International Ministries

It is a good life because of Jesus!

March 2, 2004 Journal
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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Believe it or not the time for departure to our mission field is getting closer. It has been a pleasure to meet and talk personally with so many of you as we visited your churches, as well as when we receive notes, letters, birthday cards, and sometimes phone calls from you. This is what makes the difference for us missionaries in mission fields, for it is you, the church of Christ, who we count for a holistic support to do our ministry.We want to express our gratitude to you and to the Lord who touched your heart to pray for us and walk with us as we do ministry in Bolivia.I feel like you and us together, are making real the Great Commission that we find in Matthew 28: 18, 20.

We ask you to continue praying not only for us but also for our brothers and sisters in Bolivia, for their social needs and for their spiritual life. As well as for those who have believed in Him and now feel called to study for the ministry. Many of them still need to hear, and we are challenged by what Romans 10:13-15 says: " Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news."Thus, we are thankful for you American Baptist brothers and sisters, and for your commitment to send us and other fellow missionaries to the mission fields to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many people around the world who never had heard, and those who have already heard, to continue with the Great Commission. Thank you for your holistic support to missions, thank you for helping us to make the difference. The Glory is for God.

We enjoyed sharing with many of you, our experiences and challenges during our first term in Bolivia, and still, we have other churches to visit before we depart. We believe that the Lord has something bigger for us in the second term, and that many hearts will be touched thru our ministry, and thru your prayers, and your financial support.One of the ways to support our ministry in Bolivia as well as to other ministries around the world is actively participating in our WMO offering or by becoming a partner of our MPT. When you hear these two sets of initials, I want you to imagine what can my brother and sisters in Bolivia do with$20 a month. $20 dollars makes the different for many families in Bolivia. Just think for a while how easy it is to spend $20 here in USA just for two lunches in MacDonald's in one day.With this amount, they can feed their family for 2 weeks, or they can pay the tuition for any of their children in school, or perhaps pays the rent. Can you picture in your mind what can we do with$100 dollars a month? We can help students with scholarships we can buy modern computers for our computer lab at the Seminary. We can buy new text books for our library at the seminary, we can help in many projects like the Friendship house, to continue ministry with the children in prison, we can assist many brothers and sisters from different parts of Bolivia that came to us asking for medical support. We can do a lot of things with your support, and rejoice seeing the faces of happiness and gratefulness of our brothers and sisters.Remember what the Bible says in Mt. 25: 35-36 "For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat:I was thirsty, and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in:Naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in Prison, and you came to me."

We invited you to became a partner in our vision by:

1.Praying with us and for us.

2.Become part of our support team MPT

3.Support WMO

4.And perhaps visit Bolivia in the near future to understand our vision, and work hand to hand with our brothers and sisters in Bolivia for a short-term mission project.

We are counting on you, without you, it is impossible to continue God's mission work. There is nothing more exciting and beautiful than seeing people come to the Lord. And we can make this possible only with your support. " Test me in this says the Lord Almighty and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and poor out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." Malachi 3: 10 People need to know of the love of God. People need to hear in order to become believers.It is time to work, God is waiting for those who want to commit to him, and to the world. Just remember that the Lord is always with us.

May God bless you and guide you in your life with all that you have to do.

In Christ

R. Iris Morales

Serving in Bolivia.