Lent has been an incredible opportunity to get to know the members of our congregation, as well as the city of Ponce, but we are looking forward to the next steps of our church-plant! Most of the previous few weeks have been dedicated to visitation and exploration, as well as meeting a number of the various social services and openings in the city, and a plan for the future is starting to take shape.
There are a number of major social problems in the city, some of which we are especially well equipped as a Lutheran Church to begin responding to, such as life ministries (there is an abortion clinic near the church but no existing life-ministries in Ponce), support for families with individuals dealing with mental and physical disabilities, caring for the elderly, doing activities in the government housing projects and more. This month we have had a lot of groundbreaking conversations about how we might fit into the existing services in Ponce and serve the community.
In addition, we have had an incredible number of outreach opportunities which we are planning for in the coming months. The members of the congregation, even though we are very few in number, are excited about opportunities to share their faith and have a lot of good ideas! We are planning to host a special congregational convention shortly after Easter to plan the next year of activities and mercy work as a church, including possibilities with our potential new building that we are currently in the process of finding!
Please keep the building search in your prayers, especially as there is one building which is very promising but will require some negotiations with our current budget!