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had dropped out of church (Carmen’s parents being two of them). This latter group joined Carmen and me in becoming the founding members who signed our church covenant during our first anniversary Sunday, bringing to full birth the very first New Testament local Baptist church in Santa Lucia. The first thing we did after the signing of the church covenant was to baptize into membership 10 of the converts God had given us, thus closing our day of celebration of the goodness of God with a total church membership of 33. By 2010 Carmen and I realized that we needed to find a new meetinghouse that would allow us to have more Sunday school classes for our growing congregation. In addition, we sought to add a Sunday evening meeting, a mid-week Bible study in Santa Lucia, and a children’s Bible club on Saturday mornings. God answered our prayers with the provision of a low level two-bedroom home with a large living/dining room space where we could hold 60 people comfortably for church. It also has a long exterior porch that we can use as extra meeting space if needed. God has continued to bring needy souls our way. Through our visitation program, we have been able to reach over 132 souls for Christ! We have started four other church plants, another children’s club, and a Bible institute for 10 students who want to train for ministry. Just recently, The Lord has also given us the preaching charge of a floundering church, started in Tegucigalpa by a BIMI missionary back in 1969; however, since his recent homegoing, the church has fallen on hard times. In all, our ministry now consists of 71 members with another five due to be baptized in June of this year. We are also reaching a total of 153 souls each week, which gives us an average Sunday morning church attendance of 80, twenty of whom have to be seated on the porch! This has presented us with challenges beyond our expectations. Even though believers are growing stronger spiritually, they are not at the stage to be given full-time ministry. How are we to expand further without suffering the infamous missionary burnout? God was already working to provide answers to this need. In May 2016 Miss Keren Burdick came to join our ministry and her arrival has greatly relieved much of the pressure on Carmen and me. She has taken charge of the financial bookkeeping and the Saturday morning Children’s Club. She has started the much needed ladies meeting as well as a third Bible club for children. She has also been able to spearhead new evangelistic ministries into Number 2, 2017 BIMI WORLD 7