Last night at Emanuel Bible Church of Zarate I met with the church leaders to share with them and encourage them. Teaching—not preaching—from Mark 16:15, we discussed what it meant to “Go”, where our “Jerusalem” is, and what we are supposed to do when we go. Following the teaching, we had an open forum where the leaders could ask questions about anything on their hearts. There were great questions, ranging from, “Why are we timid about sharing the gospel,” to “How do I know if I’m serving where I’m supposed to be serving?” I did my best, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, to answer their questions with scripture references, and it seemed to go well.
But the highlight of the evening was at the end. With around 60 people—all active in ministry—you wouldn’t think that a salvation altar call would be the norm. But I posed the question, “How many of you are not sure if you died now you’d go to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus?” And about 25 people responded, including my Peruvian granddaughter, Maria Angelica! Though she had asked Jesus into her heart about three years ago (she’s 12 now), she didn’t know for sure if she was born again. What a privilege it was to share with her the scriptures of salvation assurance, and lead her and the others in a prayer of salvation acknowledgement based on Romans 10:9, 10.
Tonight I will teach a Bible study at the Evangelical Church of Christ in San Martin, and then go to the airport for the trip home. I’ve closed my trips at the San Martin church on every trip for the last ten years. Being close to the airport, it works out well. And it’s a special time because it gives me an opportunity to bid farewell to all my family and friends in that church.
How can I say “Thank you” enough? It’s been a great time of ministry in Trujillo and Lima, and without your prayers and support it could not have happened. Our next trip is in October. As you consider being a part of this ministry, perhaps soon you can come with us!