With much prayer and consultation with the Brazilian Field Conference, the World Missions Committee decided to step out and fulfill a long-time dream of the AFLC.  At the 1977 Annual Conference a resolution was passed to have a tri-nation vision for South America. That vision was to have Free Lutheran Congregations in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Therefore, the World Mission Committee resolved to expand our work with the AFLC of Brazil to include Paraguay by sending Matthew and Ednay Abel there to plant congregations.

Matthew and Ednay are spending these first years learning the culture and an intense study of the national language, Guarani.  They have been assisting a local congregation with ministry to youth and have also been involved in a Bible translation team as assistants.

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