This year just seems to be flying by. September has been a busy month for our staff. We’ve been working hard getting ready for our annual Pastor’s Congress. There have been documents translated, printed, and put into folders. Bags have been filled with notebooks, pens, pencils, books, and hygiene packs. Name tags have been printed and put into badges along with meal tickets. There is much preparation that goes into making this Congress happen, but we rejoice in knowing it’s for God’s glory.
This month we also celebrated Children’s Day. It’s actually on October 1, but we had a party a few days early. The kids from San Juan and Panyebar Happy Tummies came to the Promised Land. They had a day filled with games, fun, laughter, flying kites, and good food.
September also brought graduation for this year’s Stitches of Blessings class! The women were so excited to celebrate this special occasion with their loved ones by their side. Some of the women live almost 2 hours away and made an effort to come to every class. It wasn’t easy for them to find someone to be with their kids and families but they knew it would be worth it in the end.
Please keep our staff lifted in prayer as we prepare for our end of the year ministries. Our Congress is October 2-5 and over 150 people have registered. Pray for our staff, helpers, and speakers. May we all radiate God to His servants. We also have VBS coming up and part of our staff will be traveling to Zacapa with a team from Maine and Ohio. Zona Cero is also fast approaching. This year, due to the request from the youth, we are adding an extra day to Zona Cero! We are doing this by faith. This ministry is not fully funded, but God provides every year, and every year we see how the youth leave with their cups over flowing and filled with the love of Christ. The day Zona Cero ends we will be welcoming a team who will be here to help us celebrate Christmas! Christmas Festival week is the last event of the year and it always brings many blessings. We will be having Christmas at our Happy Tummies locations as well as for the workers, and many more around us.
Again, we ask that you lift Impacto in prayer, pray for God’s provision, and for physical, as well as spiritual strength for our staff.
Pastor Luis’ Corner
Change Your Profile Picture
What is your profile picture on social media? Your picture will either give us a little bit of information of who you are or it could be deceiving. It is easy to use your picture to give an outward appearance rather than to show who you really are. The Bible gives us some verses to help us ‘change’ our profile picture.
“A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-13
After reading these verses I encourage you to think about changing your profile picture.
The library at Happy Tummies is very close to being finished! We had a wonderful surprise when, earlier this month, a medical team serving with us from NY had 3 carpenters on the team. These 3 guys were given the time to build bookshelves and chairs for the round tables! We are looking forward to seeing this building completed and really excited that it may happen within the next couple months. Our prayer is to have it up and running by mid-January when school starts for the new year. We need to finish the bathroom as well as the floor and paint the bookshelves. And add a railing for the stairs, for the safety of the children. For this we need $2,200.
The library will benefit our Happy Tummies children as well as those in the community who, for one reason or another, are not part of Happy Tummies. This will be a place where the children of San Juan will not only be able to further their studies but learn more about God and all that He is. We pray that the kids who visit our library will grow “…in wisdom, and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
Children’s Day gives us an opportunity to love on the kids
and spend time with them.
and spend time with them.