Thursday, March 13, 2014

Full of Praises!

Thank you so very much for praying for the outreach event last Christmas! We invite you to praise the Lord with us as well over 200 Spanish speakers heard the gospel, enjoyed a hot meal, participated in the festivities, and went home with Bibles and tracts. Although this event requires much planning and effort, we both agreed afterwards that it felt much "easier" this time with such wonderful collaboration from Spanish speaking church members forming teams, and with invaluable help from our brothers and sisters at Evergreen Bible.

Team members

Blessing us with a beautiful voice

Baskets of groceries to raffle out

Giving a warm welcome

Listening to the gospel

Working on a craft

Enjoying a hot meal of "posole"

Listening to the story

Sharing the message of salvation

We pray that the Word that was shared will continue to take root in the lives of the Spanish speaking community around our church and in our neighborhoods.

For New Year's Eve, we enjoyed a late-night potluck where each family brought a dish typical to their native country. What a joy and blessing to see such diversity of cultures and backgrounds! A special worship and share service carried us through midnight as we praised the Lord for the year that had passed, and committed to Him the new year to begin.

We plunged into the new year with efforts to strengthen leadership and to improve current ministries within the Spanish ministry of Evergreen. Jose meets with a wonderful team of leaders every other week on Wednesdays. The women meet monthly for a time of fellowship. Praise the Lord, this last meeting included many commitments from the women to join in the work of the ministry that we all might be active in serving the Lord and the body!

This year the church was presented with an "each one reach one" goal, that this year an approximate 100 people might hear the gospel and accept Christ as Savior. Would you pray with us, that the Holy Spirit would move in our hearts and open our eyes to opportunities to share the gospel, that we would be faithful to our commitment?

Prayer Points:

  • Men's leadership team, for wisdom to lead
  • Evangelism 2014, that each of us would reach one for Christ
  • We need two more Sunday School teachers!
  • For the women who made new commitments to serve in the church
  • For the challenge and difficulty of balancing family needs and ministry needs
  • Finances, as more monthly expenses are added by obligation (e.g. health insurance costs)

Thank you for coming alongside us in prayer! We are truly blessed that God would allow us to continue in this ministry in this sixth year since we began. May He be glorified and His kingdom increased!

We would love to hear from you, dear friends! Comments and messages are welcome, that we might know how to pray for you. If you are in the area, please come by! The coffee's hot and ready to serve!

God bless,
the Alvarez family