Here is an update from Rudy and Erna in Bolivia:
“We’ve had a wonderful time this last month celebrating God’s faithfulness. Easter Sunday we not only celebrated that we have a risen Lord but that our God is faithful in bringing things to completion according to his will and timing. We had a dedication lunch and service for The Bridge Ministry Centre. It was a time where we remembered and gave thanks to all who have contributed in one form or another in bringing this dream to reality.”
The Bridge officially opened its doors just over a year ago, when the building wasn’t even completely finished. Now people are starting to ask them to provide dorm houses to facilitate larger, longer events.
Let’s summarise what the Bridge has had going on:
“This past year we’ve hosted a two week Bible school, marriage/family retreat, a youth event, a counselling seminar, a church fundraising event, and a family gathering. The wonderful big kitchen has also been used to cook large quantities of food that then have been brought to other locations as it was this past weekend for the Harvest celebration. It fills our heart with joy to see that this centre is being used for the purpose that is was designed for.”
This facility has been the result of so many people’s investment in time, energy and money. We celebrate with Rudy and Erna what this facility has accommodated, and what new opportunities await it. They are also excited about the new church in Ibnias, one of our two founding churches in the emerging ADIEL (EFC of Bolivia). They were on hand for a time of celebration.
“The harvest season is almost over and it was time to give God thanks for His goodness. Not only did the farmers have a tremendous harvest this year but so did God’s church. The building is over full most Sundays and it’s time to build bigger. The new church building is well on it’s way and with the money that was raised it will help bring this dream to reality as well.”
This is an exciting time of developing relationships with colony Mennonites, and enabling them to take practical steps to learn, to explore their new faith in Christ, and to share fellowship with Christians who have a rich understanding of grace and truth.