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Just Visited Argentina

My family and I have been in the US for 4 months now. Just last week I was able to return to Argentina for a 11 day visit. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to participate in the Bible College graduation with 4 graduates, the anniversary service of Grace Baptist Church as well as Lighthouse Baptist Church, preaching at all four of the churches and visiting with the pastors and sweet people in Argentina. In the next post I will show some pictures of the churches and graduation service.

Here is a picture of our family when we left from the airport 4 months ago.

Our Oldest turns 10!!!!

Today our oldest daughter, Lydia, turns 10 years old. The Lord has given us four wonderful daughters and a boy on the way… and Lydia is the oldest of our sweet princesses. We are so proud of how she is growing up as a respectful young lady and thankful to the Lord for her life. Lydia loves to read, cook, help her parents and is a wonderful older sister. Lydia, daddy loves you and always keep the Lord #1 in your life.

Love you Lydia,
Daddy

Video Update of Robbery at Gunpoint

The Lord’s Protection thru Robbery at Gunpoint

This past Sunday night we were coming home from church and as we were walking into the house, Mindy started to close the front door and was surprised when she felt someone pulling it back open from the outside. Immediately a gun was pointed at her and 2 men barged into our house yelling at us to get down on the floor.  My parents and nephew had just arrived and thankfully each of our girls was close enough to one of the adults as we were made to sit down on the floor.  The thieves started asking for money, cell phones, etc.  One of them went over to my wife and tried to pull her necklace off and asked for her wedding rings.  Then one of them took me upstairs to our bedroom and made me give him money that we had saved back and started dumping out stuff from drawers and closets in our room. They found our computers and emptied out my wife’s jewelry box. During this time my wife and parents and the children were downstairs with the other thief.  My wife asked him if he believe in God and he said, “Yes.” She then told him, “I will tell you what is the most valuable possession we own.  See that Book over there?” he went over, picked up her Bible and thumbed through it. Before they left as they were packing up our belongings, he started to put the Bible in the backpack and the other man told him, “Don’t take that (the Bible)!” He said, “But this lady gave it to me.”  And he put in the bag.  It was very ironic as they were stealing important things and he acted like he needed to take it because my wife had given it to him.  May the Lord use that Bible to speak to his heart of his lost condition.  When the other one brought me downstairs he again started to wave the gun around and asked where the “big money” was and said that he was “sent” to our house because someone has been watching me. They obviously thought they were going to get more than they did.  I told him that the money goes to the construction at the church (which he had already referred to our church, knowing that much about us).  He didn’t believe me and both of them started to go through everything downstairs putting things in their pockets every now and then.   They started filling up my backpack with our computers, camera, cell phone and took our wedding rings off our fingers.  They found our passports but when I asked him not to take them, he left them alone.  I also asked him for a credit card that he had taken with some of the money and he very kindly gave it back!  For a few minutes I was able to talk to him about the Lord and he listened, probably more so than the average person on the street!  Finally after about an hour they decided they weren’t going to get anymore.  The older one lifted up some duct tape of ours that he had found in a drawer and was going to tie us up.  I begged him to not touch my girls and although it sounds crazy, he started to walk over and then just set the tape down.  I believe the Lord blinded his understanding as he just put the tape on the table and said, “Ok, let’s go.” Before leaving, he said,  “If you report us to the police, we’ll be back to take your daughter.”  They then proceeded to go out the door in what felt to most of us like the end of a very bad dream.  We all gathered together and through many tears, we thanked the Lord for protecting us.  Our 9 year old daughter, Lydia, got her Bible and suggested we read a passage from Psalms.

 

After having talked through this, my wife said, “Whenever I imagined that something like this would happen, I always imagined that we would all be hysterical and panicking, but somehow the Lord gave us all a peace as if we were just calmly watching it happen in a dream.”  Even our daughters were very calm during the time that the men were in our house. Only once towards the end did they start to cry.  And our VERY active 15 month old Alexa, “somehow” sat quietly on her Papaw’s lap for close to an hour without moving!!  We see now how God protected us and kept us safe as many people have told us that usually when they come in unmasked, many times they kill or will do something so you cannot identify them.  We believe that the Lord held their hand from touching and harming us.

 

We ask that you would pray for us that the Lord will give us back a sense of security in our home and will allow the girls to not be afraid.   Pray for the protection of all missionaries on the field where wickedness abounds so much more.  Although we had many earthly possessions taken away from us, we are not so worried about any of that.  We are just thankful that we have each other and no one was harmed!  So many of you have been kind in sending emails, saying you are praying for us and some have even taken up a love offering to help with our needs. We want to thank you for this.  Our fellow missionaries have been kind enough to allow us to borrow a computer.  And our churches in Argentina have showed us their love in so many ways.   We may not be able to answer every email as our computers were stolen and some emails were never received, but we have read everything received and thank you so much for loving us!

 

Here to Serve,
Jeff and Mindy Bush and family

www.reachingall.com

July – August 2011 Prayer Letter

 

We have much to praise the Lord about lately as well as a few prayer requests to share. We are in the middle of winter here and trying to keep warm!  The end of this month we will be finishing the first semester of the Bible college and beginning the next semester a few week later. The Lord gave us over 20 students this semester and we are expecting an even greater 2nd semester. We praise the Lord for those studying and preparing their lives to serve our Savior.

 

We just recently came back from our annual Marriage Retreat with the churches.  There were 29 couples that attended and the Lord worked in their lives.  Pastor Austin Gardner from Alpharetta, GA, came down to teach the retreat.  The Lord blessed in many ways and one man, whose wife has been praying for him for some time, received the Lord as his Saviour. While on the Marriage Retreat, one couple who had recently been saved wanted to get baptized in the ocean, so they were baptized… in 35 degree weather!  The Sunday following the retreat we had a Vow Renewal service and around 15 couples renewed their marriage vows. Amen for the marriages that were strengthened!

 

The Berean Baptist Church continues to go forward. Pastor Hernan is doing a great job, winning souls and discipling!  They are currently building a new building as the one they have now is just a small house with 2 rooms and is always full during the services.  They had been buying, building and sacrificing to finish. As usual, the devil is looking to discourage and just recently, the church was broken into and most of their building supplies (tin for the roof, wood, etc) was stolen.  Pray that the Lord will replace these materials and protect the church from further theft.

 

We had mentioned starting a new church, the Hope Baptist Church, in the last prayer letter.  Praise the Lord we have found land and made the first of many payments.  We ask that you would pray about helping us with the initial payments on the land and building.  We need $12,000 as soon as possible so we can get this church going.  One of the Bible college students who graduated in 2010 will be starting this new church with a handful of faithful church members who live in this area of the city.  If you would like to help with this need you can send your donation to Macedonia World Baptist Missions and mark it Jeff Bush – Hope Baptist Church Fund.

 

This September we will be taking our furlough. It has been almost 4 years since our last furlough and time has flown, but our main reason for going back is to get a doctor’s advice on my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It was not our original plans to travel, but we have been strongly advised that it is time to get more medical help and then return with more knowledge of my health problem.  We will be visiting many of our churches and will need to visit some new churches as well. If you would like to have us in, we would enjoy hearing from you – please give me a call at 770-456-5667 or you may email me at bush@reachingall.com. Thank you for your prayers and kindness!

 

Here to Serve,

 

Jeff and Mindy Bush and family

www.reachingall.com

Video of Baby Alexa