Cochabamba October 2012

Dear coworkers on the vineyard of the Lord:

We thank the Lord for allowing us to continue serving Him in spite of these long years. We feel privileged when the Lord grants us so many opportunities to spread His Gospel, although many times we run out of time to fulfill a schedule.

Another reason we thank God is for our health, even though some years have passed we keep in good shape and have strength to win souls and train others in the ministry.

Among the important activities that we are involved in is the first National Retreat for Pastors, during the month of July. After like 60 years of existence of our denomination, nobody was taking care of the spiritual health of our pastors. So, from the moment I was appointed as Director of the National Ministerial Department, I felt the great need to gather them in a time of fellowship together with their wives; a time when they could receive good messages and workshops. This was a time of blessings; we had like 76 couples and some pastors that came alone. At the end we had like 200 people total.

On the other hand, we keep doing evangelism and also giving conferences in different places of Bolivia, where we have the privilege of guiding many souls to the Lord’s feet, and also the opportunity to train others in the ministry.

Whenever the Lord starts to bless something the enemy doesn’t sleep. One night when Jaime Jr. and I were on our way home after having a Bible study in Tarata, a drunken person that was coming behind us wasn’t able to control his speed and crashed into us. I just remember a loud noise and feeling like we were lifted from the ground and landed like 30 feet ahead. It all felt like a bad dream. For the grace of the Lord we were not harmed. But the car was damaged, and it is still giving us some problems, even though we spent a good amount of money on the repairs.

Finishing this letter, we kindly request your prayers for the many trips that we still need to do this year. There are always problems among the leadership, and I need to visit them to help.

We pray that the Lord will continue to bless each one of you abundantly,
Yours in Christ,
For all the Torrico’s, Jaime Sr.

Ps. A brief testimony by Jaime Jr:

Dear Friends and Family,

I just wanted to share an experience that we had on our visits to the daughter churches of the church in Tarata. Tarata is located like an hour or so to the south of Cochabamba, so it is not close to our home. But in order to reach some of these congregations sometimes we go half an hour or 45 minutes more into the mountains. On this particular occasion, we went to a village called Maica, and I wasn’t ready for the task. I didn’t bring warm clothes, and we didn’t have the comfort of being in our car. We had to ride on a cargo truck provided by one of the church members, and this made the trip a lot more difficult. It was cold, long, bumpy, and to make things worse, very, very dusty.

As we were on our way I was praying and asking the Lord if it was really necessary to experience these troubles to visit this place. After all, we could have done it in a warmer season and in our car. But the Lord’s answer came later that night. After the message, my father asked if there was anybody willing to receive Jesus in his heart. Since there were mostly believers gathered that night, we were not expecting anybody to raise their hands. But an 11 year-old boy did. He said he had been waiting for the pastors to come in order to give his life to the Lord. His name is Rudy.

So I wanted to share the question that the Lord made me that night: how far would you go or how much would you do to win one soul for the kingdom? I hope that each one of us will be able to answer Him adequately.

God bless you richly.
Yours in Christ, Jaime Jr.

Dear Co-Workers on the vineyard of the Lord,

As always we send our greetings and love in the name of our precious Savior Jesus Christ.

We thank the Lord for allowing us to continue on His service, be it with the nation wide conferences, or with our small church, on every place and on our regular visits, the Lord allows us to have the privilege to guide many souls to his feet, and also to strengthen many brethren with themes related to home and family.

Last February on a small rural town called Sacabamba, we helped on a family camp where like 700 people attended, and even though it was a camp for believers, there were also non believers, and many of them accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

Talking about the small church at home, we finally took the decision to join a larger church, and even though this was a painful decision for us, because we were used to this activity for many years. The new dispositions from our government are more often going against the churches; now they are trying to issue a law, taxing the tithes, which here was unheard before.

On the other side the Lord has been showing us another ministry, which we were not sure if it was from Him. Since the middle of February, we were officially invited to lead the National Ministerial Department within our national organization/denomination, under which we have worked for like 40 years. During those years we gave our work and effort adding believers to the more or less 700 churches that belong to our organization in the whole country of Bolivia. Of those who accepted the Lord through our ministries, many have become leaders in their churches, and others have studied and are pastors; and now we have been appointed to minister to them. We know that this is a huge responsibility, because we need to oversee that all pastors and leaders teach good doctrine, and on the other side that their lives and moral are according to the Word of God and also that they fulfill their role as leaders of their families.

Prayer Requests 

– A group of doctors from the States is coming in order to serve from the 7th to the 12thof April, please pray for a fruitful time, both in souls won for the Lord and in people who receive relief from their health problems. And for their safety as they come to our country and as they go back home.

– Please keep our country in prayer; our government is more and more closing their grip on the Bolivians and in some ways on the evangelicals in particular. Pray for a change in Bolivia so we can enjoy freedom to witness and to serve the Lord.

– Please pray for our families, and specially our children who are also experiencing some changes in their schools. They are forced to “study” some of our Andes religions and cults that are usually pagan.

Nothing else by now, receive again our love and gratitude. Let’s praise the Lord on this season for His sacrifice to save us from our sins.

Yours in Christ,

For all the Torricos,

Jaime Sr.