Friday, April 25, 2014

Celebrating the Ressurrection at Redemption Baptist

We had a full week leading up to Ressurrection Day with lots of opportunities to meditate on Christ's sacrifice in our place  and share His love with others!
During the month of April we encouraged our people to set aside their normal devotional reading and read a chronological account of Jesus' last week in the four Gospels.   
During the week of Easter we bought some mini-roses and gave them out to the kids teachers, the lunch ladies, the cleaning lady and a couple of other ladies in our community with a ressurrection verse in the plant.  It was a way to show the love of Christ as well as a way to remind them of the true meaning of easter. 
 For the first time we had a Friday evening service where we focused on Christ's death, and suffering for our sin.  We also shared the Lord's supper together.  It was a special time and we look forward to remembering together on Friday next year. 
 Sunday we focused exclusively on the Ressurrection and the salvation and victory we have in Christ!  In the morning we looked at the 7 last words of Jesus after the Ressurrection and at night we studied the implications of the Ressurrection in our lives as recorded in Romans 6. 
We had our traditional breakfast and were thrilled to have a full house both in the morning and evening services.  Sunday night one couple came to us wanting to be baptized.  We arrived home tired but excited about all that God had done and is doing in our hearts.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

We are His Witnesses!

Weekend Update 

Friday, we worked stamping and folding tracts... 

(I got them started and then went to a class...when I got home the tracks were folded and stamped but I found a few random stamps on my table:)

 Saturday at 3:00 we met at the church, divided into groups ,
 picked up our maps and surveys, PRAYED...

                                          Filled up our wrists with Gospel Braclets... 
 We're ready!
(Daniel was my survey taker, he asked the questions and wrote down the answers. He also lost a tooth during our first visit!!!)
 The first lady my group met happened to be the lady that Teresinha calls when she needs water or gas for her stove.  Although they had never met in person, they had spoken many times on the phone!  How cool to see God orquestrate that meeting.  It openned the door to a good conversation about salvation. 
 We were able to catch a glimps of James and Jeremiah talking with someone on a parallel street.
 Hannah gave out the tracts for us... 
 When we got back everyone was excited to share all their experiences.
 There is nothing harder than knocking on a door and talking to a complete stranger...But when we remember the eternal condition of that person's soul...And the sacrifice of Christ on their behalf...We go...And then we leave excited and more motivated to talk to those we know and love... those we see everyday as school and work and in the neighborhood...We are HIS Witnesses!!!
I am so thankful for this church family and their love for Christ their Savior.  What greater gift can we give Him than proclaiming His finished work on the cross!

Just in case you are interested...Our 3 survey questions were:
1.  What do you think of Christians today?
2.  What do you think of the Church today?
3.  What do you think of Jesus Christ?

This last question allows us to go easily into a Gospel presentation.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Openning Doors at School

Our kids have been going to a local public school for the past two years and finally this year the doors are starting to open for us to get more involved!
 Last week Jeremiah's teacher invited me to come and read a book to the class.  Friday I had the privilege to go and read The Tale of Three Trees.   It is a wonderful story that incorporates the life of Christ. 
 I am so thankful to be able to talk about Christ's death and ressurrection in the school and plant gospel seeds into the little hearts of the students. 
I have also been able to get involved more at the school going during their recess time to help supervise the kids.  I am getting to know the kids and teachers much more  and all of this is with the goal of sharing the Gospel with them.