Robbie Prater, Missionary to Paraguay

Robbie Prater, Missionary to Paraguay

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 pratertoparaguay@gmail.com

Pray for Paraguay

Pray for Paraguay

Sandwiched between Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia, Paraguay has become a key trans-shipment point in drug trafficking and smuggling. A major marijuana producer, Paraguay has also transformed into a pivotal route for Andean cocaine and a sanctuary for criminals and gang-affiliated drug organizations. According to The Rio Times, one Brazilian gang in particular, the powerful and influential PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital), has begun fighting over land in southern Paraguay. This has led to uneasiness among the innocent citizens of Paraguay and those carrying out criminal activities. 

Historically, Paraguay has had a low GDP equivalent to that of Namibia and has scored poorly on corruption perception indices. Drug trafficking has actually been seen as “regular market economy.” Those involved in the trade and export of drugs act as though it is part of normal supply and demand. Members of the Paraguayan government have also openly defended and protected criminals, as allyship with gangs has been seen as advantageous and protective.

Pray for Paraguay. The people are lost and on their way to Hell in a country that is choosing to normalize drug trafficking and smuggling. They are finding their hope, safety, and protection in sin and in sinful men. The Paraguayans are in dire need of the saving knowledge of our just God. 

Who among us would give their life to the country of Paraguay? 

Author: Emma Hamilton, OGTC Student

Latin America News: Fires in Paraguay

Latin America News: Fires in Paraguay

By Katherine Holt, OGTC Student

Chaco, a semi-arid region composing sixty percent of Paraguay’s land area, has recently experienced widespread wildfires.  These fires have been busy consuming wildlife and any vegetation that was left in the area. National authorities have asked their neighboring countries to assist in the attempt to quench these deadly flames. Because this disaster knows no borders, countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina have been affected as well. Two firefighting aircrafts have arrived to assist the Paraguayans in saving as many lives as possible.

As this occurs, it is inevitable to think of the eternal lake of fire. This fire knows no borders, knows no good deeds, knows no economic standing, and is known for having no mercy. Without the eternal guarantee of having one’s name written in the book that can only be opened by the Lamb, utter chaos ensues. It is only by His grace and His testimony of divine truth that we Christians can fearlessly face tomorrow. But what about the Paraguayans who have never heard of the Lamb? What about tombstones containing the corpses of souls groaning in hell as they beg you to reach their loved ones. Remember the rich man and Lazarus? The request was for but a drop of water to cool the tongue. Where will the people of Paraguay spend eternity? Will they cry with the rich man, or will they feast and joyfully sing praises alongside Lazarus? How will they hear without a preacher? You have heard, you have received, now you must go. Who will go to Paraguay? 

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8