“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.

“Adult Sunday School Class”

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

1 Comment

  1. Jacky Manchester

    My goodness but you have a big job ahead of you. I appreciate that you are going out into the neighborhoods and meeting people face to face. That way, even if they don’t respond to your invitations, if they see you at the grocery store or gas station, you have a contact, an open door to talk. God bless you in all these endeavors, as you follow Christ, as he met with people where they were, so you will see people want to know more. Even He did not win everyone, but the Word is out. Happy for your little 3 yr. old, so darling they are and say such funny things, and ask questions—–oh my questions??? I will be having 2 more great grandchildren in 2018 ( that I know of, could be more) It is a wonderful privilege to have a big family, especially being an only child. Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you all ( or, y’all, I am in Texas)


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