Vacation Bible School

This past week I had the privilege of co-teaching a fourth grade boys class at Vision’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). I can’t begin to describe how much fun I had over the course of the week as I had multiple opportunities to share the gospel with the boys, many of whom have never heard the gospel.

On Wednesday, I was given the opportunity to go out into the community and invite kids to come to VBS. Many were excited to come, and we arranged for me and a friend to pick them up and bring them. As I was driving them to church, I asked them what they knew about Jesus. They gave various vague answers, and it was obvious that they didn’t understand the gospel. Being Hispanic, they come from a Catholic background and have a distorted view of who Christ is. Over the next fifteen minute van ride to church, the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to tell them the story of the Savior! They were extremely interested and I let them know that they would be able to hear more during the VBS lessons. That night when I was taking them home, I asked if they had a church home. They shared that they didn’t, but would like to come to Vision. I told them about children’s church and arranged to pick some of them up for church on Sunday. I have invited their parents to join Vision’s Spanish Ministry and hope that they will come soon to hear the gospel as well.

Please pray for these kids. It is my desire to have an ongoing relationship with them that allows me to have frequent opportunities to share the gospel with them and their families. Some of them came with me to church Sunday, but their parents didn’t come. Pray that the Lord would give me more opportunities to minister to their parents as well.

Weekly Devotion Romans 10:13-15

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”

Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved! But the only way for them to do that is by hearing the word of God (10:17), and the only way for them to hear is for someone with the message to be sent.

Lord, thank you for giving me the message of Your gospel. Send me out into the world as a witness of what Jesus Christ has done for sinners so that many souls may call upon Your name and be saved.

Abraham and the Lamb of God

I have recently been volunteering in the English as a Second Language (ESL) ministry at Vision Baptist Church. Having spent time in China as an ESL teacher, this ministry is a great way for me to plug in to the ministries of our church to the internationals in our community. 

Last week, a new student joined my class. He is a Turkish man that recently arrived in the U.S. for work. As I began teaching, my young son Abraham, who is just beginning to walk, walked over and grabbed my chair.

“Abraham,” I said. “Daddy can’t play with you right now. He’s busy.”

The Turkish man’s face lit up with interest. “Your son – his name is Abraham?” He proceeded to tell me how he knows the story from the Koran which tells how God told Abraham to kill his son, Ishmael. But, before Abraham killed him, the Lord provided a ram to die in place of Abraham’s son.

I immediately remembered that I had heard from some Muslim friends in China the same story. You see, while the Bible teaches that God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, the Koran says that God told him to sacrifice Ishmael. Though my new Turkish friend had the sons of Abraham confused because of his Muslim faith, he had accidentally given me the perfect illustration to share the gospel with him!

Excited, I sprang on the opportunity and proceeded to share the gospel of the Lamb of God with him and the other student in the class. I shared with them that just like God gave a ram to Abraham to take the place of Isaac, so He gave sinners His Son, Jesus Christ, to take our place and die for our sins!

Would you join me in praying for my new Turkish friend? Please pray that he would continue to come to the ESL class and that he would continue to be open to the gospel. Pray that I would have more opportunities to share and that he would trust in Jesus and be saved!