“Prayer Letter November “
Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina
November , 2017
Letter, November 2017
1 to 289: that is the ratio of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the population in Argentina. That places over 150,000 Jehovah Witnesses in Argentina. They also claim to have over 2,000 congregations in the country of Argentina.
It’s very hard to say exactly how many Baptist churches are in Argentina but it is nowhere near 2,000, and probably the true number of Baptist churches is around 10 to 15 percent of the number of Jehovah’s Witness churches. The first activity of the Jehovah’s Witnesses took place in 1923. Since they first entered the country they have started over 20 of their congregations each year.
Please pray that God will do a work in Argentina. Pray that God might raise up more missionaries, and more national pastors.
Pray that churches might be planted at a faster rate, and that the churches that are established might be made stronger and more envolved in evangelism and church planting in their country.
We celebrated Madelyn’s birthday in October; she turned three and is a great joy to our family. Also in October we attended Pastor’s Conference here in Arequipa. There were pastors from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, and Panama. We continue to disciple, and for Sunday school we have printed out 1500 invitations. We are placing them on the doors in the neighborhoods surrounding the church. We have developed a visitation program where we follow up, and are implementing this in the month of November. We are looking into purchasing 2,000 New Testaments to pass out to the people that we visit.
In the past month Emily and I did a question and answer session with the young couples class in the church that we attend. We will be conducting a family conference the first of December in a friend’s church. Please pray that God will use us to help the couples in this church. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. I’ll leave you this quote.
If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small.” — Pat Morley