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  • James Family Thanksgiving Letter 2016

    Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours! We have so many things to be thankful to God about, even lessons He is teaching us in the midst of a severe drought here in Bolivia. Attached is a Thanksgiving letter from Debbie.

    Sincerely,

    Kep

  • James Family December 2016 Prayer & Praise

    • Pray for many opportunities this Christmas as a family and church to communicate the gospel with neighbors and friends.

    • Pray for ESI as the first group started in Montevideo, Uruguay; pray for two pastors (Jaime and Juan Sebastian) from Bogota who plan to start ESI in Colombia in February; pray for three pastors who plan to start ESI in Cajamarca, Peru in February. Pray that we will be able to effectively help church leaders around Latin America study, teach and preach God’s Word so they can effectively disciple believers and mobilize the church to reach the least-reached -- so that no one will live or die without hearing the Good News of Jesus.

    • Pray for the 765 active Equipping Servants participants in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, and for the 1550 total graduates since 2002, that each church/ministry leader will grow in their desire to honor Christ by being true to His Scriptures discipling believers and reaching the lost with the gospel.

  • James Family November 2016 Update

    Warm greetings from La Paz.

    Attached is our November Update -- some thoughts from Revelation 3:8, report on my recent trip to visit our ESI pastoral training groups in Mexico, and our son Andrew's ordination at Parkside Church on October 23. Please pray for the next few weeks as we train pastors from Bogota wanting to start ESI in Colombia, as well as pastors from Cajamarca, Peru.

    Thank you for partnering with us in ministry through your prayers,

    Kep and Debbie

  • James Family October 2016 Update

    Hi from Bolivia!

    Thank you for praying for us and our ministry in Bolivia and around Latin America.

    I'll be visiting our Equipping Servants groups in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico over the next couple weeks. Please pray that we will mutually encourage one another to press forward in the Lord and the great task before us.

    Our pastor conferences in La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Huanuco, Peru were a tremendous encouragement to many pastors and church leaders. In Santa Cruz one of our Equipping Servants leaders told this story:

    During one of the ESI meetings earlier this year, a pastor in his group said something that deeply impacted all of them. This man had been a tough miner, very active in anti-government demonstrations -- he would often place sticks of dynamite on his body to show the government how serious he was about the issues they were protesting. Then one day the Lord called him to faith in Christ and eventually into pastoral ministry among his fellow miners. This particular day when their ESI group was discussing Romans 3 and 4 about what Jesus did and why the gospel is such good news, this miner-pastor started to cry and said, 'This truth means I've been lying to people all these years. I've been leading people to believe that the Christian life and eternity depend on their own hard work and trying to be righteous by their own effort'. That day he came to understand that Jesus is our righteousness -- and it moved the entire group very deeply.

    Thank you for praying for us and the work here. Also please pray for Debbie who is leading two women's conferences over the next two weeks.

    Thank you!

    Kep and Debbie

  • James Family September 2016 Update

    Download the James Family September 2016 Update with photos here.

    Hi from Bolivia!

    Attached is our September 2016 Update in pdf. We've included family photos including Shae Ross (our grandchild #5 born in August). Andrew and Angie's plans to leave for Uruguay to plant churches. And a report on our recent Equipping Servants pastor/church leader conferences in Bolivia and Peru.

    Thank you for praying!

    Kep and Debbie James

  • James Family September 2016 Prayer & Praise

    • Praise for our Equipping Servants “Fundamentos 2016” pastors conferences in August in Santa Cruz and La Paz, Bolivia, and in Huanuco, Peru. Pastor Alex Donnelly taught from the book of Ruth.

    • Pray for Jonathan Holmes as he comes to La Paz to teach 300 pastors on the foundations of Biblical Counseling the weekend of September 23.

    • Pray for our ESI team and the SIM La Paz team as we send an exploratory team Sept 25-30 to the Bolivian jungle town of Rurrenebaque to see how we can train and encourage Tacana Indian church leaders who are seeking our help.

  • August 2016 James Update

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    Greetings from Bolivia!

    This Update features our Equipping Servants team in Bolivia. 17 of our 25 leaders met together this weekend. It was a huge encouragement being together! You can read what some of them reported God doing in their lives.

    Thank you for praying with us for gospel impact across Latin America as pastors and church leaders become committed to honoring Christ by being true to His Scriptures!

    Kep

  • James Family August 2016 Prayer & Praise

    • Pray for our Equipping Servants “Fundamentos 2016” pastors conferences this month. We’re expecting 600 participants in Santa Cruz (Aug 18-20), La Paz (Aug 25-27), and Huanuco, Peru (Aug 25-27). Please pray for gospel impact as pastor Alex Donnelly from Peru preaches on seeing Jesus in the book of Ruth in Bolivia and Jerry Cross in Peru teaches on living the gospel.

    • Pray for the 750 active Equipping Servants participants in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, and for the 1550 total graduates since 2002, that each church/ministry leader will grow in their desire to honor Christ by being true to His Scriptures discipling believers and reaching the lost with the gospel.

    • Pray for the Equipping Servants team starting groups in Uruguay this month. Pray as we train key pastors from Bogota, Colombia and Cajamarca, Peru over the next several months, as well as gear up to train Tacana Indian church leaders in the jungle region of La Paz in September. Pray that we will help church leaders better study, teach and preach the Bible to more effectively disciple believers and mobilize the church to reach the least-reached of Latin America -- so that no one will live or die without hearing the Good News of Jesus.

  • James Family July 2016 Prayer & Praise

    • Praise for gospel impact by the Parkside dental team in Peru for 10 days in May serving alongside our Equipping Servants pastoral training team in Huánuco.

    • Praise for the 120 Equipping Servants pastors who attended a weekend retreat at Camp Yungas in La Paz in June dealing with the topic of “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock in which the Lord has made you overseers”.

    • Praise for the 300 graduates from different levels of Equipping Servants training in Bolivia in June. Pray for the 800 active participants in Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, and for the 1500 total graduates since 2002, that each church/ministry leader will grow in their desire to honor Christ by being true to His Scriptures discipling believers and reaching the lost with the gospel.

  • James Family June 2016 Update

    Download the James June 2016 Update with photos here.

    Hello from Bolivia!

    I just returned from 10 days in Peru with a dental team from Parkside Church -- it was a wonderful time of ministry in the Quechua village of Angasmarka with our Equipping Servants pastoral training team. See photos from that trip in this Update.

    Also I want to let you know about the link to a excellent video on SIM's ministry in Bolivia and ways you might get involved in taking the gospel to the least reached: https://vimeo.com/165218288

    Thank you for praying with us that Jesus might be honored in Latin America,

    Kep and Debbie