These were the words heard by the group that went out door-to-door to reach out into our community this week. While my team only made one significant contact amongst many empty homes, the other 3 teams made many more new friends. We have been praying for this day and God didn’t let us down. For the many new ones who went out to do this for the first time, God showed them that it’s all worth it. All returned encouraged and amazed at how God had prepared their encounters.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Our sister church in Tizayuca like us doesn’t have a structure to call its own. They meet in a small kiosk in the middle of a park. It is the only thing that shelters them from the elements. So like us, they cart in all that they need for services – chairs, sound system, and instruments.
So when we had our study with the Tizayuca youth, we sat under a small tree and listened to the lesson. We too find some shade in our area to have our lesson outdoors. Pray for both of the congregations that they soon have permanent facilities to call their own.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
We managed to round up a good group of our youth from Los Heroes to join the other group to encourage them and to make new friends. We organized some games and the leaders in Tizayuca took care of the study. It was fun to see the new friendships forged and the excitement of getting to meet those who belong to our network of churches.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
After a wonderful turnout and breakfast that the women had, their first meeting with a new book to study was well attended. In fact there were lots of kids that showed up too. We hope that the women will benefit from their new study and find it helpful in encouraging them also to memorize scriptures. We’re excited to see the faithfulness of those involved.
Monday, March 3, 2014
The men’s group continues to meet and offer a time for men to share and comment on our study. On Sunday evening one of the men told me, “John, you don’t have to take cookies to our study this week. One of my friends who works at a cookie factory will bring me some of his cookies.” Glad to see the men begin to participate in “giving” in this way to the group. I've enjoyed the group's comments as much as they have.
Friday, February 28, 2014
On Saturday, after a scavenger hunt, some games and a lesson we all got talking about the future of the group and began assigning tasks to different ones in the group. No one seemed to object and all were excited about all that God could do with our small youth group. Personally, I’ve been waiting to hand off some of these duties to those with more energy. We’ll see how they do next week.
Can you guess who's in charge of games? There are two of them...
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our theme for Tuesday eve’s prayer meeting was focusing on the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son. We spent extra time searching God’s word and praying for our lives as believers. Most of those attending withdrew from other churches in the area because of hurts and bad testimonies. “We hope this congregation grows to accept all,” commented one mom who was hurt in her church, but is now seeing her husband come around and attend our congregation. Wow, what a motivation to keep pushing ahead!