Ministry Update

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Jul 212015
 

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5:14-15

How true these verses have come to life over the last few weeks in my own life. I had written of the need for the Gospels of John and Bibles for the Kid’s Club we are holding in the park. In my next update I shared how the Lord had provided for the need of the Bibles and Gospel of John’s…

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

May the Lord receive all the praise, glory and thanks first, but the Lord stirred the hearts of other individuals as well and they have given even more gospels of John and Bibles for those we are trying to reach out to in the local community. Praise the Lord and thank you so much to each one of you who have given.

We have been enjoying our times with the children and the Lord has provided us opportunities to meet a few members of their families. Just recently there was a very unexpected turn of events that allowed us to interact with a family more than we had expected.

The “official” time of the Kid’s club had finished and we were going to eat with some of the folks of the church. While a few of the group went to buy some things for the meal I was playing with the kids a little more. A couple of the young boys went to get a drink at their house and a short time later I heard a lady scream then begin wailing.

Apparently her son (one of the boys who went to get a drink) fell down on the concrete and was unconscious for a short time. I ran over and a group quickly formed. I rode in the ambulance with the boy who had by then revived and was aware of what was going on while his mother and a couple of guys from the church followed behind in other vehicles.

When we arrived at the hospital only his mother was permitted to go into the room with him. There were several groups from the church praying and we who were at the hospital prayed together and then went back to eat not knowing what more we could do at that time.

In a few hours the mother and boy came back from the hospital and praise the Lord he was ok. From what I gathered they couldn’t find anything wrong with him or even where he had hit the concrete. We praise the Lord and pray that whatever did happen the Lord would protect him from any further incidents and use the situation to draw the family closer to Him. We were able to pray with them when they got back thanking the Lord for His hand of protection and also gave them one of the children’s bilingual Bibles. I am not sure how the Lord will use the situation with the boy passing out but we trust Him that He will work through it.

The next week we held a soccer tournament in place of the regular Kid’s Club. My understanding was that we were just going to have the kids play the tournament but the way it worked out two of the fathers came and played and so most of the rest of us joined in as well. One of the guys that played was the father of the boy who had passed out. As far as I know no one from the church had the opportunity to meet him before so it was a real blessing to be able to get acquainted with him.

Our tournament was Friday evening and we had to finish up the last games Saturday morning. We had a Bible story time between matches of the four teams that played both Friday and Saturday and had the privilege of handing out the gospels of John to each of the children that came along with the fathers.

Come to find out the fathers that came are in charge of organizing a team for one of the local kid’s leagues and they invited us to a game Saturday night which we were able to attend. It was fun to see that many of the kids we have been working with in the park are a part of the team! My understanding was that if we would come they would like to have a prayer time before their games.

While I haven’t gotten very many, if any, pictures of it yet, the young ladies who are helping with the Kid’s Club are doing a beautiful job with the girls and some of the very small boys. They have done all kinds of arts, crafts and games while the older boys have been roughing it up a bit more with the rousing games of soccer. They have been planting a lot of seeds in the hearts of the kids of their group and it is neat to hear the stories they tell from time to time. I’m so thankful to have such a great team of people to work with here.


One recent Sunday we had a beautiful outdoor baptism service on the beach. The church plant I am participating in right now is a part of a group of churches that are more or less small house churches. Representatives of four of these small churches came together for the day so we could have the baptism service. One of the young men being baptized was from our church and the other lady was from a different church. It was a unique but beautiful time and afterwards we had a meal then went down to the beach and everyone enjoyed various activities for a while in the afternoon…looking for sea shells, swimming, playing in the sand, riding or ducking under the waves as they came in or simply sitting and enjoying the beautiful day the Lord had given us.


I have been pulled off the mowing part of the maintenance job at RGBI in order to help clean and prepare the guys dorm for the students. We are pushing hard now because a few of the students have already come back from the summer trips and I expect within 1-1/2 to 2 weeks we’ll probably have most of the guys back in the dorms.

dragon fruitAunt Donna has spoiled me since I have been down here and has kept me supplied in breakfast bars (a staple back home) and one time recently gave me some of the delicacies of the valley…fresh figs, lemon cucumbers and one of the more exotic is the dragon fruit. Oh yum delicious!


 

I must sign off for now. Hope I can write once more before classes begin because I imagine there won’t be much time for many updates after the semester starts!

May the Lord bless each of you and your families.

Transplanted Farmer Joshua (Josué)

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