We arrived this morning and it was smooth sailing through customs and immigration. Our driver met us right outside security and after taking ages to change money we headed to the hotel.
After dropping our bags off at the hotel we started walking to get the lead outta our legs. After a good walk we grabbed the subway and headed to the Villa Crespo church.
It just so happened that Nadia, Guillermo’s wife was there and some members of Barrio Norte church. So we had a nice reunion.
We broke into groups and headed out around the neighborhood, particularly targeting elementary schools, to post signs about the movies that will take place on Monday through Thursday afternoon. We passed out flyers for about an hour and a half and in the process passed out all 500! We do work.
Then we ordered pizza and empanadas for lunch. In other words, lunch was delicious.
After lunch we taxied back to the hotel, checked in and took naps.
Tonight we decided to stay close for dinner because we head out at 6:30 AM for the port to catch a ferry. Dinner was good and we just made it back to our hotel.
I did the math and need to go to bed 20 minutes ago in order to get 8 hours of sleep tonight…so goodnight everybody!
p.s. I tried to post this last night but was having wifi problems so I am posting Saturday night.
Guillermo Otero, leader of the Iglesia Bautista Villa Crespo, created a video in which he thanks God for the ministry of NRHBC in Buenos Aires.
Below is an account of the Christmas party on December 18, 2011 from Manuel Sosa – IMB missionary to Buenos Aires that is retiring in December 2011 from the mission field. For those who have met Manuel and his wife, Berta, you know their heart for the lost people of Buenos Aires and how they tirelessly worked to advance the gospel.
“Yesterday (December 18) we had the Christmas program at Villa Crespo. It was a combined service with Barrio Norte and there were about 70 people present. Four new people, who had never been to the church before accepted the Lord!!!!!!!!!!! All the kids are a direct result of the classes being taught at the Casa de Amistad.
Once again, let me say thank you to NRHBC and each one of you as ministers and to all that have prayed, given and come to make this project possible. A year and a half ago, this place was shut down but now there is life and light in the building for the community.”
Below are some pictures from the event.
Over 60 people showed up for the ceremony!
Saturday afternoon, December 3, our national partners had the closing of the Casa de Amistad for the year. In Argentina, the majority of people go on extended vacation through their Summer months of January and February. (The activities at the Casa de Amistad will start afresh and anew in March, 2012)
At the Casa de Amistad a variety of classes are offered including classes to learn how to play instruments, cooking classes and even electrical classes. The students performed on guitars, saxophone, trombones, trumpet and the drawing students showed off their work plus the electrical students also had a display. Berta Sosa’s cooking class provided chicken wings, empanadas and Christmas cookies that they prepared.
About 60 people showed up for the ceremony, which is a blessing from God! Most of these were non believers, parents, relatives and friends of the students. Our national partners were all surprised by the number and thankful to the Lord for what He is doing on His time.
The Sunday services have now been moved to 6:30pm and will continue through January and February.
Below are some pictures of from the celebration.
The cooking class made Christmas cookies
Electrical class showing off what they learned
Join with me in praying for God to continue to do great things in Buenos Aires to draw people to himself.
Manuel and Berta Sosa
Manuel and Berta Sosa spent their life on the mission field and in a couple weeks will retire. The Sosas have served in many locations in South America, including Buenos Aires, Argentina. Our mission teams have been blessed to work alongside Manuel and Berta, particularly in establishing the work at the Iglesia Villa Crespo, formerly called the “Casa de Amistad.”
While we are sad that Manuel and Berta will not be in Buenos Aires next year, we rejoice that they are able to retire to spend more time with family. We are doubly blessed that the Sosas are retiring to the great state (republic, really) of Texas, and will live only a couple hours from NRHBC.
Perusing the IMB website the other day, I came across an article that demonstrates the faithfulness of the Sosas. To read the article, click on the link below.
Feel free to post your favorite memory of Manuel and Berta in the comment section below.
Jason and Kelli Frealy serve in Buenos Aires, Argentina as missionaries with the International Mission board along with their three kids – Daniela, Nicholas and Michael.
Click on the link below to read the Frealy Family Update for November.