The James Family - Uruguay
Andrew and Angie James are church planting missionaries in Uruguay with SIM.
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Andrew & Angie James August 2017 Prayer Requests
Here are our prayer requests:
First of all, we want to thank you for praying that God would give us wisdom to know which ministry opportunities to pursue and which ones to turn down. God has increasingly made things clear and we now have a better sense of what we should be doing.
We want to ask that you would continue to pray for the young people at Paso Carrasco. We continue to meet with them weekly, yet we realize we depend fully on the Lord for fruit. Please pray that God would use the preaching of His Word to soften the hearts of these young people and bring them to saving faith in Christ.
A few weeks ago, Angie started a Bible Study with three other women. She is working her way through Ephesians and is excited to see how God is using this time to nurture their passion for the Word. Please pray that God would use this time as an opportunity for mutual encouragement.
Finally, please pray for boldness, love, and compassion in everything we do.
Andrew & Angie James July 2017 Update
We hope this finds you well! We wanted to take a few minutes to give you an update on life and ministry in Uruguay.
First of all, we want to thank you for your continued prayers! Angie and I have been struck afresh by our need to live in daily dependence on Christ, through prayer. We can toil and work, but “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). Thank you for praying for us!
The kids are doing well. The other day I put on a DVD for them and Camille asked me to play it in Spanish. This really surprised me, considering that just a few months ago she was really struggling with the language. The girls continue to make friends, and are in many ways more “Uruguayan” than us!
We are really encouraged by the ministry opportunities God has given us over the past few months. At the beginning, I was sometimes frustrated because I wanted to do more; now there is so much going on, I have to start turning opportunities down. Of all the opportunities God has given us, the one we are most encouraged by is the youth outreach in Paso Carrasco.
In our last Newsletter, we mentioned that we started leading a weekly Bible study with a group of about 15-20 teenagers in a low-class neighborhood in Montevideo. These kids do not come from Christian families, and are for the most part completely unchurched. Because they are not yet believers and have very little knowledge of the Bible, I decided to start off with a 5 week overview of the Bible, just to get them familiarized with its overall content. We have now finished this study and have moved on to the gospel of Matthew. While completing the overview, I was really struck by the lack of Biblical knowledge in this neighborhood. Most places I’ve been, people have some knowledge of the Bible – irreligious as they may be. But in this neighborhood, I was surprised that they had never heard of people like Abraham, Moses, or King David. I must admit I was a bit shocked! At the same time, I was supper thankful God gave us this opportunity, and that the kids continue to come to the Bible Study though they are not yet believers.
We really appreciate your continued prayers for the following:
o Please pray that Angie and I would continue to grow in godliness
o Please pray that our children would continue to adjust to life in Uruguay
o Please pray that God would bring the young people in Paso Carrasco to saving faith in Christ
o Please pray that God would give us wisdom as we seek his will regarding where, how, and when to start church-planting.
We hope you have a wonderful day!
The James Family
Andrew & Angie James June 2017 Prayer Requests
Angie and I have continued to meet with the group of non-believing young people at Paso Carrasco. We are doing a brief overview of the Bible and only have two more lessons to go. After that, we want to start going through one of the gospels. The other day we were talking about the sacrificial system, and how the animal sacrifices were a picture of what Jesus did for us on the cross. This really struck one young man, named Christian, who later put his faith in Christ. I plan to continue meeting with him individually to read the Bible and pray with him. Please pray that Christian will continue to grow in his knowledge of the gospel and his love for Christ. Please pray also that the other kids would see their need for Christ.
Please pray for my health. Ever since I came to Uruguay, I've been struggling with allergies, colds, etc - and they never seem to end. I hadn't struggled with asthma since high school, but now it's started coming back.