ALUMNI PRAISE AND PRAYER

November 2012 Update

Ron & Chris Self  (1977)

Dear Faithful Prayer Supporters,

Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf during the past several weeks.

We enjoyed good services yesterday. Our High School teens were in charge of the entire service. One of our young men preached an excellent message, and the young people were in charge of leading the music, special music, and all other aspects of the service, including the ushers and the greeters. They did a great job and we thank the Lord for the young people that God has given us!

We have enjoyed several weeks of great ministry opportunities in the church. A few weeks ago God blessed our church through the ministry of Pastor Enoch Gutierrez from Mexico. Pastor Enoch preached several convicting messages, and there were several professions of faith and many others who made commitments to serve the Lord. Thank you for praying! We had the added benefit of some good Mexican food, prepared by Enoch´s wife. Mexican food is virtually unavailable here in Argentina!

On October 21 we celebrated Mother´s Day here in Argentina with our annual ladies tea. We enjoyed a good attendance and a number of visitors who heard the gospel for the first time. Please continue to pray for the salvation of souls as God continues to give us opportunities to preach the gospel to those who have never understand the message of the gospel.

This weekend, we will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the church in Don Torcuato. Brian Trainer will visit from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, and will preach at our Saturday night banquet and at our Sunday services. He will then teach a course on Islam in our Bible College. Please pray for him and Sherry as they travel and as they minister to our people this weekend and next week. Pray for the salvation of souls on Saturday night as we expect a number of visitors at our banquet.

Our church had the privilege this week of giving $10,000 pesos (about U$S $2,000), to the church in Lobos to help them finish their church building. It is important to teach our church, which has received so many blessings over the years, to continue to give to others for the on-going work of the Lord. We will also give our annual Christmas offering to the construction in Lobos. Please pray for the completion of the building in Lobos and also that our church would truly understand how blessed it is to give!

Our daughter church continue to do well under the leadership of Pastor Ezequiel in San Miguel and Pastor Jorge in Villa de Mayo. Please pray for these fine pastors as they serve the Lord in their churches. Ezequiel had the special privilege last weekend of leading a practicing Roman Catholic, who was religious but had never understood the gospel, to the Lord. She was overwhelmed with the fact that salvation was a gift of grace! Please be praying for the next-door neighbor of the church in Villa de Mayo, José Rodriguez. José has been a great neighbor and is studying the Bible with pastor Jorge. José has purchased a concordance and a copy of Vine´s Dictionary of Greek Words, so he is seriously studying the Word of God, but he is still unsaved. Please pray for his salvation.

Please continue to pray for Mark and Anahí as they schedule meetings and seek to raise their support to come to Argentina. They are very slowly filling their calendar for 2013. Several churches will make decisions regarding their support in the months to come. Please pray that God would soon provide their full support. We are anxious to add them to the ministry team here in Argentina.

I will close with an up-date regarding my detached retina surgery. It has now been about 14 weeks since the surgery, and there has been no measurable improvement in my eyesight since then. So, I have been given glasses to correct my eyesight to its maximum strength. They gave me glasses with a prism in the lense to correct the double vision that the surgery produced. They also corrected my eye-sight to the extent that they are able, although it is not even close to 20/20. They are also unable to correct some distortion in the size and form of what I see (that part would be difficult to explain, but everything I see is taller and narrower than it actually is). So, you may pray that the eyesight would improve, which is something that could still happen, but more importantly, I would appreciate your prayers as I make adjustments to the reality of my diminished eyesight, and learn to do some things a little bit differently. At the same time, let me assure you I am thankful for the sight that I have, and for a sovereign God who knows exactly what He is doing and why! One thing I know for sure - God will give me the eyesight necessary to do whatever He wants me to do in the present and in the future! Thank you for praying. .

Thank you for your faithfulness before the throne of grace on our behalf. We count on your prayers for the work here in Buenos Aires.

To God be the Glory,
Ron and Chris Self


November 14 Update

Dear Faithful Prayer Supporters,

Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf during the past week.
We enjoyed good services this weekend. On Saturday evening we celebrated the 29th anniversary of the church in Don Torcuato. Brian Trainer from Maranatha Baptist Bible College was our invited preacher for the weekend. He preached Saturday night at our anniversary banquet and on Sunday at our anniversary services. We had a good number of visitors who heard the gospel at our banquet. Please pray for their salvation. On Sunday Brian preached a challenging/encouraging message for our people as we thanked God for His faithfulness for 29 years and looked forward to what He can do in and through us in the future.

This week, Brian is teaching a course in our Bible College on Islam. We are presently half-way through the course, which is very informative and challenging. Since there are around 500,000 Muslims, or more in Buenos Aires, this is a good opportunity for our people to learn what Muslims believe and how to share the gospel with them. Please pray for some of our people who work all day and are studying from 7:30 to 10:30 each evening, that they would be able to arrive on time, be alert during the classes and fulfill their work responsibilities during the day. Also please pray for Brian as he teaches and for me and others as we translate the course.

Yesterday we had a record attendance of 34 at our Hospital Bible Study. We had to search for additional chairs as Brian Trainer shared the gospel with the parents and grandparents of many of the patients in the Children´s Hospital. This is a unique opportunity every week as we gather a group of very sensitive parents, with young children who are seriously ill, and are searching for answers from God. Please be praying for the salvation of many of these parents and hospital staff, and also pray that God would invervene on behalf of their children as they are cared for at the hospital. Also, please pray that God would give us wisdom as we seek ways to minister to these children and their parents on a weekly basis, and locate churches that can minister to them after they leave the hospital!

Our choir and orchestra are both working very hard as we prepare our Christmas musical. Please pray that God would begin to prepare the group of visitors that we expect for that event and that many would not only attend, but also respond to the gospel message.

Please be praying for Chris . . . A couple of weeks ago while I was away on a trip, the chain came off of our garage-door opener. Chris decided to repair it herself, but got her thumb caught in the chain/sprocket mechanism. After a very painful ordeal of getting her thumb out of the mechanism, Chris required a trip to the hospital where the plastic surgeon was able to save her thumb, which was in doubt at the time. She ended up with a broken bone in her thumb, multiple stitches both in and through her thumb, and a destroyed thumb-nail. Thankfully, the plastic surgeon did a very skillful job and things are looking good. However, Chris is still in some pain, will not be able to do menial house-hold chores for some time, cannot play the piano, or do much on the computer, etc. So, please be praying for Chris and for her complete recovery!

Please continue to pray for progress on my dissertation. I am getting near the end, but there is still significant work to be done. Please pray that I can prioritize the time necessary and get my part done, and that my editors and readers/committee members can facilitate the completion of my rough draft by the end of the year.

Thank you for your faithfulness before the throne of grace on our behalf. We count on your prayers for the work here in Buenos Aires.

To God be the Glory,
Ron and Chris Self


November 23 Update

Dear Faithful Prayer Supporters,

Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf during the past week. We trust that you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving day, truly giving thanks to God for His faithfulness to us. Chris and I enjoyed the day - just the two of us this year. Andrew, Romina and Emily were away, so we enjoyed a small turkey together, a football game, and the greatest blessing of all, here in Argentina, NO BLACK FRIDAY! We look forward to Christmas when we expect to have all of our family here together!

Please pray for an 82 year-old man that I met in the waiting room of my eye-surgeon this week. I was reading my Bible and he made a comment, which led to a significant conversation wth him and his wife. At 82, a life-long Roman Catholic, he confessed that he had doubts and was concerned about where he would spend eternity. I was able to share the gospel with him, between interruptions to have eyes dilated, etc.! I gave him some contact information and by the time I got home he had e-mailed, allowing me to share the gospel more fully with him. He has since responded again, inquiring about how God could forgive him of ALL of his sins, since he continues to sin. Typically, he cannot grasp the meaning of justification by faith. I will respond to his latest e-mail today. Please pray for his salvation and that of his wife. His name is Pier.
Please be praying about our Christmas Musical. Our choir and orchestra are both preparing diligently. Please pray that God would begin to prepare the group of visitors that we expect for that event and that many would not only attend, but also respond to the gospel message.

Next Sunday is our Annual Business Meeting. Please pray as our church elects deacons and other leaders, and as we prepare our budget for this year. We hope to send one of our young peoplto China this summer and several to Brazil on a construction team. Please pray that those opportunities would be come realities!
Thank you for praying for Chris´s thumb as it heals. Her stitches are out and she continues to heal, although she cannot bend her thumb much and still has some pain. Please pray for a complete recovery!
Mark and Anahi continue to need your prayers as they seek to raise their support to come to Argentina. They have made good progress this year and are praying that several churches that they have visited will vote by the end of the year to take them on for support. Also pray for them as they seek to schedule meetings for next year. I think they have scheduled almost 30 meetings for 2013, so far. Mark will be our summer camp speaker in February here in Argentina, so we are looking forward to their visit and ministry, and to seeing Sophia after a almost 2 years!

We continue to work on getting approved plans for the construction in Vicente Lopez. Please pray that we could make good progress on that, and then pray as we are expecting a construction team next March.

Thank you for your faithfulness before the throne of grace on our behalf. We count on your prayers for the work here in Buenos Aires.

To God be the Glory,
Ron and Chris Self

Posted: 11/13/2012  Expires: 12/13/2012

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