One of my favorite tools for evangelism has become correspondence courses. My broken Swahili, coupled with the broken English of others, is enough to exchange regular pleasantries with those who live and work nearby. Throw in a few small acts of kindness and relationships begin to grow.
Sometimes this leads to Bible studies, but these are dependent on the availability of a translator. However, I can readily give them tracts and Bible courses written in Swahili. I have been very pleased with the eagerness with which these are received. Just today, a man returned the last lesson of a 12-part series of correspondence courses to be graded. He proceeded to beg for a lesson on another topic. He left rejoicing when I gave him a few more tracts and promised to look for some more material to share with him.
This case is hardly exceptional. There are several men that seek out a new tract or lesson from me every time we see each other. I can scarcely keep up with their thirst for more Bible knowledge. It is energizing and encouraging to see this hunger for God's Word.
Bringing in Reinforcements
After visiting Njiro Chini last week, we were back at Ilkuirei today. Three of the second year students at the Andrew Connally School of Preaching have been recruited to help out at Ilkuirei. They will help with translation and leading in worship service, as well as doing some personal work as time permits. This will be good experience for them, and some very needed help for the congregation.
Also, all of the windows are now in place, as well as ceiling tiles in the newly partitioned off classroom. The sound quality of services was noticeably better.
On a Personal Note
Our daughter, Abby, celebrated her first birthday in Africa last week (12th birthday overall). She was sad that her family couldn't be with her, so we wanted to do what we could to make it extra-special. Saturday we took her for a drive through Tarangire National Park. You know how sometimes you take your kids to the local national or state park to spend a Saturday? Well this was just like that... except with elephants and lions.
Then tonight she had a small gathering of friends at our house. There are so many things that she has had to give up. But there are also so many wonderful experiences that she is gaining in return.
Have a fantastic week!
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