March 6, 2003
I pray that this report finds you in the best of health. The past month
been very slow. The weather has not cooperated with us the way we would
like. Because of the winter snow and ice our attendance has been very low.
One Sunday evening we were down to 5 people! But, God gives us this
and we cannot send it back, therefore we accept it and go on.
I have received your financial support for the month of March 2003. Your
continued generosity has been very beneficial for the continued work in
Trafalgar, Indiana. Thank you very much for all your efforts, without your
support the work would be very difficult.
We have been quite busy in matters of bible studies. For the pat year and
half I have been teaching the Old Testament during the Sunday morning
services. Currently we are in the book of 1 Kings. Most of the members are
very receptive to the Old Testament; others however, do not like the Old
Testament (especially some of the more mature folks). You might be
about the Old Testament being written for our example-that has been taught
and explained in detail; some just do not want to conform. Sunday morning
sermons have been dedicated to the series of the seven churches in Asia.
is my belief that every one of those churches represents the churches of
today, we are determining which one represents us. Tuesday evenings are
reserved for a study of the book of Revelation. We have gotten to the
chapter (further than I ever expected the brethren to endure) and the
brethren are very excited about the book. I too am excited! The book has
been very encouraging to many of us. Wednesday nights we are studying a
subjects in order: Establishing authority, Bible expediencies and 1
Corinthians. For me, the letter to the Corinthians is the most difficult
book of the Bible. This is why I decided to teach these lessons in this
Our membership has not grown for a while. Recently we had to withdraw from
a sister. She has committed adultery several times and her husband has
finally put her away. We have encouraged her on many occasions but to no
avail. We continue to pray that she will one day return to the fold.
In May I will be traveling to Nicaragua for 17 days. I will be preaching
the gospel in several churches and in areas where a church does not exist.
Several churches have contributed to my expenses. So far I have received
2900.00. Most of this money has already been spent. I purchased an airline
ticket, 4000 Spanish bible tracts, 100 songbooks and if there is enough
money I would like to buy 100 bibles. Please pray for my efforts in
Nicaragua. Brother Valente Rodriguez of Houston, Texas, has been a great
source of information in my preparation for this trip.
The brethren of the Fullerton iglesia de Cristo in Fullerton, California
have invited me to preach a gospel meeting for them in June. I have
accepted the invitation pending approval from the local church where I
The Lebanon church of Christ in Lebanon, Indiana has also asked me to
preach for them in a gospel meeting. I will preach one night of their
meeting on Personal Choices. Again, please continue to pray for me in
endeavors to serve our Lord and in expanding His kingdom.
We are all at peace. I am thankful that the Lord has seen fit that I
continue to labor here with these fine brethren. I pray that you will
continue to support me financially and with your prayers.
In His service
Edward T. Rangel, gospel preacher
6244 S 500 W Trafalgar, Indiana 46181
Phone: 317-878-5969 E-mail: Rangellalo@netzero.net