Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bible Study - Giselle in Sitio

Junior, Giselle, Ana Luiza, Gabrielle

Giselle was really touched by the last mission team that came to visit from CrossPointe. Her two daughters always come with their smiling faces to our children's Bible class on Saturday afternoons, but Giselle would rarely stick around for the service unless we were serving food. Hers is a classic case- 24 years old, five children but only three living with her, living in Sitio for six years (if I remember correctly). She told me she used to be homeless seven years ago before she met her "husband" (we aren't sure if they are formally married or just living together) who's 56. But during the last mission trip, God began to change her heart through the words of an American on the team speaking to her through a translator. She didn't tell me what the American said, but what we do know is that she has made a personal commitment to start reading the Bible and attending church.

Last Friday, the 23rd, during our normal home visits in the community, we passed by her house to do Bible study with her which is what we want to start doing weekly. Our goal for this time is to equip her with basic study skills so that she can read the Bible on her own and apply it to her personal relationship with Jesus. Giulian was prepared to give her a few basic tools for study and we imagined that we would ask her to read a passage from the Psalms with us, but to our surprise she had already written a list of Scriptures she has been reading and had questions about. We started at the top with Romans 13:14 "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires." Through our discussion with her about this text we were able to re-direct her to the Bible by showing her the importance of knowing the Word in the fight against sin. Please pray as we begin this discipleship process with her. We will return tomorrow to discuss more and try to get to know her better.

It's going to be quite difficult to leave Sitio in six weeks just as we are beginning to see some fruit. I love how God is always sure to humble us so that we can be certain He is the one responsible for the fruit, not our own "hard work."


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