Saturday, October 22, 2011

Making Connections

Dan and his friend Manolo

Judging English and Meeting Christians written October 18

It was so obvious God was working today. We were given opportunity to be judges at an English competition at the Juan el Bautista Montini HS, a Catholic HS here in Borja. Two English competitions were held. The first was a spelling and pronunciation of English words; the second was a competition of English songs.  We were seated at the front of the gym area with two small tables before us. In the stands were 400 youths and teachers anxious for the outcome of the English Song competition.  Seven students participated in the competition with a variety of English songs from pop to rock in style.  Our job was to judge the following three categories: pronunciation, intonation and performance. After the English competition were bicycle and guinea pig races so we decided to hang around and talk to people. One woman we talked to was the mother of the winner of the English Song Competition.  We found out she is a believer and her son also. Carlos, the youth, is interested in seeing other young people come to know the Lord through music. We have been praying for a connection to the youth of Borja and just maybe this is it. We returned home knowing the Lord had guided us this morning.

Studying God's Word

Carlos, our neighbor pictured with the men below, came to study the Bible with Dan in the afternoon. It is nothing short of a miracle to have this former town official come to our home with this purpose of Studying God’s Word. Dan will be going through the “I Am”s of Jesus with Carlos the next few weeks. Please pray he will understand salvation is by faith alone and receive the Lord as his Savior.

Two youths, Andres and Aldomar came to play ping-pong later in the afternoon, while Andres’ mother, Nelly, studied English with Diana. We are trusting ping-pong can be a draw for the youth. Nelly, an English teacher, received the Lord some months ago. She has been a great help in guiding us how Ecuadorians learn English and also what aspects of the English language to concentrate on at different age levels.

Adult Bible-study continues weekly on Wednesdays. We were surprised to have three ladies, all very faithful to religion, come together one night. Dan has been working through Romans and that night the study was focused on Romans chapter 4, justification by faith alone. Lots of questions came out such as, “If salvation is by faith alone, why are we trying so hard to be good?” The study was Spirit directed and provided a great opportunity for the Gospel to be proclaimed. 

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