Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Village time and Turneo the Futbol!

Hey everyone,
Sorry I'm posting this so late! It seems like as it gets closer to the end of the Summer, the busier we are getting! So this past week was pretty great! On Monday in our village we finally met with the older man whose birthday party was the week before. We went to his house and talked with him for a good amount of time. He listened to a bible story in his heart language and then we talked for a bit. He was explaining to us that now that God has allowed him to live longer, he is becoming more religious. He told us that he prays his rosary every day, and that he never drinks a drop of alcohol, and that he is a very slow to anger man. I told him that those are all great things, but then I asked him if he has confidence that he is going to go to heaven when he dies. He gave me a blank stare and said, "Who knows?" I explained to him that according to the gospel, we can have complete assurance that we will be going to heaven but through Christ alone, and not from our own works. Even after hearing this, the man had a very hard time understanding this. He still insisted that he wasn't sure what would happen to him. He told me that he likes to read his bible, even though it is really long. Please pray that he may have ears to hear, and that he may gain understanding of the promise of eternal life that has been bought for him by Christ.

This week we also were able to talk to L, the lady who we have known, and have been meeting with. Her brother is the man who believes in the religion about a mother God. We began talking about it with her and she told us that he has tried to tell her about this religion, but it just doesn't seem right to her. She told us that she doesn't know too much about the bible, but she knows that what he believes just doesn't feel right to her. She also told us that she doesn't have anyone to teach her about the bible either. We didn't want to be just another person telling her what the "truth" is, so we just encouraged her to read the bible for herself if she wants to learn what the truth is. We told her that many false teachers will come and go, which is why it is so important for her to read the bible for herself so that she will not fall for anything that is not of God. We told her that she can pray to God and ask him to reveal himself to her. She was really interested in what we had to say, which is great! At this point in time, we feel like we have finally gotten past the stranger stage, and now she truly treats us as friends. We feel so much more comfortable talking with her but unfortunately, we will be leaving in a week. I thought 2 months was a long time, but it really isn't. Please be praying for this woman, that she may truly seek God and know him and not be swayed by any false teachings.

Last week, we also had a soccer tournament in another village nearby! My job was translating games and a bible story for the kids. We eagerly put on our warrior paint, and we had a blast! I was able to share the story of David and Goliath with kids. It was a very long and hot day, but a whole bunch of children were able to hear the gospel that day, which was well worth it!

We are down to our last week here in Oaxaca. I've been getting sick a lot, so please be praying for my health during my last week here. Please pray that our whole team may all finish strong, and not give up on our task given to us. Thanks everyone! (:

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