Dear Prayer Supporters, Family and Friends,
The angels in heaven are rejoicing . . . and so are we!!! This past Thursday, Friday
and Saturday we had our annual Easter family retreat at the camp. On Friday night
after the service Marisa Samariani was talking to one of our young teenage girls
whom we have been burdened for for some time now because she has never made
a profession of faith in Christ. She had been having lots of struggles with anger and
rebellion toward her mother. Karen finally broke down crying and realized she
needed to give her heart to Christ!!! That same evening, Nico’s wife Mariana went
off by herself and poured out her heart to God in acceptance of His salvation for her
soul!! What a time of rejoicing and crying as we shared this new faith with both Karen
and Mariana. Also, Marta, Ruben’s wife (Ruben is Lorena’s father who was saved at
the Christmas program), attended the retreat and I was able to have a good talk with
her about the assurance of her salvation. She has been confused for some time now
as to whether she was really saved or not. She was able to understand and to realize
that she needs to start to grow in her faith, part of which includes attending church.
However, she confessed that it is a struggle for her, so please pray for Marta to take
the steps necessary to grow. She also wants to do a discipleship study with me.
The Easter retreat was truly a blessing in every way. There were 70 present in all,
and we had a great time enjoying each others’ company whether it was playing
soccer or volleyball, working together in the meal preparations, playing table games,
or singing praises to God in the services and listening to the excellent preaching by
Barry, Alejandro Samariani, Horacio our son-in-law, and Leonel Escobar. A very
memorable time!! I have attached some pictures to help you get the idea of how we
enjoyed being together. I tried to find someone with a good picture of one of the
preaching services but this is the best one I could find. It is a little blurry right in the
middle where Nico Vergara is, but I wanted you to see who his wife Mariana is since
she is one of the two who were saved. As you can see, both of our older sons were
able to attend the retreat and this was a real joy for us to have them there.
You probably noticed that our granddaughter Eliana, pictured with her mother Sara, is
wearing a neck brace. About three weeks ago Eliana began to complain about pain in
the nape of her neck, and it was accompanied by vomiting. Sara and Horacio took her
to two different hospitals where they did brain scans, blood work, x-rays, etc. to try to
determine what the problem was. A neighbor of theirs is the chief of staff at the
second hospital they went to and he arranged for them to be attended right away.
The x-ray showed that one of the vertabra in the nape of her neck was out of place.
Also the soft tissue in the medula was somewhat stretched, which if it would stretch
too much and tear, a person would become paraplegic. Praise God this did not happen!
But the doctors were astounded by her condition because they had never seen
something like that in a child so small. From what we can gather, she apparently
made a wrong move when playing with one of her uncles, and this happened. She has
to wear this neck brace for about a month all together to insure everything heals well.
She is taking it like a trooper!!
Our Easter service on Sunday was also a tremendous blessing. It started off at 9:30
with an all-church breakfast. The service afterwards consisted of a cantata
interspersed with the preaching. There were several musical numbers by the church
choir, a men´s group, a ladies´ trio (Sara, Heather and I), a mixed quartet, the youth
choir and a solo number by our daughter Heather who composed the song. There
was a really good group out for this special Resurrection service!!!
The Lord is leading in some interesting ways recently. Horacio and Sara have been
praying for some time for God to lead them to a place of service. Just since the
beginning of this year, Horacio was transferred to a desk job which is just Monday-
Fridayand he is usually home by 4:00 in the afternoon. This has allowed him to be
more involved in the ministry with the youth, preaching, and studying in the Bible
college in the evenings. They have also begun to help out in another church in the
capital. They attend every other Sunday evening, and Horacio preaches once a
month. Please pray for God´s direction in this, as to whether this would be where
He would have them serve in the future. Also, our church is considering taking on
Leonel Escobar as an intern pastor. You may remember that he recently got a
delivery job five days a week. He and Claudia are directing the youth ministry, and
Leonel is also involved in leading the song service each Sunday. They are expecting
their first child in less than a month, and it will be delivered by C-section because
there is also a benign tumor (It is called a myoma in Spanish) in her uterus that has to
be taken out at the same time. Please pray for a safe delivery for baby Maia and no
complications for Claudia. So, we would appreciate your prayers as our church family
makes this decision regarding Leonel´s internship.
The Lord has also laid it on our hearts, as well as on Alejandro´s, to begin a Bible study
with the young men in church as a means of strengthening them in their faith and daily
walk. Having seen how God worked in Nico’s life to bring him back to church and his
wife to Christ, was a real inspiration! Our two older sons have already said they would
participate and we are hoping this will be a stepping stone to see some of the other
young men who have left church, come back to fellowship with the Lord and the local
church. Please pray especially for Fernando, Brian, and Gaston.
Please pray for Liliana, a neighbor and friend with whom I have been able to talk about
Christ on many opportunities, as well as invite her to church, but she has never come.
Please pray that I will be able to continue sharing the Gospel with her and that she
would actually come to church and that she and her husband would come to Christ.
Just today I also spoke with a young single mother, Cinthia, who works in an area store.
She has been away from the Lord since her mid-teens. As we began to talk, she asked
what church I attend. When I told her, she said that she knows our son Daniel. She has
been wanting to attend church again and said she would try to go on Sunday morning.
Please pray for Cinthia to really take this first step, as we have seen how difficult it is
for many to come back to the Lord after being in the world for many years.
There will be a men’s retreat in a sister church May 1st and 2nd. We are hoping that
several men from our church will be able to attend, especially since it is in Buenos Aires
Our church’s 25th anniversary is fast approaching!! We plan to pass out invitations to
our neighbors and area businesses so they can share this important event with us.
Please pray for this important event, that God´s name would be praised for the “great
things He has done!”
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Serving the Lord in Argentina,
Diane for the Barry Courts’ family