When I reflect upon the month of March, I consider it to be one of the most gratifying months in terms of ministry since I moved to Bolivia over a year and a half ago. For much of last year I felt like a farmer planting seeds. It was simultaneously difficult and rewarding. Now, I am beginning to see a harvest.
Last month my English courses started–and while my capacity is 20 students–I lifted the cap to accommodate 21 students in one course and 22 in the other. The students seem thrilled to be attending the classes and I’ve been quite pleased to pray with them, discuss God’s protective nature and love, and listen to their life stories. Moreover, I’ve been meeting regularly for coffee with one of my students from last year who has challenging questions about God’s word and is interested in learning more.Once a week, members of the Alfarero team and I evangelize at a university campus. My vision for this year was to double or triple our impact on campus. Thanks to God, we’ve made this vision a reality by adding in numerous volunteers to help. My next goal is to begin opening up new schedules so that we can have a presence on campus from Monday through Friday. The evangelism has been effective as university students have begun to join our Alfarero community by either visiting the cafe or library, or requesting Christian counseling. The frequency with which students are showing up to Alfarero because of our evangelism is so astonishing that I can’t help but believe that the Lord is doing great work here in the lives of many.It was a joy for me to participate in our recent Expo Evangelism. Christians from across a wide variety of churches and ministries gathered together at El Alfarero to partake in evangelism workshops and then put that knowledge immediately to work by going to the main square. We shared the gospel through various means: a puppet show for children, a worship band, prayer teams, and other skits and activities designed to open up conversations.Time at Talita Cumi with the kids is still sweet. There are too many stories to share, but I have witnessed a number of moments of spiritual growth and maturity. Many of the younger children have started attending a weekly Awana program that includes games and biblical lessons. Trust continues to be built between the boys and I, and I sense that there is greater camaraderie among them as well. For sure there is still the occasional conflict, but thank God a greater peace has settled over the home in comparison to what I saw last year.
On a personal note, I was able to visit the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru and attend my first professional Bolivian football (soccer) game. I’m proud to say that Blooming–my hometown team from Santa Cruz–beat The Strongest from La Paz.Praise God that the ministries are flourishing in terms of the numbers, the gospel is being shared, and people are integrating into the community at Alfarero. Praise God that the children of Talita Cumi are in a season of spiritual growth and learning.
Please continue to pray for the English courses–that students would open up and desire a closer relationship with the Lord. Please pray for the evangelism teams as we seek to expand our presence. Please also pray for wisdom for the leadership of Talita Cumi as they seek to add new members to the board.