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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Rivera: 8 Year Church Anniversary and Dedication Service

I (Mark) was privileged to preach at a dedication service for the new church building of Iglesia Presbiteriana Ortodoxa de Uruguay.  On the weekend of May 5, our family traveled the six hours by bus and car to Rivera, six hours north of Montevideo on the border of Brazil.  After we arrived, we enjoyed a lasagna dinner at the house of Pastor Gustavo Melo. 
Mark preaches at the church in Rivera
On Sunday, we worshipped at the new building.  It's beautiful!  Their youth group of nearly thirty teenagers helped purchase the church by collecting plastic bottles for months and then exchanging them for pesos.  
Once purchased, the volunteers doubled the length of the building until it could accommodate at least 130 people. 
The Richline kids are welcomed by the Rivera Youth
The service was packed with church members, people from their various preaching stations and several first-time visitors.  Throughout the night, the gospel was proclaimed in prayer, in song and through the sermon in a spirit of humbled thankfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Please petition our God to continue to grow and mature this congregation in the knowledge of His Word.

Mark greets people before the service

Pastors Mark and Gustavo Melo cut the cake

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