September 2005

Dear Friends, here are some recent events to share with you:

Bible Baptist Church, Hualpén

Dave had the opportunity a few weeks ago to preach in a men’s conference in the church that we planted in 1985 in Concepción. The neighborhood has been renamed “Hualpén”. Around ninety men attended the meetings. On Saturday evening, Dave spoke to the young people’s group, and at the invitation a young man and a young lady made professions of faith.

The next evening, as Dave gave the invitation, four adults raised their hands indicating their need of salvation. Three of those folks then went forward to the altar to place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The fourth person did not go forward. It just so happens that the man that didn’t go forward was the mayor of Hualpén City. Pastor Leonel will continue to witness to the mayor. Please pray for this man’s salvation.

Hugo and Marcela Ulloa, Missionaries to Paraguay

Pastor Hugo and his family have come back to Chile for their regularly-scheduled furlough. They are spending the next few months visiting each of their supporting churches to give their report on the mission there in Mbuyapey. The accounts of their lives and work there in the interior are really quite powerful. No other known Baptist work is succeeding among the Guarani Indians. It is a lonely and difficult work, and we ask you to pray for this family.

Here are a few of their specific prayer requests: They have encountered much hostility from the Catholic church, so please pray for protection. They are finding it extremely difficult to teach young Christians how to leave their sinful past and pagan practices in order to conform themselves to the image of Christ, so please pray for wisdom for the teachers and courage and understanding for their converts.

And lastly, they are trying to raise funds to purchase a used jeep of some kind and will need between $8,000.00 and $10,000.00. There is no way that they will be able to continue an effective ministry there without better access to the area and to a larger city. This is partly due to the fact that their son, Esteban, is nearing school age, and there is no school for him to attend. There is a possibility that Marcela could teach Esteban, and even open a small school there (she is a certified teacher), but without a vehicle that would not be possible. Our church here in Santiago is doing all we can to raise half of that. Other churches will probably help as they can, but it will be very difficult for them to raise the total need.

If you would like to help with this very special project, please send your gift either to our clearinghouse or our sending church (addresses below), marked “special for Hugo Ulloa”. Our goal is to try to meet this need by Christmas.

Thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement.

Dave and Peggy