Thank you for praying for the summer youth camp. Several young people were saved and many made decisions to serve the Lord.
Many young people made the decision to enter the Bible College! I am happy to report that we have our biggest number of students enrolled ever, with 44! The fact that 22 are first year students indicates that there is excitement about preparing to serve the Lord. I am so thankful for the opportunities God has given us to help influence and train a generation of workers. We have students of Argentine, Paraguayan, Peruvian, and Bolivian nationalities that we are praying will go beyond this massive city and country with the gospel. Pray that those that have started will continue and be used mightily. Pray that they see the importance of planting new churches in La Plata, in Buenos Aires, in Argentina, and in other countries too.
We thank the Lord for sending a new church planter from the U.S. our way. In a few days, Patrick Henry will arrive with his family to complete their language studies here in La Plata before planting churches. After the first six months of our first term, we have been the lone Independent Baptist Missionaries on the southern end of Buenos Aires (population 6 million.) The need can be overwhelming at times. It is very encouraging that God is sending more laborers close by.
One thing that hasn't been very encouraging recently is our car situation. With various mechanical issues and a motorcyclist slamming in to Jennifer, in the last few months we have spent weeks with the car in the shop and around $2000 in repairs. We were saving up money to either buy a second vehicle or upgrade our current car, but now we have to replenish emergency funds. Pray that God would bless and give us wisdom about our car situation. We know that we serve an all powerful, all knowing, all loving God.
April 11-18 I will be attending a conference on Church Multiplication in Chile. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Joshua and Jennifer Smith are in Buenos Aires, Argentina to plant churches, train national leaders, continue teaching in the Bible College and expand the Radio Ministry.