ALUMNI PRAISE AND PRAYER

March 2013 Update

Ron & Chris Self  (1977)

Dear Faithful Prayer Supporters,

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

We had great services this weekend, which were very encouraging to us and to our people. On Saturday night, we celebrated the 8th anniversary of the founding of our daughter church in San Miguel, with special services. We enjoyed great fellowship with many people attending from the mother church and several daughter and sister churches, along with visitors invited by the church in San Miguel. My brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Decker, preached a great evangelistic message. Pray that God would continue to use it to bring people to a conviction of their need of a Saviour.

On Sunday, in Don Torcuato, we had a great attendance and many visitors present as we had the privilege of baptizing 7 people. Dr. Decker again preached the gospel. Please be praying for many who heard the gospel and need to trust Christ as their Saviour. Our people were also challenged to extend the grace of God to those around them as we seek to win others to Christ.

Last week in the hospital Bible study we enjoyed an excellent opportunity to share the gospel with almost 40 people. Please continue to pray for this ministry, that the gospel message would be preached with clarity and with power and the Holy Spirit would bring the conviction of sin and the need of a Savior to those who attend.

We are presently hosting a construction team of 14 from North Carolina. We got off to a good start today. Please pray for safety and wisdom as we work on the church building in Vicente Lopez. Thank for you for praying for the team as they traveled on Friday night. Their flight from North Carolina to Buenos Aires was routed throught Newark. However, storms in Newark make it impossible for them to arrive in time to make their scheduled flight to Buenos Aires. It appeared certain that they would miss their flight and possibly arrive in Buenos Aires one or several days late. However, God delayed the flight to Buenos Aires, and the airline even changed their arrival gate so that the team could disembark from their airplane and board the flight for Buenos Aires, while moving only from one gate to the one right next to it! Total time from landing to take-off . . . 22 minutes! They arrived in Buenos Aires as planned and began their weekend ministry! Thank you for praying.

I recently asked you to pray for a key young person in our church. Please continue to pray for him. Also pray for his family and for those of us who would like to be used of God to minister effectively to his life.

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
www.theselfsinargentina.com
VOIP 515-963-5382


March 11 Update

Dear Faithful Prayer Supporters,

Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf during the past week.
We had good services this weekend, with good attendances and 10 first-time visitors. The parents of a young man who attends our church visited, and three parents from our hospital ministry were present. Please pray for those who heard the gospel and do not know Christ as Savior, that the Holy Spirit would convince them of sin and of their need of a Savior.

We enjoyed a good ministry opportunity again this week in the hospital. Chris brother, Dr. Robert Decker, who was visiting with a construction team from his church, shared the gospel with a group of parents and then we prayed for their children. Please continue to pray for this ministry. Three mothers came to our church on Wednesday and on Sunday. Pastor Rob also shared a brief seminar with our people on Wednesday night which was very helpful to everyone who attended.

Much was accomplished this week in the construction in Vicente Lopez. The team of 14 from North Carolina, along with a good group of workers from our church, were able to complete several projects, including work on our bathrooms, the installation of some doors, some dry-walling, some painting, a loft that was completed for storage, the demolition of many walls from the old house, opening it up to become the church auditorium, and the removal of 7 dumpsters of debris. The site is now ready for the next step which will be to remove some pillars, if approved, and then put in the floors, a hung ceiling, etc. We are thankful for the team that came down to assist us. They were an encouragement to us and to our people. Thank you for praying for safety and for projects to be completed. We look forward to another group to help us complete this project, in October.
Please pray for Chris and me as we will be travelling to the U.S. tonight to prepare for my doctoral dissertation defense on Thursday. Please pray for travel safety and then that the Lord would help me in my preparations, and that He would help me to successfully defend the dissertation.

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


March 18 Update

Dear Faithful Prayer Supporters,

Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf during the past week. It has been a very eventful and busy week and we needed your prayers every step of the way.
I received a good report on our Sunday services in Buenos Aires. Andrew preached and there was a good attendance. We are thankful for the on-going work of God in our churches in Buenos Aires, even on those Sundays when we cannot be present.

Last Monday afternoon Chris and I left Buenos Aires to travel to Greenville, SC for my dissertation defense on Thursday. We had quite an eventful trip and an eventful week. We left Buenos Aires exhausted after having a work team the previous week and then getting ready for weekend ministries and for our trip. The first leg of our journey took us to Sao Paulo, Brazil where we had a 6-hour layover. We were very tired and wished we could use a Sky-Club for the day, where we would be able to relax, rest, eat, use WiFi, etc. and not have to sit protecting our luggage for 6 hours. We walked through that area of the terminal and I went in to ask what it cost was for the day. After they told me and I had determined that I could not justify that expense for 6 hours, a Brazilian business-man in line behind me pulled out a "Diamond Medallion" card and told the lady at the counter that Chris and I would be his guests for the Day! We were ushered in where we were able to enjoy a relaxing, restful afternoon! I thanked the man after he came into the club area, and he said, "My children tell me that I should do 'random acts of kindness.' The last time I did something like this it turned out that the people I invited in were missionaries traveling back to the U.S." Of course, I smiled and thought, "you may think your acts are random, but God knows exactly what He is doing." I then shared with him that once again he extended his kindness to a missionary! We had an interesting conversation!

In the evening we flew on to Washington D.C. and then to Greenville, SC. The university had very generously provided us with an apartment, meal tickets, etc. for our stay there. We were able to settle in and get some rest before I began to make my final preparations for my defense. The defense took place on Thursday at 4:00 PM, and lasted about 3 hours. While I was a little nervous at first, I was relieved to learn that they were pleased with my work and most of their questions and comments were designed to help me make the dissertation more clear and effective. At the end of the defense they asked me to leave while they discussed my work, etc. and then after inviting me back into the room, I was congratulated for having my dissertation approved! They encouraged me to publish my work. I am thankful for the faculty members of Bob Jones University who "shepherded" me through this process from beginning to end, constructively helping me each step of the way. I would also like to ask you to pray that my dissertation, which challenges the status quo as far as how to plant churches in the big cities of Latin America, would be used of God to bring about the use of a more effective strategy for urban church planting. I will spend a few days in the library, making final adjustments to the dissertation before returning to Argentina on Friday, and then I should graduate on May !

Before leaving Argentina, I had determined that I wanted to get someone in the U.S. to check my detached retinal surgery, and give me a thorough check-up on my eye. I "randomly" chose an eye center, based upon the web-sites that I could find. On Friday morning, I was told by a friend that the place that I had chosen was totally run by Christians and that they did a lot of missions trips, etc. So, when I arrived, it turned out that the Doctor that I had been assigned to was a missionary-kid from Brazil. They check absolutely everything, doing several tests and showing incredible interest in my case. In their opinion, my surgery was excellent, and there was not a lot that they could do to improve my sight. At the same time, they said that a cataract had developed on the surgically repaired eye, which is a standard result. So, at some point, I will need to have that caract removed. I was happy to know that everything that could be done had been done, and what I needed to have done in the future. At the end of my check-up, when I went to pay my bill, the cashier told me that it was all covered, no charge! . . . another "random" decision being blessed by a sovereign God!

On Saturday morning at 3:00 AM I drove down to Atlanta and took a flight to Flint, Michigan, where I spoke in three churches on the weekend. Two of these were supporting churches where I had been for a number of years. My time in each church was a blessing to me and I was able to share what God is doing in Argentina and preach the Word in each place. I also enjoyed several informal meetings/meals with groups/people that were a great blessing to my life. So, I had a busy and eventful weekend of ministry.

As I write this, my plane back to Atlanta is delayed in Flint, Michigan because of severe weather in Atlanta. So, please pray that I would be able to depart soon, as I have a 2-hour flight and a 3-hour drive back to Greenville tonight!

Chris has traveled down to the Tampa area to be with our daughter Susan for the few days that I am working on my dissertation in the library. Please pray for travel mercies for her as well and for a good time with family. Mark and Anahí are still in Florida doing deputation, so they are all enjoying being together.

Last night, Hugo, the father of Valeria Martinez Ferro (the wife of Dr. Marcelo), passed away. Please pray for Valeria and her family during this difficult time and also pray that Marcelo and Valeria might be a great testimony to the saving Grace of God at this time. Both of their families need to know Christ as their Saviors. I know they would appreciate your prayers.

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

To God be the Glory,

Ron and Chris Self


March 26 Update

Dear Faithful Prayer Supporters,

Thank you for your faithful prayers on our behalf during the past week. We had along trip back to Argentina on Friday and Saturday, surrounded by busy days in Greenville, SC and in Argentina.
When I wrote last week, I was waiting in Flint, Michigan for a flight to Atlanta that was delayed by tornado warnings and a severe hail storm. After about a 4-hour delay we finally took off and I arrived in Atlanta at around midnight and then arrived in Greenville on Tuesday morning at 3:30 AM. Thank you for praying for me as I travelled.

We had an uneventful trip from Greenville to Buenos Aires, with layovers in Washington D.C. and Sao Paulo Brazil. We arrived on Saturday afternoon, but our luggage did not! We were pleased that our luggage was delivered to our house on Sunday afternoon! Please pray for us as we seek to recover our strength after a busy time and long flights.

On Sunday, our church here in Buenos Aires surprised me with a reception to honor me for successfully defending my dissertation and earning the Doctor of Pastoral Theology degree. It was an enjoyable time, and I was happy to share it with our church family. Hopefully the entire learning process and the degree will be used for the glory of God in Argentina. We had good attendances on Sunday, with one visitor. Please pray for Alicia, that we would have further opportunity to minister to her.

Although we are about to have a 6-day holiday here in Argentina (combining Easter with another Argentine holiday), we are about to do some major construction on our property in Vicente Lopez. We hope to take the main columns out of the downstairs auditorium area, so we will need to build large columns on the outer walls and then use large I-Beams to span the width of what will be the auditorium. Please pray that this procedure would go well, with virtually no settling of any kind of the upstairs construction.

Next week our men will have a work-day at the camp that our young people atttend. Then on Tuesday, we will attend the inauguration of the church building in Lobos that our church helped finance and build. We are looking forward to seeing what God will do in that building and particularly in that evangelistic "inauguration."

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

To God be the Glory,

Ron and Chris Self

Posted: 3/6/2013  Expires: 4/5/2013

Return to the Prayer & Praise List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

return to the Alumni homepage |