This morning was warm and sunny, a beautiful 70 degrees outside. I woke up early and headed to the weight room for a bit. After a shower, and a change of clothes I headed to breakfast. Spent time with the crew from St. Louis and others sharing stories of what we all had experienced the night before. After breakfast I headed back to the room from some bible reading. I am currently working through Professor Horner’s Plan on the YouVersion App.
We all met at 8:30 for group devotions. Geuerimo, the discipleship pastor at Vide Nueve, led devotions in Spanish with a translator. He walked us through Psalm 9 emphasizing how much we have to be thankful for. After a prayer in Spanish and English, we headed out to a public school. Our presences there was the first time the gospel would be shared on the grounds from an outside group. I was in a classroom with 21 boys and girls who were about 12 years old. I spent about 15 minutes sharing the gospel after they had heard the bible story of Samson, and another North American share his testimony. I walked through Creation, Rebellion, Redemption, and Restoration trying to make connections with stories from my family and my life. It was an amazing time! Playing games, handing out candy, giving stickers away, and as is my personality joking around with the kids.
The gospel presentation went well. Several kids said that they were interested in following Jesus and learning what Christianity is all about. I love working with Vide Nueve because while God does amazing things in people’s lives, I know that each kid who claims to have made a decision for Jesus will be followed up with and trained on how to follow Jesus.
After spending time in the classroom, we headed to the courtyard where we could play soccer or basketball with the students. I showed them a greatly diminished set of basketball skills. The saving grace for me was the fact that five foot eleven inches is nearly a giant in El Salvador.
We then headed to lunch at State Diner. This was North American food and portions. This particular restaurant was started to train orphans job skills before they reached the age of eighteen. Once a child reaches the age of eighteen in El Salvador they are removed from all government care and systems and sent out to fend for themselves. This restaurant was created by an orphanage owner to prepare young people for the real world. It was a pleasure being served by a young lady named Alejandra. Oh, and for the record I had the chicken and waffles with fried pickles. Man were they amazing.
After that it was back to the hotel for coffee, rest, and some reading/sermon preparations.
For the evening our group loaded up and headed an hour west. We went to the capital of El Salvador, Arminia. We pulled into the center of town to find a local park, with hundreds of people constantly coming and going. The governor of the city had made an announcement throughout town earlier in the week that we were coming to put on a Family Festival. After praying together, North Americans headed out with translators to share the gospel and to invite the people to the Festival.
I had the privilege to share the gospel to small groups five times before we had to be back at the park for the festival. The most memorable experience for me was sharing with two ladies in a shoe store. I was able to cover Creation, Rebellion, Redemption, and Restoration and give them the books of John and Romans to read on their way home via bus that evening. The best part of the evening was knowing that I glorified God by planting seeds. No one that God brought across my path tonight repented and believed in Jesus, but they did walk away with the gospel, an overview of the bible, and two books of the bible to read for themselves.
At the festival there were dramas, songs, inflatables, kids games, a Jesus movie, and preaching. When all the activities were done, and people of the town of Arminia were given the opportunity to respond, God moved in a mighty way. I was privileged to be apart of a man named Douglas confess his sins, and claim Christ as his Savior. I am resting easy tonight knowing that he will be followed up with in the coming days and invited into a discipling relationship.
After cleaning up, and loading up, we headed home. The hour drive was exhilarating. The fresh cool air, the buzz over the 108 people that repented, and need to be followed up with, and the sense of peace among us all made the trip home seem quicker than it actually was.
The highlight of my day apart from sharing the gospel was getting the help a local business make Papusas. Check facebook for pictures.
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