Most of our time together was spent going over the material they will be teaching to the churches and learning how we too can incorporate this training into those we are already working with. It was a lot of great information and was very informative.
We want our Southern Baptist churches to know our IMB missionaries and get involved with the works that we are doing around the world. If you would like to know more about how you or your church could be partnering with our IMB personnel to reach the lost around the world let us know and we can put you in touch with the right people to help you.
In addition to our session times we also took some time to go out and show them our work area. On Saturday afternoon we traveled to some of the villages where we are currently working. We stopped in a few of them to pray on site for the people living in those areas.
Some of our group hearing about the work in the village of Chanco and getting ready to pray there.
On Sunday morning we all got to be a part of the regular Bible study that David does in the village of Nearar. Thankfully though we did not have to hike down the mountain to the house where we normally meet. Instead the locals came up to us and we met in an open field near the road. We invited the ones who attend our Thursday afternoon Bible study in the neighboring village of Muyurco to attend as well. We had a good turnout and the service went great. We were all happy to see the locals be involved in the service and they were all happy to have us there to encourage them. It was a win-win for everyone.
Here are some photos I took while in the village that morning.
Melissa, Gini, and Lily before the service
Marty playing with our boys before the service
Jeff and Ben
Gary, Jeff, and Karen
Jerry and Gini greeting some of the young girls who were there
David getting the order of service worked out with our national leaders there
Our worship leader Cloromiro
Cruz and Jeff
This picture makes me smile.
Glynis, David, Marty, and Melissa
David with the leaders in Nearar- Cloromiro, Rafael, and Reyes. Pray for these men as they not only grow in their faith but with boldness share their faith with others in their village and surrounding areas.
Reyes, Rafael, and Gary
some of us during the service
Here is Marty leading the devotion.
It was a great morning and I loved how the people there were able to hear that they are not alone in their journey. There are others all over this country and around the world just like them. Sometimes especially in a village setting when someone decides to leave tradition and follow Christ it can be lonely and isolating. At times just knowing you are not alone is all you need to keep growing and serving. We pray that the hearts of the people there were encouraged that day and that good things will come of it in the future.
We are excited about what the future holds for our IMB personnel and the churches in the States that support us. We too need to know that we are not alone and we have the backing of our stateside brothers and sisters in Christ. Is God calling you to get more involved in missions? Would you like to walk alongside us and see how God is working here among our people group or other groups around the world? Let us know and we'll do our best to help get that started. Or, you can always visit www.imb.org to learn more.