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Common Ground – Day 1 & 2 in Córdoba, Argentina

This being my second trip to Argentina, nothing thus far has come as a surprise. Instead what I have observed most are the people. It is not because they are more or less beautiful, better dressed, more or less intellectual. In fact they are very similar to citizens in the United States.

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What instead I have noticed is the hurt in their eyes, teenagers and adults alike. People are no more lost here in Argentina than they are in the suburban streets of Boise. The political and social atmosphere might be more dire, the streets and little more heart pounding to drive on and the food tasting different (even though it looks almost the same), but the need for God’s Spirit to break down walls of apathy and brokenness are very familiar.

That is why I firmly believe God has intentional and strategically planted Centro Crecer here in Córdoba to reach out to the people and simply give them an opportunity for hope and healing. Sam Masters, the head pastor here at the church, along with Sasha Rasmussen, our urban youth missionary contact, with the blessing of God’s Spirit, have effectively constructed a sustainable and growing culture of authentic community and worship that draws people’s hearts and minds to the Good News. They are a mission-minded, Gospel focused center of God’s grace and peace.

So far the team has experienced so much in the ways of another culture and worldview. Community is essential here, while tasks and clock managing are not. Conversation has been challenging, yet extremely rewarding when common ground is established. We pray God will continue to use the simple act of conversing to change our hearts as well as the people we interact with.

The team working on doing the prep work for painting their sound booth here at the church.

Nick Binsacca

What do you think of when you hear the words, 'food bank'?

There was a time when I thought a food bank meant destitute people coming to a building, standing in line for as long as it might take, keeping their heads down as they gathered their food and walking quietly back to their cars, bikes, or homes. IMAG0361

Is it possible for it to be something more? God moved in some of us to dream of a food bank that could become a place filled with laughter, conversation, the aroma of fresh

What if the kids could walk away with a new toy and a great feeling?coffee, homemade cinnamon rolls, juice and chocolate milk and toys for the kids.

  • What if instead of people waiting in line they could sit at tables with worship music in the background? -What if the volunteers mixed with our new guests and friends having meaningful conversations or even prayer?
  • What if people felt comfortable to share what's going on in their lives and ask questions about the church that provides these things?
  • And, what if people began to develop a curiosity about God, His people and His church... enough to come back on a Sunday morning?

Well, that vision is well on its way toward reality. God has done amazing things in our hearts and the hearts of those who find it necessary to receive our help. Each Saturday morning our church lobby is transformed into a place of ministry and warmth and all I can say is, "It's all God!"

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My encouragement to anyone reading this, who has ever had dreams and desires for the work of the Lord, is to TAKE ACTION. Go for it! BELIEVE that when God is behind these dreams and visions - they not only will come to pass, but will be bigger and better than anything you could ever imagine!

What dreams has God given you? What needs to happen in terms of first steps for these dreams to become a reality?

Gail Bonine, Worship Pastor