On Saturday, Rachael and I went over to Lu's house and almost had a conversation. There was lots of halting silence and looking through the word list, but we managed to exchange a few pieces of information. When we got back, Joyce asked me if I had invited her to church. I started to feel bad that I hadn't until I realized that I didn't know enough Portuguese to actually do that.
So after breakfast the next morning, I grabbed Lisa, and we went over to see if she would come. And she said yes. After the the service, I got Paul Sr. to help me explain a drawing I had told her earlier that I would show her. She had commented several times about how happy and content I was, and I had said that I wanted to show her a picture I had drawn when I was not so happy. As Paul and I explained the drawing and the story behind it, Paul began to share the Gospel with her, and she received Christ.
I know I'm at the end of a long line of people who have been planting seed and watering the ground, but it's such a priviledge to actually be there when that seed sprouts.by beakennedy
I was expecting everyone to break out laughing at the fact that we had pretended that God had nothing to do with life and wasn’t that just the weirdest thing to pretend to do. And of course, there was no pretending going on. (Gregg)
I thought it was a fairly profound statement on most people’s blasé unawareness of the intimate involvement of God in every aspect of life. Quite a contrast with Paul’s statement that it is in God that we live and move and have our being.by beakennedy
The question on my mind for several years now. The Mali proverb: “If you help a man, you have helped one person. If you help a woman, you help a whole family.” How to put flesh and bones and an answer on that question . . .
And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household . . .by beakennedy