April was a big month full of a lot of activity and pleasant moments. The English courses are continuing to do well. I’ve never had so many dedicated students who have started the course and successfully completed it. Recently my students presented their final projects, which included the recitation of John 3:16 for the beginners and Psalm 121:1-2 for the intermediates. Throughout the past two months we’ve had meaningful conversations about the character of God and what a relationship with Him looks like. A number of students are on a spiritual journey and I feel privileged to be a part of it.Evangelism at the nearby university is going remarkably well. We’ve witnessed a significant increase in students walking through the doors of El Alfarero in order to spend time in the cafe, make an appointment for counseling, study in the library, or inquire about the English classes. Soon we will be opening up more evangelism teams in order to pray for more students at the university and invite them into our community.On a personal level, the greatest joy of April was my parents coming down for their first visit. I enjoyed taking them around the city and introducing them to the people with whom I work at El Alfarero and Talita Cumi. My parents sat in on my English classes, which was a lot of fun for my students who enjoyed asking them a lot of questions–all in English.
My parents recently joined the United States board for Talita Cumi (there are two boards: one in the U.S. and the other in Bolivia), so their visit there was immensely meaningful. They ate lunch with the children, led a devotional, played games (puzzles and checkers), and gave them lots of hugs and words of encouragement. It was a time of a lot of processing as well, and I’m excited to see how the Lord moves in the weeks and months to come through the American board.
When I reflect upon last month I am most thankful for the Lord’s spiritual blessings that come through relationships. Please continue to keep my English students and the children of Talita Cumi in your prayers. Specifically:
1) El Alfarero is undergoing a ministry-rich season, but the finances are a constant struggle. The economy is continuing to slow down, which hits non-profits the most. Please pray that we can have the necessary financial resources to carry out our mission.
2) Thank you for your prayers over Talita Cumi and the changes on the Bolivia board. A number of new members have been added in who will make a great impact for the children over the long term.
3) I’ve recently started mentoring three university students. Please pray for wisdom for me.