Esteban is one of the pastors of Family of Grace Church in Rosario, Argentina, which he and Nicolás Serrano began planting five years ago.
This month we have had some new people visit our church meetings on Sundays. The most interesting case is the father of a young member of our church, who started regularly attending the church services a few weeks ago. It is interesting because this man has always been hostile to the gospel. Nonetheless, according the testimony that his son gave about him, he is interested for the first time in “the things of God.” We are praying for him, hoping that the Lord will open his heart through the preaching of the gospel.
Another important event in the life of the church is that we began filling a time slot on the Christian radio Monday through Friday. It is the most listened-to Christian radio station in Rosario. In the providence of the Lord, the doors were opened for us to meet the owner of the radio station directly, and he offered us the time slot on the radio at a very low cost—less than half of the original price! It was not within our reach economically to pay for it at its full cost, but we can now that the owner lowered the price so much. We had been praying for several months for an opportunity to spread the gospel through such means, but we had not had the resources, so we are very happy to see how the Lord has opened this door.
Now we are transmitting sermons centered on the gospel, from both Nico and me, as well as from other preachers. Please pray for this project. There are literally thousands of people that listen to this radio station. We are encouraged in believing that the Lord will bless this work and that many people will be saved.
Personally, a great burden that I have had as a pastor in these past months is that we have for some time had only a few conversions. Few things cause more pain in my heart than seeing that few people are being effectually called. The church is growing, at a slow rate, and this is precious in many ways. But we are in a very large city that dwells in darkness, and I cannot keep from growing sad when I see that there are so few people that are entering into eternal life. My heart is saddened and burns to see my city given over to so many forms of idolatry.
Thinking about this and seeking the will of the Lord with regard to what more could be done for the extension of the kingdom of our God, I decided to devote more time to being in the streets, seeking to reach as many lost people as the Lord allows me to reach. Of course, I am always speaking with non-believers that visit the church and am discipling new converts; but I also believe that it is time to make a greater effort in search of those that might never otherwise come to our church meetings. Given my responsibilities to study, pray, disciple the brothers and sisters in the church, and care for my family, I do not have a lot of extra time; but I am going to make the greatest effort possible to devote some more hours during the week to publicly preach the gospel. Please pray for this new evangelistic effort and also that the Lord would provide other brothers and sisters to accompany me in this work.