“…As we shared in our last letter, we are humbled by the privilege to serve our Lord in advancing His kingdom in Chile. It is our joy to share with you many great things that the Lord is doing here. Steve is currently redeveloping and preparing new courses in the area of expository preaching for the next school year which begins in early March. It is the desire of our faculty to train pastors to be expositors of His Word, so that believers can grow and mature in the faith, and glorify Him, as they are taught the meaning of Scripture….”
Our church currently helps to support Steve Schneider who is a missionary to Chile. (You can help support him through prayer or even financially if you make out a check to us and in the memo field put that the check is for “Missions” or “Steve Schneider”.)
One of the missionary groups Pastor Emilio encouraged us to look into, and one that his family currently supports, is Gospel for Asia. Below is a 4 minute video which will tell you about them:
“…All of the Chilean Christians have been so welcoming to us and we have enjoyed very much all of their services and classes that we have attended.
We are thankful that on Tuesday, August 10th, Steve taught for three hours the Biblical Counseling class in Spanish at the 4-year seminary program at the Facultad, which he had also taught at our church in Costa Rica. He has been invited to complete his teaching in this area of Biblical Counseling next week.
Praise the Lord that Steve has been asked to help further develop the Expository Preaching program in the 4-year program… Steve’ s greatest desire is to train men to be expositors of the Word, as is Doug’ s desire also. We are humbled that Steve is having this opportunity to be involved at this level so early upon our arrival here. This has further encouraged us to see the Lord’s hand in directing us here to serve in Santiago.
Steve and Doug are also in discussions on developing an expository preaching institute for the national pastors, who are already in ministry, as well as expanding the 2-year institute program to include course(s) in expository preaching. Over the past couple of years, the attendance in the 4-year program has been lower than in past years, but we are encouraged to have about 150 students in the 2-year program. Some of these student will pursue further training for pastoral ministry in the Facultad…”
When talking about what the mission of/from Christ is, Pastor Emilio took some time to look at the grammar of “The Great Commission”. The main imperative is not “GO!” but rather is to “make disciples!” (2 minutes):
It is always such a joy to hear how God saved an individual and then to see them get baptized. This is exactly what we did immediately after yesterday’s worship service.
First, Pastor Jay came up and shared with us what water baptism is followed by a small explanation of Romans 6:1-7 which talks about our one-time spirit baptism, which is what our water baptism symbolizes.
…do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk innewness of life.
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection…
This was followed up by the testimony of each person who was getting baptized, which was five people in all.
First Thomas shared:
Second was Jennifer (with her husband Billy by her side):
Third was Tim:
Fourth was Fabian:
Fifth was Ana:
This time was filled with emotions and great rejoicing in what God had done. After this each one was baptized:
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’“