November 23, 2015
By Derick and Jill
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 5:14-16
We were so sad to hear of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. We continue to pray for the victims and their families as well as others who have been and are currently facing persecution from ISIS.
With so much darkness in the world, we must press on and be faithful in sharing the message of hope with people. Jesus came and lived a perfect life, died for our sins, rose again and offers the free gift of salvation to all who believe in Him and allow Him to be in charge of their lives!
Last week, we were able to have my Spanish teacher and her two young sons (10 and 8 yrs. old) over to our place to watch, “Cuarto de Guerra” (“War Room”) and to have one of our favorite dinners, “Chicken Etti”. This sparked some very good conversations. She said she hadn’t heard what God says in the Bible about not being “lukewarm” (Rev. 3:16) and said that part in the movie was really convicting. She said she sometimes goes to church or prays, but wants to be more consistent. We talked about the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We were able to give her a Bible and she asked if she and I could study it together one hour a day in class.
The next day in class we talked for three hours about the Bible. That night one of her sons asked if he could read with her from the Bible so she said they started in the book of Genesis and took turns reading the first six chapters. The next day this same son got up and read a couple chapters on his own, then they read together again that evening. They are hoping to visit our church and come over again soon. We are praising the Lord for this opportunity to study God’s word together with this sweet family.
Israel has been busy this week showing us new tricks! Every day for the last three days he has learned something new! First it was clapping, then crawling, pulling up into a standing position and waving! He is about to cut his first two teeth, so recently he has been a little fussier than normal. He is usually happy though and loves exploring new areas in the house now that he can move!
Please pray for:
-My Spanish teacher and her sons to have a continued love for God’s word and desire to follow Him.
-Continued opportunities to share the gospel and receptive hearts.
-Continued health for each of us and for Israel to feel better as his teeth work on popping through.
-Ability to have an outreach get-together in our community before we finish our time in language school.
-Wisdom in language and cultural immersion.
-We were able to meet new neighbors and another young family at church. It has been a joy to visit with these families since they also have little kids and know the area better than us.
-Derick was able to be apart of a men’s bible study and prayer time with our church.
-Good conversations with my Spanish teacher and her family.
-Derick was able to find a dentist who could fix an orthodontic piece that broke off.
-We have been able to pass out a bunch of gospel tracts in the local area as we are out in the community.