James and I are both doing Discipleship classes on Thursday afternoons. I am so excited to be doing my first adult bible study ALONE! I am working with Tereza (in the pink). We have been doing Bible studies with her since about March, and in May their whole family began coming to church with us on Sundays. Tereza is now professing to be a believer and so we decided that it would be good to do a discipleship study with her. It is so neat to see her get excited about studying the Word of God.
James was going each Sunday to pick up the whole family for church. (Pictured above) We were all very excited when she told James they would be walking to church starting in August. It is just another sign that they are growing and desiring to come and worship God . They haven't missed a Sunday since they began and are now coming on Sunday evenings too. Another very encouraging note, is that Tereza has been witnessing to a friend and neighbor as well as inviting her to church. Continue to pray for her spiritual growth.Rafael, James, DanielWe had one profession of Salvation during our 2nd week of club. This boy, Ricardo, has been coming on Sundays for a while now and after the club, James decided to do a discipleship study with him. We decided to include Daniel and one other boy, Rafael, who is showing some fruits of salvation. James has been very encouraged by their participation and interest.
James and I have begun two other studies in the past 2 weeks that were nothing we planned or expected. Yet, God continues to use us in our weakness. James went over to a contacts house to do a one-on-one evangelistic study and it turned into a reading class. This man has been coming to church pretty regularly but has had difficulty really understanding because he only finished second grade. He asked James to teach him to read and so...in our weakness His is strong. Pray for wisdom as James works with this man, we pray that he would understand and accept Christ as his Savior.
Andrea, pictured above, is a contact and professing believer from our first clubs last year. She has been growing and seems to really be seeking the Lord. She just recently began taking a free English class from some area Mormon Missionaries. We have been concerned about this but were praying for protection for her. Recently she got a new job and can't get to class. She was telling me that the Mormons had offered to do a private class for her in her home, but they hadn't scheduled a time yet. I jumped right in and said, "Oh, I can teach you, come on Mondays." James wasn't there to confirm with but I just so wanted to have her away from their influence. James was very supportive and we have had one class so far. Pray for me that I will do a good job.
Teaching Reading to an adult and English as a foreign language is not what we pictured we would be doing as missionaries. But we know that God working in all things and we are trying to wisely use the opportunities that He sets before us.