Day 7: Final Ministries & Ball [Sucre, Bolivia 2017]

A real day of mixed emotions.

We arrived at Gracia Divina around 9:30am and found a line of 10-or-so people waiting for an eyeglass clinic. Which was an issue, since we hadn’t planned on clinic-ing. While we waited for Pastor Fernando to arrive and make a decision, we organized materials and prayed together: for the last day of ministry, for wisdom for Pastor, etc. Eventually, we decided to have Silas and Marco stay for the morning to fit glasses to the people already in line, while PG, Tina, Pastor Fernando, and I went out to do discipleship with new believers. Continue reading

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Day 5: Discipleship + Training [Sucre, Bolivia 2017]

Hola chicos,

Quick update, because I’m very tired (and also typing slowly b/c I shredded my middle finger on a razor in my bag… long story).

Today was another full day of evangelism/discipleship, then training. This morning, I went with Sister Ermenia and her kids out into the neighborhoods again. We were ‘supposed’ to go a different way from yesterday, but I wanted to follow up with a couple new believers from yesterday first. First, we visited Pamela’s house, but she wasn’t home. We did find Helen though, and went through a mini discipleship lesson with her (as an example for Ermenia to refer to when she does this on her own). Then, what was really cool was that another family member noticed us, and asked us to share whatever we were sharing with her cousin. Her household has two believers now, and we were able to give them a Bible and some passages to read/reflect on. Muy bien. Continue reading

Day 3: Training/Evangelism + Church [Sucre, Bolivia 2017]

Hi friends!

Today was very very very busy, i.e. nonstop… in good ways 🙂

First, woke up at 7, then promptly fell back asleep until 7:30. Was slightly exhausted. Breakfast with team, then left with translators for our church around 8:45. The morning was going to be evangelism, but there were Jehovah’s Witnesses walking the streets at that exact time, so Pastor Fernando had us switch around our schedule. Interesting to remember that other religions/cults also do evangelism globally. Continue reading

Day 7: Final Ministries! [Sucre, Bolivia 2016]

Hi friends!

Today was our last day of ministry! The week has gone by so fast…

We woke up and ate/met like usual. The entire morning at Pastor Fernando’s church was devoted to discipleship training—that is, training the nationals to disciple the new believers after PG and I leave.

We explained the concept of ‘Yellow’ ‘Stories of Hope’ (for when a person doesn’t want to put their trust in Jesus just yet but is interested) and the ‘Green’ ‘Discipleship Stories’ (for new believers to start growing in their faith). PG made an excellent analogy—if a newborn baby is left by itself with no one taking care of it, it’ll get sick and probably die. So new believers need to be visited, discipled, taken care of. Similarly it isn’t enough to hand a new believer a Bible and say, “Read this!” That’s like giving a newborn a 12-oz steak. They can’t digest it. Continue reading

Day 3: Church! [Sucre, Bolivia 2016]

Hola everybody!

It’s the end of Day 3, our first full day of work with the local churches!

This morning, I ate breakfast (toast with jam) with Pastor Gaylord (PG), Justine, and Timothy. The latter two are a team, and they left together to help with a children’s program at their church. PG and I spent some time talking, working on ministry things (he prepared a sermon for the evening, I familiarized myself with our ministry materials and also helped PG), etc.  Continue reading