” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!’” Romans 10:14-15
I was reminded of this passage this week in a message I heard and it has come to mind more than once this week. How true this passage rings. RGBI is equipping individuals to go out and spread the gospel to other places in the world. It is required for the Bible school students to have a summer practical as part of their training. This year I believe there are seven different teams that are going to all different parts of the world to preach the gospel. At the same time there are some of the students who are working in local churches like the church plant I have been attending to help impact the local communities for Christ.
Whether near or far, in formal full time ministry or more unconventional or even what some consider an “ordinary day job” it does not matter. All of God’s people have the same calling. To love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves. How can we show this love? One way is sharing the hope we have in Christ and sharing that with those the Lord puts us in contact with. It doesn’t matter where the Lord has placed you or the work He has given you as long as you are faithful to do the work He calls you to do He will bless the results. As His word is proclaimed you can depend on it doing what He desires.
“’For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.'” Isaiah 55:10-11
Since the trip to Mexico in early April it seems like things have kept hopping, not slowing down much at all. This past week was big, but having an extra day to memorize my verse for the week and a bit longer for the dialog too it felt a little more relaxed.
Though we had a tidbit of extra time for some of our homework it has still been pretty interesting with some of the new concepts they’ve been throwing at us this week!
One thing I believe I didn’t mention about the trip to Querétaro in my last update is that every afternoon after working with the kids, us single guys would go back to the church where we were staying and help do some remodeling. They had bought a house about two months before we were there and were in the process of remodeling it to look a little more like a church rather than a house. I couldn’t always communicate or understand everything but I really enjoyed my time working with the guys from the church.
RGBI seems to have more traditions than I can keep up with and I have been more social this semester than I’ve been in any 4 month period of my life! That doesn’t mean all the traditions are bad but I don’t know how they keep up with all of them!
One interesting tradition is for the first semester students to host a party for all of the second semester students as they are preparing to leave. We ended up coordinating schedules this past Friday afternoon so almost everyone could be at the party for at least a while. Danny (Aunt Donna’s son) made his famous stuffed hamburgers weighing in at nearly 12 oz each and one of the students made a very detailed piñata shaped and colored like our “Modern Spanish” grammar book. Most all of the second semester students got a chance to enjoy whacking it a few times to help relieve some of the frustration of the past couple of semesters from working through that book!
Another first for me was on our group tutor day this past week, when all of the guy tutors and language school students got together…they had decided to go out to the driving range. I can dig a ditch and get the ball to go a little ways part of the time but as for accuracy…well lets say I think it will be taking me a while before I’ll be able to play a game! One thing that did make me feel a little better was that none of the tutors had ever played golf before either. Some of them picked up the basic concept pretty quick though.
I need to sign off for now but may the Lord bless you all!
Transplanted farmer Joshua