Well this week was busy but very exciting! I got to start all my new ESL classes, which I teach six times during the week to people from Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Congo, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Burma. Thank you for praying for relationship building; I’ve had some wonderful times of fellowship, especially with some of the other leaders, Jayne and Tara, and with my housemates.
My students seem to be warming up pretty fast to me, and they tell me that the lessons are helpful. On Thursday night, one student said, “I think we are on to something very good here.” As far as encouragement goes, I think I am the one who has been encouraged. I’ve been especially blessed by the stories that my students tell in class as we study the Bible together. They just love to share what God has done for them, how faithful and good he is. I’m praying that people who do not know the Lord will come to class and hear these powerful testimonies and be drawn to this God who is so personal and loving.
I learned this week that there are some teenagers from Burma and Somolia who are struggling with a lot of challenges at home and school. I’ve met one 14-year-old girl from Burma named Sannu, who is a new Christian. She is coming over to have lunch with me tomorrow. I think we may start some summer tutoring and mentoring with prayer and Bible study.
This week please pray:
· that some non-believers will come to class and hear the gospel, not just from me but from their peers. There are many Muslim women who come on Tuesdays to women’s club, but do not come to the Bible story time yet.
· for Sannu, as she wants to grow in her faith and her understanding of the Bible, that I will be a good friend and a help to her.
· that I will use my time wisely, so I have time to plan lessons, build relationships, and get plenty of sleep.
Thank you for your prayers! It is so exciting to partner with you in this work!