I have posted some videos of me teaching Guillermo as I am currently training him up to be the pastor of the church that we are planting (more on that later). Anyway, this is what the majority of my time is spent on these days. I meet with Guillermo 2 times per week for 2 hours each time. Then our families also meet together on Sunday morning for a time of study in God’s Word, prayer, and fellowship. Then we also meet together on Tuesday afternoon to lead the Bible Study for the kids and youth in the neighborhood. And now I also have also begun to start training one of these youth in the Scriptures. He is 13 years old. His name is Josue. When he learned about all the training that I am bringing Guillermo, he told us that he too wants to learn the Word of God better and asked me to teach him. So, now I meet with him once every Wednesday to take him through Scripture. So, as you can see, God has me doing a lot of teaching and training these days. I absolutely love it. I love communicating the rich truth of God’s Word and seeing other people receive the blessing when God opens their eyes to such truth. It is hard work…especially doing this all in a language that is not my native tongue. But thanks be to God for the grace that He gives me to proclaim His truth.
Anyway, I wanted to post a couple of these videos for a couple of reasons. First, I would like to say a very important thing to anybody who feels called to serve on the foreign mission field…learn the language! This is crucial. Ok, I know to you spanish speaking people watching, that you are going to hear a lot of mistakes. I know. I watched the videos afterwards and I was cringing at various points when I saw errors. But…the truth is that even though I still commit errors and forget words or am still developing my vocabulary bank, by means of taking a year to study in Costa Rica before coming here, I can now sit down with a hungry soul and spend hours upon hours expounding on the truth of God’s Word. And this is what being a missionary is all about…the proclamation of the Gospel! We cannot effectively proclaim and teach the Word of God when we don’t know the language. As missionaries sent out by the local church for the sake of making disciples of all nations we need to be able to say a lot more than just “Jesus loves you”. We need to be able to teach and explain God’s Word. We need to be able to use the Word of God to correct faulted doctrine. We need to teach the Word of God to make disciples. And we can’t do this if we don’t know how to speak their language. So, to anybody that is thinking about full-time foreign missions…please please please devote yourself first to learning the language. Many people ask me if spending a year in Costa Rica at language school was really worth it. I suppose showing these videos will answer that question.
So, the other reason for showing the videos is just so that you as our supporters can see what your support is enabling us to do. God’s Word is being taught. Hearts are being changed for the glory of God. God is raising up people who are hungry to know Him. And we have the awesome and humbling privilege to play a part in His great plan for the nations.
The last reason why I wanted to take the videos (not necessarily post them) was simply to monitor my progress in the language. As any other missionary who is learning the language will tell you…sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad days with regards to the language and the ability to communicate effectively. So, sometimes I really don’t know how I am doing. I’m often hard on myself and always seeing how short I fall in knowing this language. So, in recording this session of our training, I was able to see fairly accurately where I’m at. In many ways, I realize I still have a long ways to go. And I know that it is simply the grace of God that is working in me that enables me to do what He has called me to do. So, as I watch the videos, I cringe and I see so many mistakes. But on the other hand, as I watch the videos I truly realize one thing that I don’t often truly realize…I’m speaking spanish! Seriously, this may sound silly, but because I’m always learning and often struggling through different conversations, its hard to look at myself as one who speaks spanish. But after looking at these videos, though there are several mistakes and some misuses of words, the reality hits me…I really speak spanish!
So…for those of you who are native spanish speakers…go easy on me as you watch the videos. And for the rest of you who don’t speak spanish…well…though it will sound like a bunch of babble…I really am speaking spanish. May God be glorified as we continue to make His name known among the people of Nicaragua. Que la paz de Dios sea contigo. Cuídate mi amigo.
This is just us opening up in prayer. Also, keep in mind that I edited these videos just to show some moments when I was speaking. All of our sessions include back and forth dialogue, but these videos are just clips of me speaking.
This is just me introducing what we will be doing in our upcoming training module.
Talking about the need to be more bold in our proclamation of the Gospel and the dangers of what is commonly known as “Friendship Evangelism” which stresses the idea that you really need to makes friends with a person first before you can be effective in sharing the message of the Gospel.
Talking about the importance of weighing everything up according to God’s Word instead of falling into pragmatism, which is the idea of determining something as valuable only as long as you can see ahead of time that it will produce good results.