CPC Ministries (short for Cuerdas para Cristo) is dedicated to producing professional violinists and cellists for the music ministry in God's Kingdom. We strive for them to know God intimately through praise, worship, and prayer. We want to facilitate their participation with the rest of the band and give them a larger role in all styles of music using both acoustic and electric violins and cellos with all sorts of effects pedals and bowing techniques. We also want them to know how to minister spiritually with their instruments to believers and unbelievers alike and in this way expand God's Kingdom.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Since I lost my most advanced students this year, we had to keep our presentations simple, and yet it turned out very well.
Fortunately, I have someone else who wants to start violin next month.
The Bible workshop that I teach on Saturdays has gone well and grown considerably. Often, the young men cannot fit into the office for the class.
Overall I feel it's been a challenging year for my music ministry, but I'm praying God will bless and surprise us in a whole new way in 2014.
Monday, December 2, 2013
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We also ministered in my uncle Gary's church Evangel Temple and also in Toronto Gospel Lighthouse. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and and thank you very much for your continued support. Shortly after coming back, we spent the American Thanksgiving with our great missionary friends here and good food.
CPC Ministries has a new member: Marisol Reyes! She is Raquel's older sister and has just decided to take up the violin for church ministry.
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On to the Christmas presentations. . .
Friday, November 1, 2013
P.S. I'm getting ready to visit Canada for my brother's wedding on Nov. 9. I haven't been there in over 10 years. I'm sure it'll be nice to see my family up there again.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Perpetual Motion (the first tune) turned out funny because for some reason, they kept speeding up.
I felt bad that a lot of my students couldn't make it to the rehearsal because they had other things going on. I pray that they can make it next time.
Starting a couple of weeks ago, I have had Joaquín take over the teaching of music theory to the other students. Since I've done so, the attendance in that class has improved much. I think this is an important part in the progress of this ministry: delegating responsibilities. This way the more advanced students who worked hard to get to where they're at feel more useful and valuable.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Tomorrow we will be having our first youth service in a long time. It's been organized by the youth in our church, and we will have a guest speaker come in from the Bible college. I'm thrilled that I´ll be able to play the violin. I've been wanting someone to take over the singing for a long time now, and it's a good chance to motivate my students and show them what I want them to be doing in a couple of years. Keep praying that we'll reach the lost here through God's presence manifested in our music.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Last Saturday we had a great presentation. The violinists did a few songs from Suzuki Book 1. Raquel played the bass line of Hillsong United's Kingdom Come with the band on her cello and did an excellent job. Having a cello play with the bass really adds an interesting color to the band's sound.
A real answer to prayer: God has provided Joaquín and his brother a better place to live where they can practice freely. Thank you so much for all your prayers and financial support. Continue to pray that God's calling will be confirmed in the lives of my students, and that He will raise us all up as leaders in reaching the world and developing His kingdom through music ministry.
Monday, April 29, 2013
You may have heard on the news that La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires was flooded in the beginning of this month. Many people died and many more lost their homes and all their belongings. There was also a fire in the nearby YPF refinery. Several people in our church including myself have felt a real burden for the people there, so we had a team travel to an AG church there to take food and other supplies and help in its distribution. This was also taken as a great opportunity to evangelize the area. The pastor of that church, Sergio Morales, is one of the many people who came to know Christ as a result of my great grandfather Fred Clements' ministry in Henderson. It was a real blessing to get to know our brothers and sisters in the Lord there and work with them.
|Centro Cristiano Manantial de Vida, the AG church in La Plata that we helped out|
|Arriving in La Plata at the train station|
|The food we took|
In the past several months, my 3 most advanced students have had to discontinue indefinitely their participation in the church band and also much of their practice at home. Stefanía has returned to Paraguay with her family for a while. They felt it was necessary so they could win their relatives for Jesus there, even though all of them prefer living in Buenos Aires and being a part of our church here rather than living in their small hometown in Paraguay. Pray that they do win their relatives and neighbors there for Christ and that they can return here next year. However, also Joaquín and recently Débora have had to stop mainly due to their university and high school education. Joaquín is also having problems with his neighbors who complain about the noise even during the day. I've been depending on these 3 to help me motivate the younger, less-experienced students of mine. Please pray that God will provide a better environment for Joaquín and his brother to live in and that He will show all my students the way to balance the hard work in music ministry with the rest of their lives in order to be prosperous and amazingly successful in everything they set out to accomplish, primarily His calling on their lives.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This past month there was a homeless guy who came into our building. His name was Javier. He didn't come to beg for money or even food. He asked for us to pray with him so that God would help him forgive his father for abusing him when he was a child. This man's life has been wrecked with drug and alcohol abuse, but we could see that he has a heart that's sensitive to the things of the Lord. After the service, a friend and I stayed with him at the church to talk and pray with him for a while. We called an ambulance and went with him to the hospital because we thought he was suffering from alcohol withdrawal, but when we got there, they told us he was actually suffering from the effects of cocaine. We left him there for them to treat him as necessary. I had often seen this guy on the street around our church, and was praying for an opportunity to reach him. I'm glad that prayer was answered. We haven't seen him around since we left him at the hospital, but I believe he'll have a great testimony.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
It´s been a good year, full of God's blessings, challenges, and surprises. The Christmas music turned out great. We did special arrangements of O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Joy to the World. All the violinists and cellists played Silent Night together. Everyone really enjoyed it.
We also had an all-night Christmas party at the church for everyone who wasn't going away to see family which was quite a few, and we did the same thing for New Years. I thank you very much for your continued financial and spiritual support. May God continue to fulfill His dreams in and through us, and I wish all of you a very happy, blessed new year.