With four weeks remaining in our outreach, and then a final week of debrief, we’re well past the half-way point of our time in Mexico. The first three weeks were a time of equipping and training, and the last four weeks have been stretching and challenging as we’ve taught multiple times each week, to many different audiences, on several different topics. This last week we had the honour of teaching the Gospel of Luke in Ensenada, a city a little over an hour south of Tijuana. Not only was it a great opportunity to teach in EN VIA Two (a short inductive Bible study program for the community), we loved exploring a new place, and in a twist that only God could have orchestrated, I (Helen) got to see my sister, brother-in-law, and niece while we were there!
We had a great time connecting with EN VIA Two – the students were eager to learn despite coming from long days of work to study the Bible in the evening. We taught the book over six hours, including translation, and we also had the opportunity to serve the EN VIA staff by giving a morning seminar on how to prepare a lecture, and how to present a teaching. We had lots of fun getting “lost in translation” with our students. As Michael was practicing his Spanish listening skills, at one point he was sure he was listening to a conversation about chicken in the church. When he stopped the conversation and asked what was being spoken about, wondering why our friends would be talking about chicken in the church, the Spanish-speakers got a good laugh and Michael was told they were talking about support in the church. “Chicken” in Spanish is “pollo” (the double “l” sounds like a “y”), and “support” is “apoyo,” which sounds very similar! We’re having fun as we’re growing in our Spanish vocabulary, through the process of trial and error 🙂
We’ve so enjoyed the teaching opportunities we’ve had in Mexico, and the next four weeks hold many more hours of teaching. Please be in prayer for us as we have the privilege of teaching the Bible, and equipping believers with an understanding of the message of Scripture, and how to study the Word of God. Here are a few ways you can pray:
1. Two of our Titus participants + one staff are headed to Chiapas, Mexico this weekend. They’ll be teaching there for three weeks. Please be in prayer for them as they go to this unique area of Mexico; the culture is entirely different, and this is the only area of Mexico where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Please be in prayer that they’ll have translators in place so their teaching will be effective!
2. As our fellow Titus participants head out for Chiapas, the participants that remain in the Tijuana area have lots of teaching to cover in their absence! Each week we teach at a Christian school, an inner city church, in EN VIA, at a ranch for men recovering from drug addiction, here at the San Antonio Del Mar YWAM base, at a church in Playas, to youth from the colonias, and in a church in the colonias. Please pray that our teaching will be all that God wants it to be, and that He will help us to prepare effectively!
3. I (Helen) am teaching Job in the Chronological School of Biblical Studies (CSBS) here on the YWAM base on November 25th-26th. Please pray for me as I prepare to teach this large and challenging book! Please pray I will accurately communicate God’s heart for His people, as displayed through the book of Job.
4. We’re at the halfway point of outreach; please pray we would have positive attitudes moving forward – that we would continue to work hard and serve God and His people with all our hearts! At this point it’s easy to get tired and lose focus; pray we would have an even better second half of outreach.