They Came to Encourage

What does the community look like where you live? Is there plenty of green space for kids to play and people to take strolls without encountering stained sidewalks and buildings overcome with graffiti? Does it take 50 minutes to travel 6 miles by car? Perhaps you take the bus or the subway where you live and know the experience of being crammed together with people you don’t know for an hour at a time. Where do you go to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle? How do you maintain a positive, upbeat, and hopeful spirit? These are but a few challenges for those who live in the Capitol of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires is a city rich in history and a current day global pathway to many parts of the world. At the same time, as a believer living among a population that is 95% unbelieving can become wearisome, especially when there is little to no response to the Gospel. With time being a high commodity, many sacrifices need to be made. At the end of the day, there just isn’t a whole lot of extra time to share with others, especially with people you don’t know. This is a real dilemma for believers living in the city. Sacrifices have to be made if the light of the Gospel is going to penetrate the darkness of the city that envelopes its citizens. Many times, believers have to be reminded of this spiritual truth to abstain from becoming complacent or even indifferent to the spiritual realities that they are a part of daily.

Thanks to God for fellow believers who come along side of us to remind us of these truths and encourage us along the way. This is exactly what a recent team of three people from the suburbs of Nashville,TN did. Their testimonies, I believe helped to rekindle the passion of sharing the Gospel for some while at the same time reminding them that God is mighty to save and that no one is “too lost” for God’s grace to radically transform their lives. Time was given to encourage men, women, and children to seek the Lord and be obedient to His calling. We pray that the the members of the local church will not be overtaken by complacency, but instead will be intentional in sharing their faith, praying for their lost friends and family members, and opening their homes for Bible studies.

Wherever you live and whatever your situation, would you take the time to prayer for the believer’s at Caballito Baptist Church to persevere in the midst of an energy draining city and to make the necessary sacrifices that will allow them to give their time to eternal things? At the same time, give thanks for churches like Lookout Valley that came and didn’t see people converted, but came to encourage others to persevere in their faith.

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