Dear Friends and Family,
We praise our God upon every remembrance of you. Your prayers on our behalf are crucial. Please do not stop praying for the Showers family and our ministry.
We were hopeful that we would be able to report in this letter that we had found a place to rent for our new church plant. However, there has been a delay. We were supposed to meet today with a contact for a church that has shut their doors. We would love to be able to rent that building as it is in a great location and would be already set up as a church (vs. renting a store-front). That gentleman had to cancel today due to illness. By the time you read this letter, we should have already met with him. But we still need your prayers for wisdom and provision each step of the way.
In the meantime, we are still serving in Iglesia Bautista La Fortaleza with Pastor Alfredo Gimenez. Jim has been preaching weekly through the book of Philippians. His Spanish is wonderfully improving with each week and is such an answer to prayer. Yesterday, the new semester began in the Bible Institute. Jim is teaching a Basic Doctrines course for the “newer” men in the church.
On Sunday, Kari had the privilege of speaking with a lady who went to the alter during the invitation. Cynthia recognized her sinful state and her need for a Savior and asked Christ to forgive her sins and save her that morning. Please pray that she will continue to come to church and that Kari can begin a weekly Bible study/discipleship course with her. Kari does continue to hold her other Bible studies studying verse by verse through John and Ephesians with several ladies.
Matthew was able to come to Paraguay for two weeks over Christmas. We succeeded in surprising Amelia and Sophia with his visit. It was wonderful to have him back with us for a short time. He is working hard, and we have received great reports from individuals at our home church on his service there. The girls were able to attend a missionary kid camp last month hosted by missionaries who are four hours from us. There were over 30 kids in attendance. They had a wonderful time of fellowship and worship, and they came back so excited for next year. While there, they hiked the highest point in Paraguay, Cerro Tres Kandú (elevation 2,762 ft). It took them about 7 hours total.
May the Lord continue to bless Him as each of you serve in your own mission field. The fields are truly white unto harvest.
Your Missionaries to Paraguay,
Jim and Kari Showers