Friday, October 06, 2006

 

New outreach group

Today I sat in the small house with a window behind my head. The man of the house sat in a chair in front of me looking out the window as we visited. I had only been there long enough to exchange greetings when he quickly interrupted me, and ran outside. I turned and looked out the window to see the lady's mother sitting in the patio crying, beating her chest and she had the phone to her ear.

As I went into the house, she told me that she did not feel well because of her high blood pressure. My friend took the phone, and she told us about three children whose parents were in Spain working. They had been left with family members, and someone had kidnapped a thirteen year old boy. While my friend talked on the phone, a neighbor comforted the lady, and the lady of the house came home. He finished his phone conversation. He and his family got into my car and we drove off to the home where the children were. The lady in my car was very upset, and constantly using the name of our Lord in vain. I asked permission to pray and they got quiet. I prayed for his protection, and quick return.

When we arrived at the house, the oldest boy in the family, who appeared to be about 14 years old, began to explain the events that had happened, how this lady came, said that she knew their mother, called them by name and even knew that their mother had given two of the children a new cell phone. She asked for the phones and the chargers, they gave them to her. She asked them to remove the chip from one, they did. She then asked them for money, and they gave her some. I asked if she had a gun, they responded no she did not. She asked a 13 year old son, whose parents are in Spain working to walk her to the bus stop, he did, and then the boy came back. The boy was not kidnapped. I was relieved. That happens a lot here.

The lady told an older adult lady there that we were going to start having prayer in her home once a week. We had talked about my coming regularly to host a new outreach group in their home. The woman was interested.

When we arrived at their home, the older lady told me that her blood pressure had spiked earlier that morning and how her neighbor just came by to visit, by chance. I told them that I would like to read them something that was meaningful to me when I was in the military. I am a Christian, and often, I was the not-so funny end of the joke. I read Psalm 27, and explained that all I have belongs to God. Then I told them that I do not believe in "by chance". They thought that the neighbor came by chance, and that I had visited by chance. Today is Friday. I usually visit this family on Thursday, and yet I was there today, Friday.

I explained that because I was there, I was able to meet all these people, and that I would like to start with the Bible stories. Then I asked, when we could begin. They responded Friday of next week at 6:30. So, Friday, 13 October at 6:30 I will start another new outreach group.

This couple is not married, but they have been together 5 years, and have children together. The man decided to leave her a few months ago, but went into deep depression, started drinking and smoking again. His boy began to have serious emotional problems, so they decided that they need to be together. I have tried to stay neutral with them because I want the decision to be theirs whether they marry or separate. I believe that they will marry with time. If you recognize Jesus as your owner, please pray for them. Derlis and Marta are their names.

Comments:
Wow, what a story! What you share is the "real deal" of what it is like out there in the world. That is the world Jesus sent us into to be his witnesses. Keep on keeping on...
 
Thanks Guy for the encouragement.
 
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