I apologize for taking so long to write. Hard to believe it’s been almost 4 months since my last post! It’s been a crazy time. But we also believe that since now we are in Mendoza, having a blog called “Going to Mendoza” doesn’t make a lot of sense. So we will be phasing this out to focus instead on a prayer letter for our supporters and a blog on iglesiavinamendoza.com in Spanish. If you are not on our prayer email list and want to be, please write to Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a nutshell, here’s what has happened since my last post.
We launched our weekly meetings on August 2. Attendance was off and on at first. We have had some people who came once, but some Christian friends who come once in awhile to support us. So we are averaging 6 to 8 people weekly. We had a woman give her life to the Lord in our Tuesday group. and another man returning to the Lord after being away for 20+ years who has been coming regularly. Plus this past week we had 2 new people! So our weekly meeting is going slow but well.
But we felt the Lord was calling us to do something more drastic to reach the musician community. And that led us to a bar called “Hard Lomo Rock” about 15 minutes from our house. So we asked the owner if we could hold a service there Sunday nights when it was usually closed. To our surprise he said yes! So on October 28th we launched our first Viña Rock Cafe which will be held two Sundays a month for now. We are going to have different bands play for about an hour, then a short message, then offer to pray for people. The owner is not charging rent, but does serve food and drinks.
Our first meeting went very well. We had around 5 non-believers there and a couple of them were touched by the music and the message. There was a real nice atmosphere and although we were trying to be “non-religious” you could still feel the presence of the Lord. Our next meeting is this coming Sunday, the 11th. We would appreciate prayer for this because most of the people we specifically invited to the last meeting never showed up. They are the ones we are doing this for!
The other good news is that we may finally get our car out of Customs this week! And I may get my residency permit as well!
Things feel like they are starting to happen here in Mendoza and we are very thankful!
Thank you all for reading this blog. I will try to post again soon.
Mark and Karina