As the Lord continues to add to the number of believers in Nueva Esperanza, where HeartCry missionary Ivan Tassara is pastoring, the need for sound biblical resources has also increased. In an effort to help Ivan with his own studies, with the discipleship of men for the ministry, and with the general growth of the brothers and sisters of the congregation, HeartCry has provided a basic church library. The themes of the literature range from pastoral ministry and systematic theology to instruction on marriage and personal study of the Word. The following is a brief description from Ivan of the way the materials will be used for the edification of the local church.
We will be making use of the books in several different ways within the church. First, the books that are more devotional, such as those by John Piper, will be passed around each week to different families. For example, this month we are studying the book Desiring God; during each week, the family that has the book for that week will study one chapter and prepare to share with the church on Sunday based on what the chapter discussed.
The books dealing with systematic theology will be used in the discipleship of two brothers that are helping me with the teaching and preaching. We are devoting one day a week to meet together to study the material, which is being used to strengthen our biblical convictions. We have also been helped by these resources in dealing with very practical issues in the congregation. They help us remain disciplined in our studies. Finally, the rest of the materials are being used for the church at large, based on the needs of each member, and for discipleship class.