Short Term Mission Trip to Argentina - March 11–18, 2016

This short term mission trip consisted of one week working with the local church, Cristo Rey, at their new church location in Buenos Aires while doing outreach to the community.

You can read the following journal entries from the recent trip.


Ana with our empanadas

Ana with our empanadas

Buenas Noches from Argentina! We have had a great couple of days filled with friends, faith, and family. Monday was spent at the new worship center restoring furniture so the good people of Cristo Rey church have a place they can come together and talk amongst themselves as followers of Christ. Today, (Tuesday) was spent finishing our furniture restore followed by a true Argentinian experience: empanada making! Our gracious host Ana patiently taught us how to perfect the art of empanada folding. We then brought our empanadas (60 of them!) to Silvia’s home, where she graciously welcomed us for a Bible Study. Silvia is a member of Cristo Rey who opens her home up to her friends and family for a night of song and prayer. This experience was extremely moving, seeing how strong in faith everyone in the community is as they come together to celebrate the Lord. Everyone gave thanks for what they would like to raise up to the Lord, whether it was the presence of family members, a new roof, our new friends in Argentina, or the yummy empanadas. The evening was filled with Spanish songs while Pastor Hansi played the guitar. Though the song was not in English, we could still feel the love and power of music and how it inspires us to grow closer to Jesus Christ. 

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!

-Psalms 92

Camille with some of the Cristo Rey family while we restored furniture.

Camille with some of the Cristo Rey family while we restored furniture.

Singing along at Bible Study

Singing along at Bible Study


Greetings! This is Camille reporting for Team FPCB in Buenos Aires:) I am excited to announce that we touched down in Argentina around 11am Saturday morning and made it safely to the house of Ana and Ruben just in time to start preparing for our traditional “Asado” lunch. Ana and Ruben Petcoff are our Mission Partners in Buenos Aires and are also so graciously hosting all 6 of us in their home! We are so blessed to have them! 

Right from the moment we arrived we were welcomed by friends and family of Iglesia Evangélica Metodista “Cristo Rey”. I really got an overwhelming sense of how extremely close and genuine everyone is down here. After lunch, the  ladies attended a lovely bible study where Lauren and myself had the opportunity to meet some of the women from the Cristo Rey church. Following our bible study we attending our first service with the Cristo Rey family. I was absolutely blown away by the incorporation of music in the service and the interaction from the congregation. They also provided us with a program to follow along in Spanish which was so helpful. I particularly loved that we sang a song I am very familiar with, "On Eagles wings" in Spanish which really moved me because it reminded me how the love of Christ and how we worship him translates into all languages. 

Today was our "free" day to explore the different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and dive into the culture and history a little more. After 10 plus hours of exploring downtown I am ending the day with a happy heart and feeling truly blessed. I am so excited to dive into tomorrow and begin the journey of helping prepare the new church for the "Cristo Rey" congregation. Thank you all again for your prayers and well wishes! 

Saturday Night Service “El Culto” (The Worship Service) 

Saturday Night Service “El Culto” (The Worship Service) 

Lunch in San Telmo


Lunch in San Telmo

Our Asado Saturday afternoon  

Our Asado Saturday afternoon

 


Dear Friends:

Greetings to all of you in now quite warm Buenos Aires. The humidity has been building each day and temperatures rising to the high 80’s.  

We have concluded our work activities at the new worship space , which everyone calls La Casa  (The House). We landscaped the backyard, painted some children’s chairs and tables,  and gave the kitchen a good cleaning and organization. We will be cooking dinner for a group of 35-40 people there Friday night, serving one of Ben’s specialties Shepherd’s pie. We will also be celebrating  a few birthdays as well.

We have enjoyed the (2) bible studies Wednesday and Thursday evening. We are humbled by how openly people share some of life’s challenges and how grateful they are for simple blessings; health, work, children, things we sometimes take for granted in our lives. 

On Wednesday, we met at Dock Sul, a modest neighborhood south of the city near the port. We met at Gabby’s home where the FPCB team did some work on our last trip. We were greeted warmly and our reading was from Deuteronomy 30:14, The word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.  We discussed customized devotions, whereby we read scripture and how we can go deeper in the word through applying scripture to our own lives. 

On Thursday, we made our way to Plaza de Mayo, where the mothers  and family that have lost loved ones during the 70’s government troubles march to continue to be recognized and the need for reconciliation. Most of the mothers are well into their 80’s and 90’s now, and they are few, but mighty as you can see by the photo attached.

In the evening ,we enjoyed another bible study with about  thirty of us. Once again, we are awed how we were greeted and loved by the group that we only see every other year. We discussed how God is always near and loves us like a parent loves a child. We prayed that all children should feel this kind of love by their parents, as God gives us his unconditional love.

Thank you for your continued prayers!

Blessings,