Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Notable Surprise

The second half of year one serving overseas has brought about many wonderful surprises. One of those surprises has come in the form of training nationals to expand the work of Bible storytelling among those in our region that have little or no access to the Word of God.

The Lord has brought to our ministry, three talented people with different backgrounds and expertise. These new members are from Colombia, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.  One member is single and the other two are a married couple. Two of the three teach Sunday school and the third is a nondenominational pastor. Each of them has been a blessing in my life as they have given me new filters in which to teach in Latin America.  They have impressed upon me the need to make our oral inductive Bible study training as fun and interactive as possible.  “As Latinos, we learn best when we are laughing and participating together,” said my colleague, Tatiana. “We also don’t like to be rushed or hurried when gaining new understanding; going fast in life is just not our thing “ added Rita to the discussion on contextualized learning styles. Pastor Elgin has been a pillar of strength to our team as he leads us in prayer for those we will minister to through the inspired Word of God.

Our expanding team will travel to a remote area of Costa Rica in mid-October to teach 30 indigenous church leaders from 3 different Central American countries how to disciple their church communities through Bible stories. Please pray that the presence of the Holy Spirit will manifest itself  with power and might during our time together.

My desire is that the four of us will not only grow in our service to the Lord but in our service to each other.

Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.      2 Thessalonians 1:3
Pastor Elgin Estrada, Rita Estrada, Laura Macias, and Tatiana Noriega
The Estradas in front of our MAF-Learning Technologies office
Our youngest but most talented member, Tatiana.

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