Sunday, June 8, 2014

Service Experiences

I know you were probably expecting the new post to be about Roatan or the Assembly or something, but we're going to go in a slightly different direction today. We had a couple of cool experiences in service lately that I wanted to share.

First, my study. Her mom gave her permission to go to the meetings when we first started studying, and in fact, she had come to the meeting to ask for a study- that was how I met her. But she hadn't actually come to a meeting since then. A couple weeks ago, the Spanish Special Day was in Tela, and her aunt- who is studying as well- took her to that. They didn't even tell me until after! Then last Sunday, as I was getting ready to head over to her house, she texted me and said she wasn't going to be able to study that morning, but could I pick her up to go to the meeting that afternoon? Ok! Her aunt came with her and since she is going to be in town for a few months, she asked for a sister in the Spanish to study with her while she is here. There's a very good chance that my study will be able to come to the meetings fairly regularly now.

A brother from a Spanish congregation passed a call with a teenage boy onto Zach last week. Zach arranged a time to go see him and bring him the Bible Teach book, the first question in it he wanted to discuss was Chapter 8- What Is God's Kingdom? So we went over that, then he had two more questions for us. 1- Where did Adam and Eve go when they died- Heaven or Hell? and 2- Is the Devil a God? I'll admit, I did not expect those questions from a 15 year old. It was really impressive though. We find a lot of young people here have really deep spiritual questions and spend more time thinking about spiritual matters than many we meet in the States.

I am cultivating a new study (I guess that's the phrase to use) right now. She is a young mom with two kids and her husband works on the islands, but when he comes home they like to read the Bible together. I have been calling on her for a few weeks, and she made the comment that she likes to study about the Bible, well ok, I would be more than happy to help you do that. So the last two weeks we have been looking at the book and she seems to enjoy it so far. The blue intro pages were very helpful, when we got to the scripture in Psalm 72:16, she was really affected by that. Down here we see so many people going hungry, that the idea of there being enough food for everyone doesn't seem possible, but we know that Jehovah's promises are true. She told me this week that she wants to learn all she can about the Bible so that she can teach her daughter, so I mentioned the Learn From the Great Teacher book that she can use to help her daughter, and she was very excited. I will be bringing that back next week.

So that's just a couple recent experiences. Hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we enjoyed having them. 

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