In the past few months, our ministries have been very active. Services are carried out every Saturday afternoon, with a group of 15 people who are taught by Pastor Alexander Yapapasca to share about the identity of children, self-esteem within the family, and how parents must raise their children. Now, couples get along better and their children are more obedient, parents are no longer involved in addictions such as alcohol, and there is better communication at home.
Every Saturday afternoon, the cell groups are held in Chasojuan (a community next to San José de Camarón), where 10 people attend to learn evangelistic subject matters about the new life in Christ from the pastor. Thanks to these meetings, a mother welcomed Christ in her heart, converted to the Lord, and maintained an intimate relationship with God. In addition, the people who live in the surroundings feel motivated to listen to the Word.
Every day, the Pastor and the tutors visit 4 to 5 households of the project’s children in order to share the gospel with the families, encourage them to seek God even more, to convert and to recognize the emotional, social and cognitive reality of their children. Now, parents are more motivated to attend the Church and are able to encourage their children to learn the Word.
Every Wednesday in the project, nearly 100 children from the project attend to receive teachings about the Book of the Great Adventure, which describes the creation and birth of Jesus (what Jesus did in the world, the resurrection, and that He should be accepted as their personal Savior in their hearts). The children are always motivated when they are called at the end of their activities and about 30 children have accepted Christ. From that moment onward, Pastor Alexander follows up closely so that the children keep their motivation alive and maintain an
adequate growth in the paths of the Lord. In addition, parents witness the transformations that their children have and are interested in attending the Church.
On Saturday, May 20, nearly 100 people between mothers and children (sponsored and non-sponsored) attended. This activity was put together to celebrate Mother’s Day. Everyone there tasted a delicious meal, children sang to their moms, they played games, and Pastor Alexander preached on “The Virtuous Woman.” All moms felt very special because they admitted that it was a very special time. Currently, more people are attending the services and also the cell groups.
In our construction, mingas [community work] have been carried out on a monthly basis, in which 20 to 25 parents attend to place bordering sticks (plum sticks from a thick branch, which are placed to set the borders of the pieces of land) and to clean the orange plants (to clean the moss of the plant, so that the fruit can grow properly). In addition, parents cooperate in the activities of the project and help serve the food to the children.
We have faced a few challenges in the past couple of months. The weather has caused some difficulties, because welding (with electrical energy) is needed to place the roof and if it rains, the people in charge of this work can be electrocuted. However, this will be done at the end of July, as soon as the weather gets better. Even with this challenge, a multi-purpose room and 3 classrooms have been built, although the walls have yet to be plastered, the floor has to be poured, and the roof has to be placed. In the kitchen and bathroom areas, there is still a wall to be built.
In the next few months, doors and windows will be placed in all the new construction.
As Pastor, I want to encourage you and tell you that God is always with you. Please continue to look for more children who need your help and always have Christ in your hearts. All this help you provide will be rewarded in heaven, as it is of great blessing to these communities who need a spiritual revival.
Angelita Segovia, cooperates in the mingas and attends the Church regularly
Thank God, my life has changed and I am well, since I did not know the Word before. I did not pray and I did not attend any Church. Currently, I have a good relationship with God, because since I met the Pastoral team, they encouraged me to congregate and when I heard the first preaching, I was very struck by the teaching because it served me to stop fighting with my husband and keep a proper communication with my children.
My husband attends the Church with me and he told me that he is very happy about this construction because the people of the community will have a place to learn more about the Word, and he collaborates in the mingas to keep the land clean.
My daughter is sponsored, she is very happy when she attends the project because she makes crafts, learns about Jesus, and memorizes verses. She is excited about this construction because all the children will have new classrooms to learn more about God.
When I attend Pastor Alexander’s preachings, I talked with other mothers and they admit that they like this construction very much. Furthermore, when the construction is finished, it will be a very impressive and beautiful building.
My neighbors and relatives have commented that the construction of the Church is being done in the most favorable way and that the children will feel at ease in these new facilities. It will also benefit the people because the community will have a safe, proper place to pray and study the gospel.
PRAISE AND PRAYER REQUESTS
• As Pastor, I thank the Donors for the investment they are making in order to benefit the children, and for the Church team to be able to serve them in all the areas they need. Thank you for all your help, so that the project and the Church keep moving forward.
- For all the families of San José de Camarón and for the children, so that we continue helping them and working for their benefit.
- For our work team so that God may give them the strength and be able to guide the children in the paths of the Lord.