Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Children's Program

About a month ago, we started back up the children's programs. The only day our 3 youth girls that lead it could all make it was Sunday. So we've started doing that on Sunday mornings.

The kids seem to love it! We only have a few, usually no more than 8. But they come enthusiastically ready to sing, learn the Bible verse, and do a craft. I'm so excited to share that last week, 3 of them accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The biggest advantage to doing this children's class is training. It's so exciting to see these girls learn to teach the Word of God. I have gotten to see what He has done in their lives these last couple years, and now getting to see them pass it on is amazing!

Please be praying for our children's class. We are hoping that this will be a good training ground for more and more youth.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things are going great here! We are so excited to see what God is doing in the midst of the people around us and in our own lives.

Our goal for this year have been to raise up leaders at the youth center. August marked two years since we opened the youth center - Safehaven. In those two years we have seen a lot of kids come through, and a lot leave. But we have watched for the ones God was calling to really stand up among their peers and start taking over some of the activities. This year we have seen that.

Bryan has taken every Monday morning to disciple four young men. For the first half of this year (and a little of last year), he has worked with two guys who have been coming a long time. About a month ago, he invited two new guys to meet with him. It has been a time of getting "real" with them, really finding out what they want in life and where they think God is calling them.

I've also gotten a chance to meet with a girl every Monday morning (although sometimes she comes different days of the week because of a busy schedule), and it's been a real blessing. I've learned that meeting one on one with girls is a little harder because they have so many responsibilities in the house. A lot of them don't have mornings free because they are helping wash the family's clothes or cook lunch. 

We've gotten to see these kids really start to take their walk with God more seriously. We've even had a couple older guys come around that had stopped coming for some time. They are now coming regularly and even asking to be baptized.

Speaking of that, I wanted to ask for your prayer. We will be going on a get-away as a church this Sunday where we will be doing baptisms. We'll leave early in the morning, and return sometime that afternoon. We'll be going to a little retreat center about 30 minutes outside of town. There we are planning on doing a joint service with everyone involved in our mission. We have a group coming from Tres Islas, the village church we go to each week. We have a group coming from Pastora where we used to go each week, but they now have a national pastor there every Sunday. We have a group from the youth center, and also our congregation that meets here in Maldonado will be going. It should be a lot of fun! But please be praying for those who are on the edge about getting baptism. They recognize that this is the next step in their faith, and we're praying they have the courage to take it.

I can't update without saying something about my little Eva girl. She's 3 1/2 months old and has been gaining weight really well. Some of you might not have known, but we struggled with that for the first couple months, as she was not gaining anything - just maintaining her birth weight. But we are so thankful that she's started climbing, and climbing fast. She gained almost a pound in the last two weeks! Praise God. Thank you for your prayers.

I also wanted to share another answered prayer. Bryan got a job while we were in Lima teaching English online. It was an awesome job, because he could stay at home with me (and Eva once she came) and still be making some extra income apart from our donations. It was an especially timely job since the cost of living was a little more in Lima. And honestly, it was nice to work for money again and be doing our part in our lives as missionaries. SO... the answered prayer is that Bryan still has this job. Our internet was terrible for the first 3 years we lived here, so it was uncanny and completely a miracle that the exact time our city got high speed internet availability is when we moved back from Lima in June. Although it's been a lot for Bryan to juggle, it's been an answered prayer that we are beginning to pay our own way as missionaries. 

Thanks for all your prayers! Another update soon!

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