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Anthony & Roxy Green – June 2018

As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army. 2 Samuel 5:24

Many an athlete has been disqualified for “jumping” the starting gun. As believers we are often like the athlete, devising strategies before first seeking counsel of the Lord. Seeing the enemy thwarted is the Lord’s work but He calls us to play our part, firstly through persistent prayer, pleading with Him to open doors, and then when He does, we must act promptly and with courage to face the spiritual battle ahead.
The battle is hard but Roxy and I are much encouraged as we seek to support the leadership of the church at Buenos Aires, Arequipa. Please pray with us that the following prayer items will bring glory to God alone as we see His church grow.

1. Student Outreach
Please pray for Juan José, and Jessica Cuadras, two of our young people reaching out to students in the local University. Before going on to the Campus for daily personal evangelism, they meet for prayer at 6.00 in the morning. Recently they travelled to Chile for a conference, and in their report to the church, not only was their own personal zeal for evangelism evident, but also that they were encouraged by the zeal of the Chilean churches. Juan has preached a few times in our church; pray for his spiritual growth as well as for others who desire to serve the Lord and use their gifts.

2. Marriage counselling
Please pray for Roberto, who has responsibility within the fellowship. He recently returned from a conference aimed at helping those facing marriage problems. He has a number of friends who are facing such trials and so has a burden to reach them with the Gospel. He currently hosts a meeting in his own home, but we are just waiting on the Lord to see if this is a further area where we can offer support. Just recently the wife of one of our young couples asked Roxy for some advice. Could our home be used for this much needed yet sensitive area of ministry, or do we continue meeting at Roberto’s? Please pray for clarity in decision making.

3. Home groups
Please pray for us as we consider developing church house groups. A year or two ago, Pastor Carlos and myself attended a Conference led by a Brazilian Pastor, examining the issue of growing the church through house groups. Churches around the world have grown exponentially through such ministry. Pastor Carlos has sourced some good material to use, and, apart from deepening fellowship, he seeks to prepare some of our younger men for leadership of these groups. Pray that this preparatory teaching will be greatly blessed by the Lord and that wise and clear structures will be in place before they begin. Pray for Roxy and me as we, alongside Carlos, pay periodic visits to the groups to encourage the continuation of vision and focus. Pray also that new converts can be readily and wisely fed into the right group.

4. General prayer points
Rejoice with me over the inconvenience of a flat tyre! Dealing with a flat tyre gave me an opportunity, for over an hour, to share the gospel with Emerson. I was able to give him the booklet, Reasons to Believe, and he has asked to meet again soon. Please pray that I might be able to point him to Christ, I feel he is not far from the kingdom.
Please pray for Ismael, 12 years old and the nephew of one of our members. He is due to have a serious heart operation this month in Lima. Pray also for his mother, who attended the church recently, and for the whole family at this time.
Please pray for Samuel as he leads the young people’s meeting on Saturdays. Pray for those unsaved who attend.
Please pray earnestly for Nancy, Pastor Carlos´s wife who is undergoing radiotherapy treatment for her cancer. Pray that the Lord will provide the funds necessary so her treatment may continue.
We are encouraged by the prospect of more baptisms. Please pray for Carlos as he leads these classes and that the candidates may grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5. Villa Magisterial
As shared in our May Prayer Letter, the outreach work at Villa Magisterial is now under the direction of the church at Buenos Aires. This has given it fresh impetus, not only in prayer but in help and support from church members. Their attendance, from young and old, has brought a more lively spirit to the meetings.
Please pray for the opportunity that this work gives for some of our young men to develop their gifts.
Please pray for a special evangelistic outreach on Father’s day, 17 June. We long to see more fathers converted.
Please pray for Vilma, who recently expressed her desire to receive the Lord as Saviour, and for Walter, whose wife attends the church. She says he has heard the gospel from some work colleagues, and desires to meet with us in the near future.

6 Financial Support
Please pray for our financial support. Recipients of our prayer letters will know we have never mentioned finance, until more recently. However, given the significant shortfall in the level of our support, there is a real need for an increase in giving if we are to achieve the required 100% designated giving. Clearly we must first look to the Lord, yet we are deeply grateful to those who have already pledged additional monies. If what we have shared has encouraged your heart and you feel you can give, either new money or make an increase on your already valued contribution, that would be greatly appreciated. Gospel truth is impacting Peru, we are so happy just to be part of that growth but equally we desire that you partner with us, sharing in the joy of seeing Christ’s kingdom grow, and all to His glory alone.

For further details on how you can support us financially please contact either Maciek Stolarski on arequipa@gracebaptist.org.uk or Grace Baptist Mission on info@gbm.org.uk
We do appreciate you all, both as a family and as a church, for your prayerful support for the work here in Arequipa.

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Holiday Club 2018


Starship Discovery

Its that time again…Holiday Club at Grace!

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Our Holiday Bible Club runs this half term on Tuesday 29th May – Friday 1st June.

Four mornings of free fun during summer half-term, for kids from reception through to year 6.

Where?

It’s happening at the Grace Centre on the corner of Market St and Princes Street.

When?

It’s every morning from 10.00am – 12.10pm. It finishes with an All Age Service on Sunday 3rd June at 10.30am.

Who?

Children from reception to yr 6 are invited to a fun packed morning of stories, games, and craft.

What?

Through the week we’ll be taking off on the Starship Discovery.

Other details:

  • Places do not need to be booked in advance.
  • Children need to have forms completed and signed by parents/guardians for the first morning they attend. This form can be downloaded from our website, here:
    Download Registration Forms
  • The week is free!
  • If you have any questions, you can send an email through our website, or call the church to speak to one of our Pastors, Stuart or Jonny on 01704 531751.

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Christmas at Grace 2017

We welcome you to Christmas at Grace!
We are holding four main services during this years’ festive season.


All Age Carol Service
Sunday 17 December, 10.30am
Followed by mince pies and hot drink.

Traditional Carol Service
Sunday 17 December, 6.15pm
With carols (old & new) & Bible readings from the Christmas story.
Mince pies & hot drinks.

Carols ’til Midnight
Christmas Eve 11.15pm

Christmas Morning Service
Christmas Day, 11.00am
A short all-age service to thank God for his kindness to us.


Please do join us at any or all of our services, as we remember the sending of God’s only Son, who ‘dwelt among us’. For more details about our services, or about our church, send us a message here, or telephone 01704-531751.


 

 

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Missionary Weekend 2017

Grace Baptist Church Southport invite you to our annual Missionary Weekend. Taking place on 18th-19th November, we look forward to hearing reports on the Lord’s work from many parts of the world.

This year, out missionaries are going to be including items not just for adults, but also for children.These will take place during the main sessions, as well as in some breakout sessions. So please do bring your children along too.

Please read the enclosed leaflet for more information about our speakers, as well as details of times and our hot lunch.
Parking Information:

You can park on the streets around the church using the meters, and pay £1.50 for up to 1 hour, £3 for up to 2 hours, and £5 for up to 4 hours. Some meters also accept £7 for anything over 4 hours. The meters take cash, credit/debit cards, contactless, and ApplyPay.

There is an NCP Car Park on London Street, which can be pre-booked for 5 hours costing from £7.20 on the NCP website.

The Sports Direct multi-storey car park on Tulketh Street is the closest and probably the cheapest. It is a camera on entry and pay on exit car park, and charges are 30 minutes parking for 90p, 2 hours for £1.50, 3 hours for £2.90, and 12 hours for £3.90.

The Park and Ride on the Esplanade is open in November 7:00-19:00 (not on Sundays); it costs £2 per day and the bus drops off on Lord Street.

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Read the Bible Together

Read the Bible Together


What is it?

Over the next 3 years (beginning April 2017) we are planning to read through the whole of the Bible as a Church. It’s open to members and non-members to participate, people can join in at any point even if they’ve missed the start. We will use a set reading plan each month and then in the following month meet in home groups to discuss what we have read and learnt.
Each month and for each book we will be asking the same 8 questions.
  1. What did you learn about Jesus?
  2. What did you learn about yourself?
  3. How were you corrected and rebuked?
  4. How do you feel you need to change?
  5. What did you learn from scripture that will help you endure (keep going) and be encouraged?
  6. What did you learn that will teach you to do works of service to build up the Church here at Grace?
  7. What have you learnt that helps you love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your mind?
  8. What has helped you love your neighbour as yourself?


Downloads

The following documents will help you, so download them for more details :
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(includes the questions and space to make notes)

Where is it?

There are 8 home groups as follows:

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The Welcome sheet will give further information each month, especially if there have been any changes to the above. If you have not been allocated to a group please speak to one of the Elders.

Recommended Resources

God’s Big Picture – Vaughan Roberts
Bible Overview – Steve Levy

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Meet the King!

Its that time again…Holiday Club at Grace! But this time, it’s February Half-Term.

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Our Holiday Bible Club runs this half term on Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th February.

Four mornings of free fun during spring half-term, for kids from reception through to year 6.

Where?

It’s happening at the Grace Centre on the corner of Market St and Princes Street.

When?

It’s every morning from 9.45am – 12.15pm. It finishes with an All Age Service on Sunday 19th February at 10.30am.

Who?

Children from reception to yr 6 are invited to a fun packed morning of stories, games, and craft.

What?

Through the week we’ll be ‘Meeting the King’.

Other details:

  • Places do not need to be booked in advance.
  • Children need to have forms completed and signed by parents/guardians for the first morning they attend. This form can be downloaded from our website, here:
    Download Registration Forms
  • The week is free!
  • If you have any questions, you can send an email through our website, or call the church to speak to one of our Pastors, Stuart or Jonny on 01704 531751.

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Life Explored Course

 

 

Are you searching or longing for something more in life? Or maybe you know someone who is? Life Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course. It’s for anyone who wants to find contentment and happiness in life.

It starts 8.00pm on Tuesday 10th January 2017 and is being held in the Grace Centre. The course and all the material is free. You don’t need to know anything about the Bible, you can ask any question you like or just sit and listen.

Speak to Pastor Jonny for further details.


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Arequipa News – December 2016

She will bear a Son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)

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Those words spoken by the angel of the Lord ring from eternity past, into the present, and on into the certain fulfilment of all Gods purposes since the dawn of creation; a sure beacon of hope in a world torn by sin, suffering and human misery. He will save his people, and he is today saving his people among the nations, as the Kings return is ever nearer on the prophetic horizon. This sure hope cuts through the superficial, effervescent, materialistic celebration the world calls Christmas, where the baby Jesus is always kept in the crib! But his coming to reign as King is the hope of the church; when sins reign will come to an end. As the Spirit and the bride join together, saying and pleading, come Lord Jesus to end earths sorrow and misery.

May the light of Christ by his Spirit be pleased to shine into some dark hearts at this season, and bring salvation according to his word. We pray that the Lord will make you all fruitful in every good work, and that the New Year will bring joy and new life for many to the Glory of God. We take this opportunity to share with you some news of the work here in Arequipa, grateful as always for your prayers and on-going support.


Church News

We have recently linked up with the “Baptist Theological Centres” based in Lima. They have various centres in different cities in Peru, and are looking to expand their influence of ministry in the country. Therefore, we have given over the use of our church facilities to open a centre in Arequipa, for studies on a regular basis. The idea is to run studies every couple of months here in Arequipa during the year, for Pastors and students from different local churches. Pastors travel to Arequipa and run intensive classes for a full week to cover the various courses and studies on offer. It has been a blessing to have fellowship with other Pastors and students, and to pray for one another and our various ministries. It is so different and refreshing to gather with a group of fellow believers who have a hunger and thirst for God´s word; as in the church there is often only a remnant living and serving among the spiritually apathetic!

 


The first two courses have been well attended, and no doubt as news spreads, the numbers will increase further in the future. We would ask you to pray for “Gustavo”, a Pastor from one of the largest Charismatic churches in Arequipa, who recently came to understand he was preaching a false Gospel. He has attended the first two studies, and now has a tremendous opportunity to preach the Gospel in his church, as he continues to grow in his walk with the Lord.

The blessing is that he has no elders or deacons to oppose his ministry, so therefore, he now has a congregation of over 400 to reach, teach and influence with sound doctrine.

I have been asked to teach some courses next year, so I would value prayer regarding how much time I should dedicate to this ministr

I have started a bible class on a Saturday morning in the church to encourage deeper study and discipleship in the church. The two couples who have attended are really keen, and they have also attended the theological studies during this year.

The main prayer need should always be for the success of the Gospel through all the various ministries; prayer for those who come week by week to the meetings, seemingly unmoved by the preaching of the Gospel. As John Calvin once said: “That the restoration of the Church is the work of God , and no more depends on the hopes and opinions of men, than the resurrection of the dead, or any other miracle of that description. It is the will of God that his Gospel be preached, what the success will be is not ours to inquire” There are often more unsaved among us; pray on for the miracle of New Birth and conversion.

Some names to remember in prayer: “Edwin”, was recently in hospital, and attends when he is not working as a security guard on Sundays. He is very friendly and thankful for the support he has received; pray that future visits at his home will be used of the Lord to speak to him personally. “Javier, Patti, Maira”, a family that has been attending regularly, but, as yet, show no evidence of any stirring or concern. Ephraim, who works in a copper mine, attends with his wife, but both show no signs of personal faith and trust in the Lord and his word. What is lacking for those and many others? We need to pray that the experience of the Apostle Paul may be a personal reality in the churches of Christ. For our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction (1 Thess 1: 5) In word only is not sufficient; we must have Holy Spirit power in conviction leading to full assurance!


Villa Magisterial

The ministry in “Lucresia´s” home had to be suspended for a couple of months, due to her suffering a long period of ill health, starting with Pneumonia! The family breakfast had to be cancelled due to the colder mornings, with her obviously unable to prepare the porridge at 5.00.a.m! The ministry also provides some support for her personally, and we have sought to help her over this very difficult period with medication to help her back to health again.

The Christianity explained course also had to be put on hold. I have been invited to preach at a local church near to Villa Magisterial, and the Pastor there has kindly offered to help with a group from his own church in Evangelising the area. This kind of reciprocal Gospel partnership will give further advance for the Gospel in the area next year. The idea is to visit all the homes, to invite them to take part in the Evangelistic studies. With the help of the Pastor, “Carlos Pezutti”, and the help of others, we can hopefully cover the whole area in a shorter time period. With us being well known now in the area, and the building of trust through the children´s club and family breakfast, the purpose next year is to pray for a spiritual harvest from among those who have heard the Gospel over the last couple of years.

The other children´s ministries in both the church and San Pedro continue, run by Ronny and Rocio, on Saturday and Sunday respectively.


Other News

As I write this there is just a couple of weeks until the school year ends. Our daughter Melissa has been studying in the University here in Arequipa since September, taking six exams up until December. She recently took her final exam, finishing top of her group, so DV, she will begin a five year course in the University next year, to qualify to practise as a Veterinary Surgeon.  This year was my 20th year here in Peru, and next year will be our 20th wedding anniversary! Where have the years gone? Another milestone during the year was having my first book published in the US, which should be out early in the New Year.

We want to take the opportunity to thank you all for your prayers and support for us over the years, and we trust you all have a blessed Christmas and spiritually prosperous New Year.

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Missionary Weekend 2016

Mission imagePlease join us for our annual Missionary Weekend, 19th-20th November, when we spend time with each other and with our missionaries, as we learn more about their work telling the world about Jesus.

We begin on Saturday at 10.00am with an fascinating morning of discovery, listening to four speakers telling us about God’s work.

 


Saturday

 

10.00am – Coffee

10.30am – Speakers:

Hannah Prior – Envision Programme, France

Aries Loboro – Missionary in the Philippines

Keith Charlton – New GBM Missionary

Daryl and Julia Jones, GBM Mission Director

Our morning’s conference will be followed by a hot lunch, to which everyone is invited to enjoy across the road in the Grace Centre.


Saturday Evening: Youth Night – 7.30pm at the Grace Centre, including Pizza, Quiz, and Grill a Missionary…not physically grilling them, because that would be dangerous..


Sunday

10.30am: Morning Service:

Our Missionary Weekend continues on Sunday morning, with some of our Missionaries.

6.15pm: Evening Service:

Then on Sunday evening, we are very much looking forward to speaking directly to our friend Anthony Green in the church in Arequippa, Peru.


 

We are very grateful to all our visiting speakers for the weekend, and would encourage you to join us, and be encouraged in the work of the Lord.

For directions to Grace Baptist Southport, just follow this link, HERE, where you will find a map and specific information.


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Harvest All-Age Service

Our next All Age Service will be held on Sunday 25th September, at 10.30am. Our theme this month will Harvest.

We will take the opportunity to remember the work of the Zimbabwe Partnership Trust, and in particular their ‘Seeds in Zimbabwe’ initiative. For more details about their work, have a look at their website: www.zpt.org.uk

Please join us, and stay for tea and coffee after the service.


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