This morning, we met a local missionary and Mauel Sosa (IMB missionary) and the pastor (Daniel) and associate pastor (Servando) of Iglesia Bautista Barrio Norte at a vacant building that used to be a church near one of our adopted barrios – Chacarita.
The building has a lot of potential – there is a fairly large sanctuary (seats about 75 or 100), a large patio (15 yards by 8 yards), a classroom, an office and a small bathroom available to the churches. After being vacant for a few years, the building was in remarkably good shape.
After visiting at the church, we went over the Pastor’s home – a very nice home – for an asado (grill-out). We met the chairman of the deacons and the chairman of the evangelism committee (how baptist is that?). After visiting we had a nice lunch of steak, bread, vegetable, chips, peanuts, and a nice dessert made by Berta Sosa (IMB).
After the enormous lunch, we visited about the plans. The church has a great vision for using the property – they had already met several times to discuss possibilities.
The building is in a great location – close to two major streets, a subway station, and a train station. One of the local missionaries estimated that about 100,000 people walk within a block of the building every day to the subway or the train. This has great outreach possibilities.
Initially, the church is thinking about using it as a community outreach center – do things like English classes, art, music, sports, Bible clubs, etc.
We can definitely come down and help with this type of outreach. They are also excited to follow up with anyone we met or reach with the gospel in Chacarita – I was very excited about their enthusiasm.
The team is doing well. Our translators arrived today, and we are very excited to work with them.
Tomorrow, I will be preaching in the morning at the Barrio Norte church, then we will do our Bible outreach in Villa Ortuzar. After that, the team will make calls and eat pizza while I am at the church to preach again at about 8 PM!
I have a few prayer requests:
- Pray for the potential partnership between NRHBC and Iglesia Bautista Barrio Norte.
- Pray for the outreach tomorrow in Villa Ortuzar – that it will not rain and that we will meet many people who we can follow up with the gospel.