Here are a few details of our trip to teach on the NT church in the ministry training program in August. (Coming up in next report, the work details.)
- Each day began with a devotional led by either the program director or one of the students.
- After our breaks, I’d ask male students to lead us in prayer and song. The presence of God livened our hearts.
- On Thursday I taught the students a song I had translated. Vicki pulled out one I had written and we sang it too.
- Vicki made brownies for the students on Thursday afternoon, biscuits on Friday morning. They want me to come back to teach again. Wonder why?
- The school uses our hymnal for their devotionals and other moments, and they bought 10 more, which I delivered em mãos, personally.
- The school’s classroom where I held the intensive course this month (and back in 2010) is air-conditioned. Good, since temps are always high in western Brazil.
- Going through security at both São Paulo and Campo Grande airports, we did not have to remove shoes from feet nor laptops from carry-ons.
- A help-yourself fast-food place, near where we stayed, trusts you to tell the cashier what you ate when you pay as you leave. They’ve been in business for decades.
- Students came from four or five different states to study in the two-year full-time program.
- Vicki mentioned that a highlight for her was meeting Jose and Lourdes Balabuch, he now the evangelist for the Centro congregation, and touching base again with friends Marcelo and Leir Mourão.
We arrived on a Monday and left the following Saturday, so a lot was packed into that space. We were encouraged and hoped we had blessed at least one person, which was our prayer going in.
- Make the teaching attractive (randalmatheny.com)