Rocco DiTrolio
Missionary to Argentina
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"We are seeing God at work."

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Christmas & New Years Greetings!

January 4th, 2021

The Family

First off, I want to thank you for your faithfulness in praying for us over the past few years. In the same way, God has been very faithful and present in our lives.

On a personal update, Daiana and I were married on September 14, and we are excited for this new chapter to serve God together as we grow in our marriage. Daiana has been a wonderful addition to the church team and I believe her gifts will be used greatly in ministry. I am excited to announce the coming birth of my first grandchild to my eldest son, Stephen and his wife Courtney. Stephen is in his second year of Graduate School in Princeton, New Jersey. Courtney has launched her own floral company and is doing very well. My younger son, Christopher, is now living in Houston, Texas working in international business after a yearlong academic fellowship in Brazil.

The Ministry

I continue to Pastor Life Christian Center in San Isidro. God is blessing the church with new people coming to the Lord. A few highlights, this year we opened our Café Vida to the public and completed our first year of English classes at our Academy with 3 of the students from the neighborhood.

I also traveled this past year to Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica working with AG, Four Square Church and Baptist Church and teaching on the importance of Church Planting and Discipleship as well as promotion of our books. A highlight was that we released “Take Courage” a Devotional book in English by my late wife, Ellen. You will want to get a copy!

The Need of Miracle

Many of you have become aware of our need for a new church planting center and church building for Life Christian Center and the incredible opportunity we have to meet that need. Several have given towards this as we our church continues to grow quickly and need space to see God’s promise unfold over San Isidro. We are currently in two services and will have too soon go to three. The property we are negotiating is a block away from our current building. It is a ¼ of city block in the heart of San Isidro, Buenos Aires. We need to raise a million dollars. No possibilities for loans in Argentina. We need 200-unit offerings of $5000. We currently have 30 and still need 170. Would you consider taking one or more of those units?

Thanks again and May God bless you for your continued prayers and support of the ministry in Argentina.



 

Newsletter July 2020

July 4th, 2020

Newsletter July 2020

Dear Friends,

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,” – Hebrews 12:28

We are truly thankful that we are a part of a “kingdom that cannot be shaken.” When there is shaking all around us God gives us great assurance.  The writer goes on to say, “be thankful” and “worship God.”  We are most grateful to the Lord for each of you and your part of the ministry in Argentina.  Thanks for your prayers and vital support each month!

School for Pastors and Leaders 2020
In February, we hosted our 6th School for Pastors and Leaders.  It was exciting to see Pastors and Leaders from many different churches receiving training and ministry. We were able to provide scholarships for 12 Bible School students to participate, many of whom have a burden for church planting. We are praying God continues to use the school to inspire, instruct and help train pastors and leaders for a life of service to the Lord.

Teaching Church Planting at Bible School and Future Missionaries

It was thrilling to see the classroom filled with students studying for the ministry and to be a part of the church planting class.  In one of the activities, the students were divided into groups to present how they would plant a new church in Urban, Rural, and a town setting.  It was exciting to see their motivation and enthusiasm.  We were also privileged to teach church planting and discipleship to a group of future missionaries with the Baptist mission. It was such a joy to see them respond with great desire.  Thanks for continuing to pray for workers!

Anniversary of Life Christian Center

We were encouraged as we got to celebrate our 7th Anniversary as a church with a Missions Convention. As part of our activities for the Convention, our Life Groups hosted different countries that our church is helping to support missionaries and we received our Faith Promise giving for the new year.  Our church is currently supporting 15 missionaries serving in World missions. Continue to pray that God will use the church to touch the 400,000 people who live in San Isidro through our “Festival for the Family” and as we continue to help plant churches throughout Argentina.

Family News!

We are so excited to share with you the birth of our first grandchild to Stephen and Courtney.  Ellie Louise was born on February 4th in Princeton, New Jersey.  She has been a gift from the Lord, and we are full of joy to have her in the family. Stephen has just finished his second year of his master’s in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Courtney continues to develop her floral business, and Christopher has been working in international business in Houston, Texas. It’s been tough being so far from everyone, but we are grateful to the Lord for His faithfulness. Thanks for your prayers for the family!

New Property and Church Building in Buenos Aires

We are believing God to help us raise the needed funds for us to purchase a new building for our church in San Isidro. We believe the new property – a quarter of a city block in the heart of San Isidro – will open the doors for us to minister to the unreached in our area. We need 200 units of $5000 to be able to make the purchase.  We currently have 40 units and are still needing 160 units.  Please pray how you might help with one or more or a part of one of those units.  Thanks for standing with us in your prayers and giving!

We are “thankful” to the Lord and to each of you as we continue to “worship” and serve the Lord in Argentina in a Kingdom that “cannot be shaken”!

Yours in Christ,

Rocco and Daiana Di Trolio
Missionaries to Argentina


 

The Ocean Floor by Ellen DiTrolio

September 16th, 2012

The Ocean Floor

 

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”  Micah 7:18-19

 

When I was a freshman in college, my English professor would sing the old hymn “My Sins are blotted out I know.” As a relatively new Christian at that time, the words of the song reminded me of God’s grace and goodness in my life.  To this day, I am often reminded of the old song and profoundly moved at the greatness of God’s forgiveness towards us.

 

The hymn was written by Merrill Dunlop in 1927 while he was crossing the Atlantic on a liner called the “Leviathan”.  One day while meditating on Micah 7:18-19, contemplating on the breadth, height and depth of the ocean and on what the Bible has to say about how our sins are “buried in the depths, removed and blotted out”, Dunlop wrote the simple yet moving song in moments. Here are the words of the chorus to song:

 

“My sins are blotted out I know: My sins are blotted out I know! They are buried in the depths of the deepest sea: My sins are blotted out I know!”

 

Recently, while listening to the radio, I was brought to tears as I listened to the chorus of the song “Ocean Floor” written by Audio Adrenaline. Its message like that of Dunlop’s hymn is all about how God forgives and hides our sin on the ocean floor.

 

“You have forgotten about,

They will never find you

They’re on the ocean floor

Your sins are forgotten they are on the ocean floor

They’re on the bottom of the ocean floor

They are wiped away by a mighty, mighty wave

Your sins are erased and they are no more

They’re out on the ocean floor. Take them away, to return no more, take them away

To the ocean floor”

 

After listening to the song, I decided to do some investigation on the depth of the oceans of the world…mostly because I am a nerd!! What I found out was fascinating.  Did you know that oceans cover 71% of the earths surface, or 361 million square miles of ocean. While the average depth of the ocean floor is approximately four kilometers deep or almost three miles deep, the deepest point of the ocean is in the Mariana Trench, located in the Pacific Ocean, and has a depth of eleven kilometers deep or approximately six and a half miles deep. WOW!!

 

God sends our sin to a place so deep and forgotten, that it is a place completely unfriendly to human life. It gives new meaning to “that God so loved that He gave His only begotten son that we might have life.”

 

On the days when you feel unloved and unappreciated remember just how deep, how wide and how complete His love is for you. On the days when you are pursued by the lies of the enemy that your sin is too great to be forgiven, remember that your sins are blotted out, cast out, wiped away and forgotten by a Father who loves completely and unconditionally.

 

“Once your heart was black, but now what joy; your sins are blotted out, I know! I have a peace that nothing can destroy; your sins are blotted out, I know!!”

 

“Oh what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”

Romans 4:7-8