In late April, we took an overnight trip to Emilianao Zapata. EZ is a small farming community about 3 hours south of the border. To Every Tribe makes frequent visits there to lay out the gospel. There are a few believers but they need leadership and discipling. They are loving and hospitable.
Ruben had the opportunity to lead the evening study. Those who attended (mostly women) asked great questions and we had a good discussion. Deb learned how to make gorditas and cheese. We enjoyed and benefited from this learning experience. The team was accompanied by two translators, Irian and Bianca (photos below). These young people are so awesome in ther helpful, God loving attitudes. We are so encouraged by those God has given us to learn with and to learn from as well as the faith of others. Using translators is a learning experience in itself. They have to listen and speak with a whole lot of thinking in between so you never know if you are talking too fast or too slow or using terms that don't translate well. More and more we understand why everyone is insistent on "learn culture and language" before you attempt to minister full time in another country.
The kids played, of course. They never have a problem finding something to play with. They are getting pretty good at being glad for whatever is given them to eat (it was all great) and learning to sleep - or not sleep. When we did this evening study, David slept on one a little bench and Elizabeth played until way past bedtime.
Pray for the believers in EZ. Pray God will send in a family or team to come beside them in forming a church. Pray especially that more men of the town will come to Christ.
- Ruben & Deb
- I met Jesus in March 1997 and soon after I began the practice of writing things down that were happening in my life with the Lord. Over the years, in the rare times that I have looked back into older journals, I have found that the things the Lord was showing me then are the same things He is showing me now. This does not make them less helpful, on the contrary, it makes them more helpful. God is exactly who He says He is and is doing all that He said He would. We need to be reminded of God and His faithfulness. The intention of this blog is to encourage God's people to continue and to grow in their confidence in Jesus Christ. The things posted here are from my journal and are meant to be an example of God's love and help as He loves and helps me. I would expect that you would have reason to trust Jesus Christ with your life (and death) if you haven't heard about Him so I invite you to go to my page "About Jesus" to see why you can and should have every confidence in Jesus and Jesus only for all things.