Argentina & Paraguay Prayer Bites

Argentina
Please pray for those in rural communities in Argentina, struggling with health issues. David and Shelley Stokes explain: “The system works like this: if the medical service in a local community cannot deal with a particular patient, they are sent to Juarez. If Juarez cannot deal with the case, they are sent on to Formosa (a seven-hour journey). In the last month a number of Anglican leaders have spent time in Formosa – one whose wife is seriously ill and another whose son needed further attention. Usually one member of the family accompanies the patient to give moral and practical support. … Both of us have also needed trips to doctors various times in the past months: Shelley for tendonitis in her shoulder, David for infected insect bites and bronchitis. The climate here is demanding: in this winter period there are strong swings of temperature over several days.”

Paraguay
Please pray for Tim Curtis (Enxet Bible translation project) and the now-smaller translation team: “The most significant event concerning the translation project this year is that, sadly, we have had to downsize, saying goodbye to Martin Rojas at end of July. This was sooner than I had hoped, but the reality is that the continuing depreciation of the value of the pound over the last couple of years, and further depreciation in recent months, has meant that we can no longer afford to employ all three translators. The pound is only worth 50 per cent of what it was worth against the Paraguayan Guaraní five years ago. Adding to our difficulties have been the yearly wage increases decreed by the Paraguayan government.”

Hello from Cecilia in Argentina

Hello my friends!

Hope you are enjoying God’s grace and experiencing his love in your daily walk with him. Things here are good, we can start noticing the weather is changing and spring is coming really soon.

Thank God I had a great flight and because I was so tired I slept most of the time….lol. Buenos Aires welcomed us with 28 degrees so we were over the moon.

Sunday in church was a blessing, I had the opportunity to see and share with my people about my time in Ireland. During the week everything started taking place little by little. We started with some meetings, visiting people and of course my weekly Bible study at home which for me was very especial since I was not with my kids for 2 months…

Last week I had a meeting with some leaders of different churches and we are planning to have an event for the youth in November but through September till November we will be visiting schools and sharing my projects just like last year.

Today we had our monthly visit to one of the secondary schools we help and it was fantastic to be there again interacting with the students. We had also the opportunity to use the projector we were given (thank-you Carryduff parish) and what a DIFFERENCE!!!! We could see how kids were more involved in the topics…..we are thankful to God for these resources. The schools programme ‘Corner Stone’ is taking form little by little….what a blessing!!!!!

Just wanted to share with you how these two wonderful weeks have been since I came back, our goal for the end of the year is to have like a party with the schools we’ve been helping and share with them about our summer camps so you can pray for that my friends….

Take care and I will keep you updated OK?

Be blessed,
Cecilia.
(Red Box Co-ordinator)

Catherine & Nick Drayson Update

Please continue in prayer for prayer partner Catherine Drayson as she recovers from kidney treatment in the UK. The operation took place earlier this month and we are thankful that it seems to have been successful. Nick plans to return to Northern Argentina on 21 August and Catherine on 12 September.

The Browne Family in N. Argentina

Michael’s recent visit to the Tobas was postponed till 4th – 7th August, for family reasons. We began checking Nahum, and Michael received first draft translations of Hosea 1-7 and Malachi, as well as Esther and Ezra (not Minor Prophets, but books the translators wanted to do!). Hilario and José will now start on the production of literacy materials for school children.

Minor Prophets: Pray for Michael working on the checking of the Minor Prophet books, preparing to go through the texts with the Toba translators. The book of Amos still remains to translated. When finished, pray that the Argentine Bible Society will have funds to print these books for distribution amongst the Tobas.

Translation Team: Give thanks that José and Hilario are able to continue working on these translations: pray for good health for them and their families, and for continued support for them (a small monthly allowance is included in Michael’s budget). Pray too for Osvaldo, original member of the New testament team, who is keen to help as a volunteer.

Celebrations: During 2011 the Diocese of Northern Argentina celebrates its 100th anniversary with events throughout the year. Pray for the celebration amongst the Tobas, to be held on 30th October, for a time of blessing and inspiration as we move forward into the future.

e-NEWSLETTER     Michael and Silvia Browne with Kevin and Chris     August 2011

In Salta: Continue to pray for Nano, with a growing group of teenagers playing volleyball in La Unión estate, some now attending a youth group too. Also for Nilda leading the children’s ministry in Juan Manuel de Rosas estate. These are poor areas, with big drugs problems and little or no Christian presence.

Health matters: Give thanks that we continue to enjoy good health, and that this winter passed without flu epidemics. Pray for Silvia still with treatment for premature menopause, and Michael, still controlling his diabetes with diet and exercise. Kevin recently had a simple operation to correct a phimosis, and has recovered well.

Jehovah Jireh: Give thanks for the continued support we are receiving! Month by month we have all we need, even though we don’t always know where it’s coming from! We are learning to trust our wonderful God: He is faithful! He provides!

Future Ministry: As a result of Michael’s visit to the Pilagá Indians, there would seem to be good possibilities for further work. The Pilagás want to translate the Old Testament, and they’re keen to continue with the recording of audio Scriptures (they have the Gospels and Acts done, but hope to do the whole New Testament). And there’s the same need for literacy materials in their schools as in the Toba schools. But there’s no one to coordinate the work: could this be me? As the two languages are very similar, it would make sense to work in parallel with the Tobas. For very little increase in workload, the number of people that would benefit from these projects would be doubled. Please pray! Is this what the Lord wants for us, beyond 2012?

Teaching English: Remember Michael teaching English to Fernando, who comes for two hours on Monday evenings. It’s stimulating for Michael, but doesn’t use up much of his time.

Further details of these stories, with photos and other information can be found on our web site: please look at

www.michaelandsilvia.com

Many thanks for all your support in prayer! God bless you!

With love in Jesus!

Michael and Silvia Browne with Kevin and Christopher
Belgrano 915, Vaqueros, (4401) Salta, Argentina
mail@michaelbrowne.net
www.michaelandsilvia.com

Pray for Catherine & Nick Drayson

Please continue in prayer for mission partner Catherine Drayson as she prepares for further kidney treatment in the UK. Her operation takes place on 10 August. Tentative plans for return to Northern Argentina are that Nick will now return on 21 Aug and Catherine on 12 Sept (with their daughter Stefi, who will be heading to South America for her gap year).

Latin Prayer & News

SAMS BTN Team Give thanks for the safe arrival of the team which Claire Holmes is leading in Paraguay. Pray that God may imprint His mission upon them and all who they meet.

Land for Life, Argentina Please pray for Andrew and Maria Leake working with their Land For Life initiative in Northern Argentina working towards better creation care in the region of the Chaco. Pray for wisdon for them as they explore ways of promoting the work they are doing and as they work with and alongside other organisations.

New believers in Paraguay Peter and Sally Bartlett give thanks that five new believers are attending Bible studies run by the San Andres Cathedral congregation and there are two new believers in the Mirador Church. They give thanks for the joyful, creative and memorable events which marked Paraguay’s bicentenary celebrations, leading to an upbeat atmosphere and greater valuing of Paraguayan culture. Please pray for over 40 lay leaders and clergy from Anglican churches in the Asuncion region attended a series of evening workshops as part of a two-week leadership training course led by Dr Richard and Joan Forde.

Temuco
Please pray for Janet and Alberto Mena as they visit rural churches and minister to those congregations. Please also pray for the women’s group and give thanks for the recent baptism service.

Asuncion Please pray for Linn Tedman and all the staff and children of St. Andrew’s as they take our two week winter break. Everybody is very tired after a busy term. Pray for rest and refreshment for everyone. Pray for safety for those who will be travelling. Please pray for Jo, Zoe and Beth as they leave the school, that their futures will be secure in Christ. Pray for the new science teacher and his family who will be joining us later this month from Ireland, that they will arrive safely and settle in quickly. They have two boys aged five and eight years. Pray that they will learn Spanish quickly and that they will be welcomed into school. Please pray for Linn’s health as the holiday comes.

 

Browne Family in N. Argentina / July

Dear SAMS

Pilagá Indians: Give thanks for Michael’s visit last month to the Pilagá Indians in Campo del Cielo, central Formosa Province, where the Argentine Bible Society (ABS) presented the recordings of the Gospels and Acts, on audio CDs, mp3 CDs and solar-powered mp3 players. Very encouraging to see the people using their New Testament!

Printing of the Minor Prophets: Michael also talked with representatives from the ABS about the possibility of printing the Minor Prophets in Toba: there is a very good possibility of funding for printing selected books.

Future Ministry: As a result of this visit, there would seem to be good possibilities for further work. The Pilagás want the Old Testament, and they’re keen to continue with the recording of audio Scriptures. And there’s the same need for literacy materials as in the Toba schools. But there’s no one to coordinate the work: could this be me? As the two languages are very similar, it would make sense to work in parallel with the Tobas. Please pray!

Michael’s next visit to the Tobas will be after Christopher’s birthday (18th July). Aims: to complete the first draft of the Minor Prophets, and begin checking Joel and Habakkuk. Michael hopes to start Hilario and José on the production of literacy materials for school children.

Give thanks that José and Hilario are able to continue working on these translations: pray for good health for them and their families, and for continued support for them (a small monthly allowance is included in Michael’s budget).

Celebrations: During 2011 the Diocese of Northern Argentina celebrates its 100th anniversary with events throughout the year. The Tobas will have their celebration on 30th October.

In Salta: Continue to pray for Nano, with a growing group of teenagers playing volleyball in La Unión estate, some now attending a youth group too. Also for Nilda leading the children’s ministry in Juan Manuel de Rosas estate. These are poor areas, with big drugs problems and little or no Christian presence.

Health matters: Pray for our health and wellbeing as a family – for spiritual refreshment and protection. Give thanks that we continue to enjoy good health generally, although coughs and colds try to bother us. Pray for Silvia still with treatment for premature menopause. We’re hoping for a restful time during the winter school holidays, 11th – 24th July.

Jehovah Jireh: Give thanks for support received in June for the ongoing work with the Tobas! We now have July’s costs covered: the months go by, and we are still here! God is faithful! He provides!

Teaching English: Meanwhile Michael has a student who comes for two hours a week to learn English: it’s stimulating for Michael, but doesn’t use up much of his time.

Further details of these stories, with photos and other information can be found on our web site: please look at www.michaelandsilvia.com

Many thanks for all your support in prayer! God bless you!

Michael, Silvia, Kevin & Christopher Browne

With love in Jesus!

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