May & June 2013
Church Ministry News
As part of the evangelism course that I taught in the churches in Ate and Santa Clara, we scheduled fishing trips. We divide into groups, find a spot and share the gospel with the people we meet. After the Sunday morning service in Santa Clara, the people from the church went out to different spots around the church. Just down the hill from the church's location is a market. J.D. and I went to the market and had the opportunity to share the gospel with several people: an older gentleman who seemed to be Christian, a group of ladies that had also been witnessed to by Jehovah's Witnesses, a man selling televisions, and a couple working their store. Before the evening service in Ate, the members of the church walked around the various parks in the area handing out tracts and witnessing to people. I had the privilege of talking to three couples who were sitting in the park watching a volleyball game as well as a few others in three different small parks. I was also able to watch some of the other people from the church as they handed out tracts and witnessed to others.
It is also encouraging to hear the stories of those that have been taking the course as they witness to others. Two families from the church in Ate travelled to another city on vacation. They took the tracts that we were using and visited the parks in the city sharing the gospel with others for the first time in their lives. One of the family's young daughter who is normally in the children's class during the evangelism course memorized the verses and was participating actively in sharing the gospel as well. One of the college-aged students from the church in Santa Clara has been active sharing the gospel at college. She invited me to talk to some of her Christian friends at college and help them with their witnessing efforts on campus. We praise the Lord for the opportunities He gives us in being faithful to His call to share the gospel with all.
As I teach the course, I also build some bonds of friendship with the people from the churches. The church in Ate had a picnic and invited us to come. We enjoyed the fellowship, playing soccer and eating the great food of chicken, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, and a type of corn bread that had been cooked in the ground. After the meal, I was asked to share the gospel as several church members had unsaved family members who were in attendance. As we were about to start the month of July (their Independence month) I shared about how we can enjoy the liberty of the country but that more importantly we should appreciate the freedom that we can have in Christ who died for us so that we could have a relationship with Him.
School Ministry News
Each year, the school takes the Secondary students on a retreat. This year we split the guys and the girls for the overnight retreat to talk to them about purity. At first, some of the seniors resisted the idea of a split retreat as they wanted to spend time together as a group, but the Lord worked in hearts for them to change their attitudes. The retreat a profitable time as several people were able to open their hearts for God to work.
As a Christian school, we encourage parents in their roles as parents and encourage the children to honor them. On a Friday before Mother's Day and Father's Day, we invite the parents to come for a special presentations by the students and the opportunity to share with them the gospel and the Biblical teaching on what God desires of us as parents.
On Tuesday nights during the second quarter of the school year, we offer classes for the parents. This year, I taught a worldviews course focusing on how a biblical perspective should influence our thinking in all areas of our lives. We had six sessions where we dealt with what a worldview is, the biblical worldview of theology, philosophy, sociology, science and psychology. We had some good discussions with the parents that attended the course as we encouraged them to make decisions based on the Word of God and to test their thinking in all areas to ensure that it is biblical.
Debbie continues to live with pain. She was getting B12 shots for eight months and continues now to take B12 supplements to regulate her levels. After some further testing, the doctor has prescribed some other medications as well as he suspects the beginnings of fibromyalgia. Debbie has seemed to improve with the new treatment but still has days of much pain. Continue praying that God will help her through this time of adjustment physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Julia receiving her Timothy Award as he finished the AWANA program at school
At the market during one of the fishing trips
At the market during one of the fishing trips
At the church picnic, a Pachamanca, food cooked in the ground about ready to be taken out
The Pachamanca once it is out of the ground and served
Speaking at the picnic