One of the verses our girls have been learning is Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” They have learned a song to memorize this verse, only Ava sings it differently and always says, “do not forget them” (instead of “forbid”). I think it works, though. At least it reminds me to pray for the children that come to our programs. We are called to disciple children as well as adults! Pete and I are currently teaching Sunday school on Sunday mornings, and last week, a new student came to class. He is five years old, and we had the most precious conversation. Our class is going through the Bible, using a children’s story Bible, and we were discussing the Fall, and how we all have made bad decisions and need God’s forgiveness. We talked about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, and how He wants to live with us and help us know God and follow him. Our new student looks at me and says, “How can I tell God I want Jesus to be with me? Can I send Him a letter? How do I do that?” I told him we can pray to God, and that prayer just means that we can talk to God wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, whenever we want! This little boy was so excited that he could just talk to God and that God wanted to listen to him. He asked Jesus to live with him forever. And when I saw this little boy next, he told me he’s been praying. And when we prayed before a meal that we were sharing together, he told me that praying means we’re talking to God and that it’s good to tell God thank you. I am so thankful to learn with and from the littlest followers of Jesus. Their faith is an example for all of us.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
We have an amazing team of co-workers here in La Paz, both Mexican and American. A few months ago, a Bible study was started in Marquez de Leon, and we now all meet together on Sunday mornings to worship God, learn more about Jesus, and enjoy one another’s company and encouragement. It’s a joy to be a part of this community of people!
We also have a lot of short term teams from the US who will sometimes join us for a week at a time. We want to be considerate of all those involved in our Bible studies, and so a few days ago, Pete and Pete Gatto took several of the guys in the study out for coffee to talk to them about whether or not they enjoy having the short term teams join in the Sunday morning study or if it’s overwhelming or distracting. The Peter’s’ were not expecting the answer they received.
One of our Mexican brothers shared that he loves hearing the testimonies of those on the teams; that he loves singing with them; that he enjoys hearing what they are studying at their churches with the realization that we are all studying many similar passages of Scripture. Our brother feels that a short term team’s presence on Sunday morning is a unifying presence. He said there’s a wall in the north that prevents us from knowing each other, but that in the body of Christ, there is no wall. When we share and learn together in humility and in love, the divisions between us disappear, and we are all blessed.
We agree with our friend and brother, and we feel the blessing it is to be able to worship with a person who shares a different culture, a different language, a different perspective. Our understanding of God grows bigger when we are able to learn from one another. The teams that have joined us have come with an attitude of learning and of love, and they are willing to listen. We appreciate their attitudes, and we hope that we can consistently have the same attitude.
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:27-28
We have had an incredibly busy month! It’s been full of new work, some travel, and lots of learning, as always. In a nutshell, here’s some things we’ve been up to in the last month. Pictures will follow once I get organized enough to download them to the computer from our various devices! Stories will also be coming; they are in my head, but getting them into the blog has been on the back burner. These weeks have been so busy we haven’t had much time to pause and record. 🙂
1. Started ESL classes at the community center in Marquez de Leon.
2. Traveled to Tijuana/San Diego to take care of a car permit issue and pick up a second car for work! God blessed us with an amazing trip and an amazing ministry that helps find cars for those working in ministry!
3. Hosted, planned, helped lead 4 short term trips.
4. Began planning for 3 different Easter camps that we will help facilitate for Mexican churches at the Ranch in the next 3 weeks!
5. Solidified some job descriptions/roles for our team at the Ranch.
6. Started leading a children’s Sunday school in Marquez de Leon.
7. Continuing to get to know our neighbors through playdates, dinners, walks on the Malecon together!
8. Learning to live without the guarantee of running water for the past 2 weeks. (We should be back in business in the next day or 2…our landlord is installing a cistern for us!).
As I said, I will post pictures soon! We have gotten very busy and I am working toward getting caught up in our correspondence, this blog, and emails. Thanks for your patience and prayers for us and for your willingness to stay in touch with us!