As I prepare for each lesson daily, I pray that God speaks through me and says to each child what he or she needs to hear. Each day that passes, I get closer to leaving. This makes me work harder because I want to make the most of my experience.
When I got here, I told each child that we were going to be learning a verse from the Bible each week. I told them it would be a total of 11 verses. They all looked at me and said, “Miss that is too much! I will never be able to memorize so much!” I told them, “I know you all are capable of doing so! Do not complain, just do it! How do you eat an elephant? You eat it one bite at a time. Just do your work and trust in God that he is going to give you the capability.” They all laughed.
With that, I promised every boy who could tell me the 11 verses would get a remote control car and each girl would get a princess Barbie doll. At the mention of gifts I saw their confidence build up quick. I heard a couple of them saying “I’m going to do it! I know I can!”
Each Monday I gave them a Bible verse. Before leaving class, we would repeat it over and over. We had one verse down, then five verses, and then 10. You should have seen their faces after memorizing 10 verses! They were jumping up and down saying, “We just need one more Bible verse!” Others were telling me that by the end of the following week they would tell me all the Bible verses.
The children were given their last memory verse this Monday. The class was not even over and already I had a line of children waiting to tell me all 11 Bible verses! At the end of that day, eight children had already told me their Bible verses. I was seeing some practice and others were helping their friends memorize the Bible verses. It was beautiful. Of my 20 children, 13 have already told me their Bible verses.
Their deadline is in two weeks. I am sure even more are going to tell me their Bible verses! It took one girl three times to finally tell me all of them. She nearly cried when she would mess up, but when she completed all of them, her face lit up. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the face of each child after they have told me their last Bible verse.
I know that most of the children are just memorizing the verses to get the gift. They do not know they are actually getting something much more rewarding than anything they could ever imagine. They are getting Words of life! I pray that, in time, God inscribes those verses in their hearts and brings light into their life. God has a purpose for all, and it is no coincidence he has placed me in the lives of these children. I know they are sure impacting mine.
By: Janet Ruiz
University of Texas- Pan American, serving in Peru with Go Now Missions
SIBASA, South Africa – “I believe that when biblical principles are put into practice then the biblical results can be expected,” said Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lewisville. “We are mandated by Christ to go and make disciples; if we do our part, Christ is faithful to do His part.”
In February 2013, Fields and his congregation at New Beginnings Church were blessed to partake in a mission trip to Sibasa, South Africa. During their stay, they were able to evangelize to all walks of society; senior citizens, youth and children encountered the love of Christ and Field’s team shared about salvation with all.
“We walked the same roads every day and we made it a point to talk to everyone that we saw and let them hear the word of Christ,” said Adrianne Blue, member of New Beginnings Church.
The Lord allowed Fields and his team the true blessing of seeing 6,080 people accept Christ by grace and faith while in South Africa.
“It was an experience that I shall never forget and one that I wish every believer could experience,” said Fields. “To be able to see heaven enlarged right before your eyes is an incredible experience.”
An ordinary day on the trip consisted of a daily devotional and breakfast, and by 8:00 a.m. they were hitting the road headed from village to village, in schools and markets, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It was a rewarding experience to have encounters with so many different people not only telling them about Jesus, but also teaching them how to evangelize,” said Blue.
They stayed in the field until noon every day, at which time they broke for lunch and prayer, but once the last bite was eaten, the team was back in the field winning more souls for the kingdom. Come evening time, the group would host a worship service where the locals could come and experience how to worship Christ. Charlie Singleton, director of African American Ministries, brought the message during the commissioning services and participated in the sending forth ceremonies each night.
The group arrived at a home in the village and knocked on the door. The mother answered the door and welcomed them into her home. Once Fields told her that they were there to share the gospel, she immediately began to outwardly display a feeling of great delight and relief.
“It was as if they had been waiting for someone to come and share the gospel with them,” said Fields.
The mother asked the group if they would wait while she went to get her husband and daughter so they could hear the good news as well. When she returned, she had her entire family with her and they received the gospel with great joy. After Joe prayed the prayer of salvation, the daughter, who was carrying her infant daughter in her arms, asked if the team would pray for her baby to be healed from sickness, so they did. Later that night at the revival meeting, the family was seen rejoicing after becoming disciples of Christ.
“I will forever be thankful to God for allowing me to personally experience such an awesome event,” said Fields.
Since the trip, New Beginnings Church in Lewisville has a new excitement running through its congregation; they are more eager to win their local community with the same biblical methods of sharing the gospel they were able to use abroad.
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