Today was supposed to include 12 baptisms, but a storm flooded a river and half of the people who were going to join us were excluded by, ironically, too much water. The batch going under was a really special one; we trained Dely in simple, reproducible church Jonathan Training principles. She was one of ours who worked in an evacuee camp post quake. When people went home from the evacuee camp she suddenly had inroads into many communities. In one community, Rulfo Gil, some of her converts took simple church into the mountains around their home. The six who couldn't join us today were won by people Dely won just a few months ago, and not by Dely and not by us. We like that.
So we were at the beach, and as we were leaving the water three people asked, "Can we get baptized, too?" So, back to the deep. Nine today, if anyone's keeping track. Six more will follow very soon.
While we were off baptizing people, practically the whole of Trinidad, the town where we live, was crammed into the town square to celebrate the town's anniversary. During the festivities a grenade was tossed into the market. The troubling part is that the part of the market is where Luke and Mark like their yaya to take them to buy bananas. We're going to stay out of our market and the markets in surrounding communities for a while to see if there's a trend or what the situation is.
A suspect has been arrested. Two people were killed and 15 injured in the grenade blast. One of those who died was Fidela Macua. She was our person of peace in Bien Unido. She is also the aunt of three of our Village of Hope Kids, Jonathan, Theodoro and Janos. Please pray for them, for Fidela's family, and that this tragedy will somehow be used to open doors to greater evangelism, a greater harvest, in the town where she lived. We value your prayers.
God's best to you,
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