Friday, September 22, 2006
one day in the life of a sower
Last week after the Bible study, I met a man named Ramon. He is the accountant for a chain of bakeries in our city. After my Bible study, I would go there and eat an impanada and drink some orange juice. Although I didn't go to the 6AM Bible study today, I did go to the bakery and worked on memorizing a story for an upcoming camp next week. While I was there, Ramon came in and sat at my table. He had more questions than time to listen. He wanted to know why we were here, where our church was, how long we have been here, and how long we would stay. He wanted to know why we chose Paraguay, what we liked and didn't like about the country.
I have learned that self exposure is a pathway to trust. When we reveal ourselves, the people are more likely to accept us. When Ramon ran out of time, he left and said as he left until next time. It appeared that he was open to a friendship. I told him that my goal was to organize small groups and lead the into a discovery time with the Bible. He said that it would be difficult between now and February because of holidays and vacations. He is not a believer.
After I finished, I spent a large amount of time walking the streets, praying and visiting with a few that I know. I also worked more on the story that I will present at the camp next weekend. The story is long, and the time is short.
I also visited with a couple who just gave birth to another son, then I went to visit with a Christian who needs to follow the Lord in obedience. We talked about not forsaking the gatherings of the saints Heb. 10:25, and also the difference in how we are to have joy instead of strife.
This afternoon, we had a birthday party to attend. We met the couple shortly after our arrival to the country. They have three children, the youngest is three months old. Typically, birthday parties for young children are women's work. So I was the only guy there for most of the party. As darkness settled, some of the fathers/husbands appeared, and I had the opportunity to talk with a relative of the couple. He is frustrated with his church members because they are not reaching the country for Christ. I invited him to start a small group meeting in a home or public place. I anxiously await his answer.
Thanks for taking an interest in my ministry, thoughts and life.
Wade Burleson this morning. I am glad to find your blog. I was a missionary to Uruguay from 1967 to 1980 and was good friends with Gail Joule. Was he still there when you arrived? I will pray that God will open up many new places for you in Paraguay. Dennis Treat in Enid, Oklahoma
I am just a regular guy in Phoenix AZ who desires the same thing you do. I am just beginning the journey. I have learned much, have much yet to learn. From where I am it is a great encouragement to read of a faithful brother about the King business!
Multiplied blessings to you!
Gail was my team leader for my first 6 months or so before he returned to the states. He's a good man. Thanks for praying for us.
thank you both for the prayers and best wishes. Darrell, in so many ways I feel that although I have been here 4 years, there is so much to learn about the people, the culture and my work. I'm so glad, because I am a pioneer. -smile-.