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Supplying Seed to the Sower

This congregation in Almeida can now meet in this new brick building, where they praise God for His abundant supply.
Christians and future leaders receive practical Bible instruction, as well as training in outreach methods and pastoral care.
With funds sent from Christian Aid, workers drill a deep well.
The electrical pump and covering shed have been completed.
As part of his daily activity, this NLIJ missionary shares the gospel with two women.

According to their motto, the New Life in Jesus (NLIJ) ministry´s objective is to "plant churches and transform people for Jesus in Paraguay." Founder and director Osvaldo Simari has passionately poured his life into fulfilling that mission for more than 50 years.

In his recent ministry report, Osvaldo gave thanks to Christian Aid and dedicated II Corinthians 9:10-11 to its faithful partners whose generosity is producing abundant fruit:

"Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God."

With help from Christian Aid, churches have been planted by faithful missionaries who receive training at NLIJ in Bible, evangelism, church administration and pastoral care. These eager gospel workers come to NLIJ to be equipped to plant and build up house churches in remote rural areas.

Evangelism is a cornerstone of this ministry. Workers are trained to present the plan of salvation and to show Jesus´ love in practical ways by meeting physical needs. The gospel is proclaimed in open air venues, on buses, in hospitals, schools and super markets. Gospel tracts are distributed and evangelistic movies and radio programs have been aired. Free medical clinics are set up to serve as demonstrations of the love of Christ.

NLIJ has also provided resources for farm projects that have enabled families to become self-supporting. Gospel workers report that families are sustaining themselves from the produce they have grown, and are also tithing to the local church from their proceeds.

Osvaldo recently wrote that "by the grace of God and with the generous gift from Christian Aid sent last March, our ministry was able to build a well water system in the extremely poor rural village of Guavira," where there had not been access to clean drinking water. The new well is 100 meters deep, with an electric pump connected to a high tank reservoir of 50,000 liters. There are 160 families benefiting from this blessing. The local gospel worker reported: "When we concluded the project, this opened new doors for our ministry to share with the people that Jesus is the fountain of living water. Our congregation´s attendance has increased since the well was inaugurated and people are open to hearing the gospel."

The special financial gift met another critical need: shoes and socks were provided for 18 gospel workers. These men, whose feet are their only means of transport, walk many miles every day, visiting homes, sharing the gospel, and encouraging believers in their faith. They are among the many workers being equipped to meet the spiritual and physical needs of poor people in Paraguay. It´s a confirmation that "your generosity will lead to thanksgiving to God."


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