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Barry and Diane Courts

Posted September 12th!




-----Original Message-----
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
Tele: 54-11-4625-2167
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Posted August 30, 2017:

Dear Prayer Supporters, Friends and Family,

Good evening from Argentina!!  I was reading Ephesians 2 the other day, and  was once again impressed by the contrast between what we are before knowing Christ and what we are after we place our trust in Him. It is always a joy to see lives changed after they have experienced God’s saving grace!  Carla is a young lady who has lived the past four years filled with bitterness, anger and an unforgiving spirit.  She had made a profession of faith a couple of years ago, but there was no real fruit in her life.  However, back in May she realized that she did not truly know God, and she  no longer wanted to bear the heavy burden of sin in her life.  She repented and trusted in Christ as Savior.  Since then, she had truly been changed and delivered from her fears, anger and bitterness and has forgiven those who caused her so much hurt.  I have started to disciple her and it is a joy to see her excitement as we study God´s truths together!

Another name was written down in glory this past Sunday; our grandson Lucas.  Lucas had prayed to trust Christ when he was quite a bit younger but we were concerned about different attitudes he expressed and we prayed that if he truly was not saved, that God would work in him and reveal it to him.  What a joy it was to have him share with us after church, that he had been saved from his sins and was now a child of God!!  The message on Sunday also had a deep impact on two other lives.  Barry preached a very clear Gospel message  from Romans 3, starting out by explaining our sinful condition before God.   Please pray for Lourdes and Nico, that they would continue to reflect on the truth of God´s Word, and take that final step in repenting and being born again!! 

The youth conference that was held in our church the last week in July went very well!!  There was an average of 80-90 young people each of the three days, and  several of them indicated that God was leading them to serve in the area of missions.  The missions conference we held each evening was not as well attended, but it was a blessing and challenge to all those who did come. 

This past Saturday, August 12th, Redemption Baptist Church in Gonzalez Catán held it´s first Children´s Day Fiesta.  Fifteen of us from the church here went to help out with games, crafts and dealing with any children who wanted to be saved.  All together there were around 50 children who showed up.  Two girls were led to the Lord after hearing the Gospel message clearly presented in an object lesson.  The Lord is doing great things in Gonzalen Catán, and it is exciting to see.  Last Sunday there were 59 people in attendance!! 

Our Children´s Day Fiesta will be held on August 26th this year.  We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do.  This year there will be a play about making Jesus the Captain of your life, complete with a ship, a pirate and a shark.  Please pray for Alejandro and Mariano  who will be the actors; especially for Alejandro who is sick at this moment.  There will also be games and other activities and a goodie bag with a Gospel tract for the children to take home.

This Saturday the 19th we will have a couples´ meeting.  There are a few who are going through some difficult times right now, so we would appreciate your prayers for this activity. 

We will be participating in a  Discipleship Seminar September 11th-13th in a church about 1 1/2 hours from us.  We have seen God´s hand of blessing on this church since the beginning of the year when they really began to disciple new believers to teach and ground then in the Word.  They will be sharing this process with all who attend the seminar. 

Barry´s father was hospitalized for several days a couple of weeks ago due to bronchitis.  Praise God he recovered more quickly than was anticipated and is now recuperating in the home of Barry´s oldest brother.  We are so thankful for Barry´s siblings who have been able to be with him during this grieving time after the passing of his wife in May.

We would appreciate your prayers for our son Mario.  He broke his right ankle a couple of years ago, and due to a couple of factors, it has affected his foot, causing him much pain when he walks.  For this month he was told to stay off of it as much as possible.   He is really hoping to be able to return to Peru in October and possibly stay for a year, but if his foot does not heal we do not feel it would be wise.  This is pretty discouraging for him. 

Other Prayer Requests:

-    Unsaved friends:  Carlos S.,  Marcelo,  Diego,  Gabriel, Walter,  Agustina (our daughter-in-law), Lourdes,  Nico

-    Support needs of Horacio and Sara Brancatelli  (our son-in-law and daughter)

-     Our two sons Mike and Daniel to get right with God.

-     Leandro and Carolina, a young couple who was attending but are angry with God due to having lost their jobs.

-     Leonel and Claudia Escobar as they minister in Bella Vista.

God bless each of you and may you continue to serve Him where you are!

Serving the Lord in Argentina,

Diane for the Barry Courts family

Iglesia Bautista Calvario
Facultad Bautista Bíblica
Juan de Alagón 75
(1765) Isidro Casanova
Tele: 54-11-4625-2167
Buenos Aires, Argentina