Monday, February 3, 2014

Service Experiences

Here are some recent experiences we have had out in service.

Just this past week, we have *hopefully* started two Bible studies that will be mine. 
The first one is with a girl we met a week and a half ago. She was on the territory list, and we made the first contact with her on a Friday, we went back on Tuesday, then again Friday. We were supposed to go back on Sunday, but she wasn't there so we will go back another day this week. She speaks English great, but doesn't really read it, so we are using the Listen to God and Live Forever brochure to help her learn to read as well. Yay TESOL certification is useful! We have never taught anyone to read before tho, so if y'all have any advice, that'd be great. 
She already knew God's name is Jehovah, and His name is in her Bible. That is one thing we have noticed down here- "Jehova" is everywhere, in names of Pulperias, on buses (usually calling on Him to save them from their own driving) so people tend to know His name, even if they don't seem to understand Jesus isn't God. She also knows that idol worship is wrong. 
Unfortunately, she starts working again this week, so she will only be available on Sundays now, but we are off to a good start.

The other call is with an older lady. I had placed the magazines with her about a month ago, and when we went back, she had questions. So we answered those questions, then she had more. We were there for a long time, and read at least 10 (ten!) scriptures to her. It may have been more, but I could only remember that many to write down after. We brought back the Bible Teach book for her, but she wasn't there either (bad timing that day) so we will go back and start the study this week.

Last week, we went to another territory that hadn't been canvassed yet. We were there for about 2.5 hours, and found probably 25 or so people who speak English. It's really amazing, we have all these territories that we don't know about and think maybe there won't be anyone there, but we always find a lot of people.

Something else that seems pretty common is when you mention you want to talk about the Bible, people will say "O yes, I was just reading it." People are very interested in discussing spiritual matters here.

(So doing the Bible reading for this week, Genesis talks about Jehovah-Jireh. Many of the pulperias have that name. After finding out the meaning, we are curious if there's a reason for that. Hmmm....)

That's all for now.

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