In the midst of protests and unrest, the Lord has continued to bless Liberty Baptist Church in Quito, Ecuador. Kason & Bethany Bloom have been hard at work, discipling many who attend. Two people recently put their faith in Jesus and 4 were baptized. The Blooms also had their 1st youth meeting with over 30 in attendance, and the church began supporting its first missionary in June. Praise the Lord for all He’s doing in Ecuador! Pray for the Blooms today and consider seeing the work firsthand!
By Stephen Carrier, missionary to Chile
In Ecuador, two weeks of protests led by the indigenous organization CONAIE (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador) began on June 13th in response to the rising cost of living and fuel. Thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their displeasure at the way things are going in the country, and soon the protests turned into violent clashes that some believe have resulted in at least six deaths.
Those displeased with the government wanted price controls on fuel and food, as well as more investment in healthcare and education. The leaders of CONAIE stated that they would not be dragged into another meeting with the government that would only result in a mockery of their demands, while the government declared that it wouldn’t allow the protesters to divide the country.
Finally, the two groups were able to come to a truce in which the government agreed to lower the price of gasoline, among other things. They now have 90 days to fulfill their obligations.
All of this comes as inflation rises worldwide and the pressure is felt more than ever by ordinary citizens. The world is desperately looking for solutions to its problems, and the only true source of peace is found in Jesus Christ. While we know according to Scripture that many will ultimately look to the Antichrist for help, that day has not yet come, and we must be about our Father’s business while there is time.
In Ecuador, while the cost of living may be outrageous, the cost of dying will be far greater for many if we don’t reach them in time with the gospel. Please pray that God will raise up laborers to this Latin American country, and that He will use those laborers to win many souls for Him.
Since the pandemic, São Paulo’s homeless population has grown to over 30%, with roughly 35,000 people or more sleeping in the streets every night. Some 6,800 areas in the city now house people living in tents, wooden shacks, or simply blankets on the street. Many have resorted to eating trash and even scavenging through heaps of animal carcasses in order to survive.
São Paulo’s shelters are unable to cope with this burgeoning need, so city hall is planning to create a campground where the homeless can pitch their tents and have access to bathroom and laundry facilities. With the number of homeless people growing every day, this new campground can only be a temporary solution.
Pray for Brazil and its leadership as they seek solutions to this ongoing issue. And as you pray, consider the great need in Brazil, both economically and spiritually.
Shawn and Emily Bateman recently started a new outreach project at their church in Rosario, Argentina called “Our Jerusalem.” They had 20 church members show up to help pass out the new information packets. This past week, they had their first visitors come as a result of the new visitation project–Cintia and her son, Maxi. Pray for the “Our Jerusalem” outreach project and for the Bateman family as they share the gospel in Argentina!
Gustavo Petro, the leftist former mayor of Bogota and an ex-member of the M-19 guerrilla group, has been elected president of Colombia. According to the BBC, Mr. Petro ran a radical campaign and pledged to fight inequality through free university education, pension reforms, and high taxes on unproductive land. He also promised to enforce agreed upon peace deals with the FARC and to negotiate with still-active ELN rebels.
Mr. Petro has a lot to deliver on. Pray for him and for Colombia during this transition of leadership.
Robbie Prater was recently accepted with Vision Baptist Missions as a missionary to Paraguay! Robbie has faithfully served and interned alongside his pastor at Lighthouse Baptist in Jackson, GA, for 2 years. He also did a 7-month internship in Peru and surveyed the country of Paraguay in November 2021. Robbie is engaged to be married to Lauren Herrell on September 9. Lauren and her family were missionaries to Peru for 5 years, and she has faithfully served in the Spanish ministry at Vision for the last 2 years.
Pray for Robbie as he schedules meetings and consider having him in your church–he will be a blessing to your missions program! You can reach Robbie at 931-841-2840 or firstname.lastname@example.org