Sunday, November 28, 2004

Adrian is a college student from Spain who has worked with us this last semester. He has visited with us and preached in our church and done a very good job. This Sunday will be his last Sunday in Puerto Rico, as he is transferring to a Bible college in the Chicago area. Tulio, our helper from Peru, will be spending the Christmas vacation in North Carolina with his parents, but plans on returning and working with us next semester. We are pleased with their work in Puerto Rico and are happy to have a part in preparing young men from different lands for the work of missions. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Our Web page and Email results in a New Student for our Bible College!

A missions-minded high school student named Eric did a search on the internet and came across our web page. He wrote us about 4 emails last year and I took the time to answer his letters as fully as possible. He asked many good questions about our ministry and our school: Puerto Rico Baptist College. Monday, I noticed a new student in one of my afternoon classes. He said, "Pastor Prelgovisk, Remember me? I'm Eric! I wrote you last year. Well, here I am!" Well, let me tell you, I am very happy about how this all happened! Hurray! Another young person studying for the important work of missions!

Please tell others about our ministry and our web page! Maybe there is another Eric out there, just waiting for the information!
 Posted by Hello

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Fruitful Thanksgiving Dinner at Church

Two of my college students and I went visiting Saturday and invited a number of people to attend our Thanksgiving service this Sunday. Four new boys came! I had our youngest college student Tulio preach. He is just 17 but in his second year of college. He played the piano for Sunday school and then preached during the Worship service Sunday morning. He did a great job. Afterwards most stayed for our Thanksgiving dinner. We had turkey roasted in garlic, Puerto Rican style and all the Puerto Rican trimmings. Sorry, no pumpkin pie. But we did have a big pan of cream cheese flan, so no one is complaining. About 31 came for our dinner. After a good service and a large, fine meal like that one, it's time for a siesta! But I have to get my college material in order for tomorrow, so it can't be a long one. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Our New Prayer Card: It was not easy communicating with our artist/printer friend in Montana to get the new card ready for printing. It was not his fault though. Our phone has been out for about six days, along with the water. But utility problems aside, the work goes on and we are happy to report progress in both our church and Bible college.  Posted by Hello

Our New Prayer Card: We like this design. The colors will be gold and navy blue. Our Web page and new support address are included as well. Posted by Hello

Monday, November 15, 2004

Dangerous but Encouraging

The river rose and almost swept away my friend Jim and his van full of people in route to a Missions Banquette we participated in Saturday night. It was the most dangerous Missionary Banquet I have ever attended! It has been raining for about 3 days straight. The road is littered with fallen trees and boulders the rain dislodged and that rolled down the mountains around us. I counted about five avalanches, mud slides and various trees and boulders covering the road as I drove my college students back to their dormitories tonight.

Combined with the heavy rains has been a lack of water! Because of all the mud stirred up by the storm, we have been without water for three days. Since then, I have been hauling water to flush toilets and do dishes. The really difficult thing is to have an entire family and two houseguests take baths Sunday morning using only a Tupperware container full of water and still getting everyone to church on time.

The road to our church was blocked by an avalanche, the rain was torrential and the attendance very low. Never-the-less, we had a great service. An back-row sitting church member that I have wanted to preach for a long time has finally agreed to preach once a month. His name is Wilfredo. He is doing a great job. Our deacons wife, Margarita, is very quiet, but I finally persuaded her to sing a special this morning. She was great and the "Amens" from the congregation were sincere. So despite the danger and inconvenience around us, the work goes on and we are happy to see real progress within our congregation. Posted by Hello

Monday, November 08, 2004

Youth Group Fellowship. Here are some of our key young people rehearsing for a Christmas play in their Sunday school class room. They did such a good job at the last youth rally with our bible skit that they have been invited to do the same play at another one of our churches up in the mountains. I am very proud of them for their hard work and quality service they have given to the Lord and to our church. Posted by Hello

Pastors Fellowship. We participated in a "Sword of the Lord" conference with our Puerto Rican pastors, fellow missionaries and some guest speakers from the states. I am the first guy in the front row, going from left to right. There is a good spirit between our pastors and our churches are growing. Posted by Hello

Hello from our church! I noticed that I was not in most of the photos, because I am always taking them. So, Adrian, my assistant pastor from Spain, was kind enough to take this picture of our church. They are a great bunch and I am happy to be a missionary where things are happening. Posted by Hello

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Politics Puerto Rican Style.

The election almost equals a hurricane, the way it disrupts traffic. We were held up so late in a traffic jam that we were not able to get to church Wednesday for prayer meeting. In Puerto Rico, everyone forms giant caravans of cars and drives around the island waving the flags of their party. We have 3 parties and 4 million Puerto Ricans on an island 35 x 113 miles. We still don't know who won as governor. The man in the picture (Pedro Rossello) celebrated a win Tuesday, but Wednesday they said he lost by 5,000 votes. There is a recount going on now, so we won't know for a while who is supposed to be running our island. Well, I know who is supposed to be running things! HE was not on the public ballot, but you can still cast your vote for him! Better do it soon, because no one knows when that election will be over either!Posted by Hello

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Technology for Country Folk

Technology for Country Folk

My father sent me this explanation of "Computer Terms for Country Folk" today. I think those country folk may have a better system! Thanks, Dad! Missionaries need to smile too. Thanks for passing one my way!