April 22, 2009

English Class with Bibles to Go!

This Monday night was our first English class. I've been informally teaching a little to the younger kids and hope to do more with them in the future, but this class was for the 10-and-up crowd. We'd been expecting several students from the Children's Home and hoped for one or two from the community, but we actually had TWELVE students! The English speakers helped me by answering my questions, "How are you?" and "What is your name?" several times before I called on class members. All seemed to have a good time, participated, and even took notes. Good thing we brought notebooks and pencils!

When the class was over, we invited them to come by our house for a movie. They cackled and howled watching the antics of Jackie Chan in Around the World in 80 Days. The next night, several of them returned to hang out some more. We played UNO and had light conversation (over a pot of chili--thanks, Ken!), at which time I learned that the newly married couple didn't have a Bible. It came up so casually that I knew it was a God-thing. The wife noticed the boxes of the Bibles we just bought, and I explained what they were. She couldn't believe the box was full of Bibles. I asked if they had one in their home, and she said no. "I bought these to give away. Let's get you one, if you want." She was excited (not half as excited as I was at this point) and started reading it immediately.

Well, then the others were asking what she had and wanted to look at it, so I said, "If you don't have a Bible, we have enough to go around." Each took one, sat down, and started thumbing through and reading right away. The youngest (15) asked for one and Antonio (see previous post about our young neighbor Antonio) told him he shouldn't take it if he didn't plan to read it. So Ariel said he'd read it every night. Needless to say, I was practically throwing one his direction after that comment.

So while they're thumbing through, we mentioned how an easy way to start reading is by going through Proverbs according to the day of the month (ex: Today is April 22, read Proverbs 22, and so on.) We also talked about the 4 Gospels being the story of Jesus' life, and shared favorite scriptures from the Psalms. I can't tell you how exciting it was to see them reading those Bibles in our living room. Please pray with us that this living Word will take root in their hearts and grow into a hunger for relationship with the Saviour. Gotta love this job!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful!! I know you all were ecstatic! What a true Blessing!


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