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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
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