December 2016

Discipleship

As we close the year 2016, God is reminding me what discipleship really is: to work through others. The discipleship process is to train someone else to take your place. That implies letting them do as much of the work as possible right from the beginning.

The last two weekends we have sponsored Christmas programs for several Quichua communities. Our method has been to work through local church leaders. These are some of them:

Segundo not only set up the Christmas programs in three communities (Santa Julia, Santa Lucia, and Gulag Huaico), but he has also set up a bible program for us to teach in the same communities..
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Ruben is not the pastor of Cachisagua, but he`s the pastor´s right hand man. He´s a wonderful musician and put together a children´s choir for the Christmas program.
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Marco, in Capulispungo, continues to work with the children. We need to find time to train him in the children´s ministry.
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In Capulispungo, Faby has won the confidence of some of the women. They have a lot of potential in the church.
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And not just with the Quichua. Here, a friend of ours from Quito is giving out bags of candy in the Quichua community. Jhonny found sponsors for the candy bags and made a 4 hour drive to join us. He´s growing slowly in the Lord, and we pray for time to disciple him.
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Continue to pray with us for wisdom on how to reproduce Christ in these disciples.

Christmas in the Communities


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This weekend we shared a Christmas program with the day care center at the Semila seminary on Friday, then in Santa Julia on Saturday, and in Cachisagua on Sunday. I usually get recruited to dress as a clown and ride my unicycle. So I tried to present the gospel with colored balloons. (Click here to see the video.) We showed a movie as well, and then handed out small bags of candy.


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Progress in Capulispungo

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Every month we visit Capulispungo for a programmed Bible study. The church wants to form a bible institute. They have the building, but not the teachers. So I am praying and striving to train them as teachers. Praise God we are making progress! Since we only meet once a month, they complete three to four lessons for each meeting. This course comes with a teacher's guide. I have copied the guide for each lesson, and delegated lessons to various students. How wonderful to see this Saturday that I didn't have to "teach" the class. All the students have studied the lessons, and they're absorbing the material. The students who lead each lesson tend just to summarize the material and talk themselves, but this Saturday they are learning to stimulate discussion. Thus I am switching from being the teacher, to being the facilitator. And I love hearing how they see the Bible stories. For example, I have always seen "The Transfiguration" as a moment when Jesus is confirming his deity to his disciples. But the students discussed how Jesus went up a remote mountain to renew his strength for his pending suffering in Jerusalem. Also, I have always seen the appearing of Moses and Elijah as representing the Law and the Prophets, but one student commented that their appearance with Jesus confirmed the resurrection. I'm fascinated to learn different perspectives from people outside the Western worldview. The teacher is always a student.

(We also did a Christmas program for the children:)

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Summary of our work

This week we´d like to share the video we made to share on our trip to the States. (Click on photo.)

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