The James Family
Kep and Debbie James work with SIM in Bolivia's capital city.
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Hi from Bolivia!
We hope you’ll be able to take time this Christmas season to reflect on the grace of God in the Incarnation & experience the joy of Christmas. For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; & the government shall be upon His shoulder, & His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
I returned to Bolivia this morning after a wonderful 10 day visit in Chile meeting with our ESI (Equipping Servants pastoral training) groups in the Temuco region. We have over 200 people studying Romans with us. What a wonder God is doing transforming lives and churches – in fact it’s making such an impact that other cities want to start ESI. During my time in Chile I met with key pastors in Santiago, Concepcion (Chile’s second largest city), Villarrica and Vina del Mar. We have decided to do an ESI Facilitator training April 12-14 in Concepcion, and are expecting perhaps as many as 60 people to take this training and become Facilitators for new groups in Chile. We value your prayer for the local coordinators as they organize this event. I thank the Lord for SAMS missionaries Russ and Heidi Smith, for their tireless effort encouraging, helping and moving the work of ESI forward in Chile.
• Pray for the many new ESI (Equipping Servants Internship) groups in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in Temuco, Chile and in Bogota, Colombia. There is great enthusiasm about studying the Word of God. So many church leaders have recognized the terrible consequences in their churches and in their own lives from abandoning the Bible over recent years. Pray for gospel impact as pastors and church leaders commit to study the Bible together.
• Pray for Kep as he visits ESI groups in Temuco, Chile November 28-Dec 6. There is great enthusiasm about studying the Bible together. So much so that churches and denominations in Santiago and Concepcion (Chile’s 2 largest cities) have asked to meet with Kep during this visit to discuss the possibility of starting ESI in those cities as well!
Greetings from Bolivia!
Attached is our November Update featuring Kep's recent ESI conferences in Bogota, Colombia and Loja, Ecuador.
Thank you for praying and for your partnership in the gospel with us,
Kep and Debbie James