Iglesia Bautista de Costa Verde
First Baptisms for Iglesia Bautista de Costa Verde
We imagine Easter was an exciting time for you, and it certainly was for us here in Costa Verde. We were able to baptize three fellow believers! It was a great joy and a lot of fun to celebrate with them as they made their salvation public through their obedience to Christ in baptism. One of those who was baptized, Paul, is the young man we asked you to pray for in our last newsletter. Clip has been meeting with him on Friday mornings. Paul is definitely a different person since finding new life in Christ. Thank you for your prayers for him, and please continue to pray for him as he grows in his faith. He and Clip continue to meet on Friday mornings for discipleship.
First Members of Iglesia Bautista de Costa Verde
Also, on Easter Sunday, we had 16 people officially become the first members of the church. We were able to rent a larger room and had one service for a special time together. We celebrated the baptisms, we observed the Lord’s Supper, and the new members signed a church covenant.
We are about to begin another round of membership classes for those who have recently started attending the church. These classes have been received very well, and they have been extremely helpful for us as a local church to clearly communicate our purpose. Every week in our services we remind each other of our purpose - exalt God, encourage other believers, and evangelize the lost.
We are excited for what the Lord is doing in Costa Verde and the greater area of West Panamá. God is working through your prayers and faithful support of the ministry here.
Update on Property
We had another meeting with the developers of Costa Verde on March 31, and it went very well. We are now awaiting some proposals on a few different properties. We do not know what the Lord will do, but we are praying for favor in the eyes of the developers and for God to do what only He can do. Thank you for your prayers concerning a permanent place for IBCV.
This is a map of the entire project design for Costa Verde. By God's grace, we would love to establish several churches in this growing community.
Additional Prayer Requests and Praises
- We praise the Lord for those who were baptized and for those who joined the church on Easter weekend.
- We praise the Lord that we are able to rent a room to meet for our services, and that we have been able to meet together in person since March 7.
- Please pray that the Word of God would go forth in Costa Verde and that many people would put their trust in the Lord.
- Please pray for the spiritual growth of those who are attending our church.
- Please pray for several neighbors with whom we are building relationships and sharing the gospel.
- Please pray that we, as a family, will remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.