Monday, February 3, 2014

Last Blog Entry

We wanted to let everyone know what's been going on with us these past few months.  God has been working in our lives in some incredible ways.  In ministry, we completed another church planting course and God once again brought some amazing students to be a part of this group.   God is definitely at work in Bogota.

The past several years we have been blessed to be a part of what God is doing in other parts of the world.  We have seen Him at work in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.  These are the places that we have lived and ministered.  God is calling people in all of these places to join Him in His work and amazing things are taking place.

Over the past several months, God began to show us that it was time to return to the United States.  Not sure of what He was doing, we began to pray and seek His perfect will and plan for our lives.  God orchestrated events in such a way that we have answered His call to serve at Calvary Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia.  This past weekend our family spent time getting to know this sweet congregation.  Sunday (Feb. 2, 2014) Cavin preached and was voted on to be the Senior Pastor.

Something we had prayed for was to be in a multi-ethnic community and church.  This is exactly where God has brought us.  There are people in the area surrounding the church from places all over the world.  We are excited about utilizing much of what we have learned and have been doing on the mission field right here in the United States.

Please pray for us as we once again go through transitions.  The kids will once again be "the new kids" in school.  We are starting over in a new ministry.  Pray that things will go smoothly and many will be reached with the gospel and lives will be changed.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bogotá News

We have now completed the first Church Planting Course here in Bogotá.  It was a 13 week course and we saw God do amazing things through this group of students.  The class members reported sharing their testimony 348 times with 148 decisions to receive Christ as Lord and Savior.  To God be the glory!  The students are starting new works in 8 areas of the city.  We will continue to meet with them at least once a month individually over the next 12 months to coach them and encourage them in their church planting endeavors.

We are also excited to have Mark and Pam Grumbles here in Bogotá and working with us on the Bogotá Urban Team.  They have served for over 30 years in El Salvador and Costa Rica, and are such an asset to our team.

We will be starting two new classes this Saturday September 21.  We will have a morning class and an afternoon class.  We are praying for God to put these classes together with the people that He is calling to plant churches throughout Bogotá.

Cavin is away this week in Montreal, Canada at a conference for Global Urban Strategists (GUS).  We miss him when he's gone, but are believing that it will be a great week for him to learn and interact with other missionaries from many urban cities of the world.

John Robert is now here with us for 3 months.  He is able to take online classes this semester so that he can be with us here in Colombia.  He is enjoying being back in a Latin culture - and we are enjoying being together as a family.....  now if Cavin will just get back from Canada!

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.  Christian and Preston are now in full swing with homeschooling, and believe me, it has its challenges.  Pray for all of us in this endeavor!  Also, keep us in your prayers in regard to ministry.  We pray that God is being glorified in all that we do, and are trusting him to use us to make a difference for His kingdom here in Bogotá.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cawthon Update

We are all doing well in Bogotá.  The church planting course is in full swing.  We are so excited about how God is using this group of students for His glory.  They are faithfully sharing their testimonies and using other tools to reach the communities they have chosen to work in.  We are teaching them the concept of "abundant sowing."  To date, they have shared their testimonies 228 times and 118 people have accepted Christ.  They are working in 8 neighborhoods around the city.

We are working toward a start date of September 21 to start at least one - and possibly two - new church planting courses.  We are thankful for the people God is putting in our path.  It is exciting to see their enthusiasm and their desire to reach this city for Christ.

We will be welcoming new teammates to Bogotá on September 1.  Mark and Pam Grumbles - veteran missionaries who have served for over 30 years - will be joining us to work with us on the Urban Bogotá Team.  We are so excited about their arrival.

In family news, Preston and Christian are doing well and have started home schooling for this year.  This is a huge change for all of us, but we felt for at least this year this is what God has led us to do.  They are doing well and are advancing in their studies.  Preston is in 6th grade and Christian is in 10th grade.

John Robert will be joining us on September 5.  He will be spending three months with us.  It will be great to have all of the family together again.  He is able to do some online courses for Fall semester and will also be working with us.

Please keep us in your prayers as we serve the Lord here in Bogotá!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Church Planting Course

Our first church planting course in Bogotá started on Saturday, June 8.  We are meeting each Saturday morning and are excited to see what God is doing in and through this class that He has put together.  We are studying the book of Acts because this gives a basis and foundation for church planting.  We have trained them in writing and sharing their testimony in 3 to 5 minutes, prayer walking, discipling new Christians and doing small groups.  They are putting all of these disciplines into practice and we are excited to hear what God is doing as many are coming to faith in Christ through the testimony of these students and soon to be church planters.

We are also in the planning stages of beginning another class on September 21 at the Colombian Baptist Convention.  Again, we are praying for God to put together the class that He wants, and for new churches to be started to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with this massive city of almost 9 million.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Small Group

We have always believed if you were going to teach something, you should also be doing it.  We strongly believe in the importance of having a small group in our home.  We have now started a group that meets each Sunday at 5:00 pm.  It's been great to see new people coming in excited to hear and study God's word.  Please pray for God to put people in our path who would like to be part of this group that will hopefully grow into a church.