayer is that God will continue to use everyone on our team in that birthing process. May we all be committed disciples who multiply committed disciples!
We are so thankful for each of you and our great, great God who brought us together! Your prayers and financial support enable us to continue participating with God in the restoration of Latin America.
Ricardo, Beth, Juliana & Jonathan
PS. One of my long-time friends recommended The Chosen
to us. If you haven't already watched it, we are recommending it to you now. And, if you start now, you won't have to wait too long for season 2.