Barry and Diane Courts
Posted September 12th!
From: Barry & Diane Courts
To: Barry & Diane Courts
Sent: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 9:20 pm
Subject: Courts' September 6, 2017 Prayer Update
Dear Prayer Supporters, Friends and Family,
Our prayers have been with our homeland these past few days upon hearing all that has been happening there in the form of natural disasters; the forest fires in the northwestern states, the flooding and evacuations due to Hurricane Harvey, and now the impending destruction that will be left in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Though we have never experienced anything so destructive here in Argentina, we can observe and experience the destruction that is caused by Satan in the lives of those who do not walk in obedience to the Lord but instead follow their own understanding. This has especially been evident in the lives of some young married couples who are now considering separating because they feel there is no hope for their marriages. This causes us, and our heavenly Father, so much pain because we know that the Word of God contains the answers if we just walk in obedience to it. Please pray for three young couples who are in this situation, whom we will not name. Also for Mario and Roxana who moved to the northern province of Tucuman. We really have no way of knowing how they are doing if they don´t share that information with us but we know they have had some struggles.
The Children´s Day Fiesta went very well. There were around 100 children and parents that came for the fiesta. It was a good group that we could manage well. Plus the skit that was performed went very well and the Gospel was clearly preached, so we feel our goal was accomplished. Barry personally talked with most of the parents and asked them if they would be interested in doing a home Bible study with us on the life of Christ, and there were several who said they were interested. We have already begun to make further contact with these parents, and would appreciate your prayers for them, that they would be receptive to the Gospel and put their faith in Jesus Christ. (I will attach some pictures of the fiesta) I should mention also that we are so thankful for many of our church family who helped in so many areas. It is great to see them “stepping up” after sending off the families who are from Gonzalez Catan. It was also encouraging to have several from Gonzalez Catan come and help us in our fiesta as we did in theirs!
There has been a lot of sickness this past month so attendance has been down. Even so, we still had several visitors who we hope will continue to attend.
This past Sunday there were two babies who were dedicated to the Lord. Our daughter Heather and her husband dedicated Emma and Matías and Natalia (our youth leaders) dedicated their little Sarah. Before the church and the Lord, these parents promised to do their best to bring their daughters up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Each of the girls received a pink children´s Bible. (Pictures are attached)
Our son-in-law Horacio has set a time frame to resign from the police force so as to be full-time in the ministry. Lord willing, that will happen in February. We are praying that they will be fully supported by then and we ask that you also pray to that end. There are some churches both here and in California that expressed that they will begin to support them once he has left his secular job.
This next week from Monday to Wednesday (Sept. 11th-13th) we will be attending a seminar about making disciples. We thank God that our daughters Rachelle and Sara and their husbands will also be able to attend. They were able to find people to take care of their children for those 2 1/2 days! God is good!!
Please continue to pray for the healing of Mario´s foot. If anything, it appears to be worse from not walking on it during this month. The doctor is talking about performing a surgery to drain the fluids that accumulated in the foot bones, but then he would have two to three more months of rehabilitation. So, it appears that he will not be able to go to Peru this year, as he desires. We know God is in control of this situation and please pray with us that Mario will learn and grow through this trial.
Thank you so much and may God bless each of you!
Serving the Lord in Argentina,
Diane for the Barry Courts family
Iglesia Bautista Calvario
Facultad Bautista Bíblica
Juan de Alagón 75
(1765) Isidro Casanova
Buenos Aires, Argentina