The last month in El Salvador has been both full and fruitful.
Here are some of my highlights:
Over this last month I have gotten to see each of my students personally lead someone to a relationship with Christ. This is an amazing privilege for me, as it is one of my goals that each student would walk away from outreach feeling equipped and passionate to continue evangelising wherever they are. We have seen 26 salvations and many people rededicating their lives to God.
One of my students was in my group for evangelism one of the first days here in El Salvador. We were approaching a house and I said to her, “So, you can talk to this family, right?” She nervously agreed and then proceeded to do an awesome job sharing her testimony. “What now?” She whispered to me. “Gospel, gospel!” I chanted at the back. She shared the gospel with the man, who then indicated he wanted to receive Christ. I walked my student through each step until we left the man with all the information he needed for his new life with Christ. My student was radiant with having led someone to a relationship with God for the first time, and since then she has led several others into a relationship with God on her own. That is one of my favourite parts of what I do, it’s so easy to encourage these amazing young people, and it makes all the difference in their lives!
Praying with team members and contacts for people on the streets of San Salvador
Most of you know that I love evangelism and I think I mention in every blog how seeing people saved is one of my greatest joys! A few days ago, we were at a church in a village where I met a 14 year old girl named Marcela. She and I started talking about everything I knew how to say in Spanish, favourite sports, bible verses and foods…and so on. Then I asked about her family and she said she is the only Christian. I really felt to pray for her but I also I felt that God wanted us to go share the gospel with her family. So, throughout the day we were very busy but I kept feeling God prompt me to go talk with her family so I just kept bugging our contacts until they took us to her house. Her mother, father and two siblings were all there. I shared my testimony and the gospel with them and the father and brother both wanted to accept God. So, we began to pray for them. As we did, two of my students began to tell their testimonies and words of knowledge from God with the mother and sister and then they also accepted God! It was an amazing day to not only see these 4 people enter Gods kingdom, but also to be able to rejoice with my new friend!
Hanging out with little kids in a village with a long skirt and bun- I am definitely a missionary!
One of my students really struggled with believing she was capable in ministry. The first time I asked her to speak publicly, she gave about a 30second testimony before ducking out and considering her attempt a “failure”. As we worked through why she believed herself to be less capable than other students, many false beliefs about herself and God came to light. As I encouraged her, she told me she wanted to try again. Since then, she has given several testimonies and two sermons. She confessed to me a few days ago, ” I love preaching!” I am so proud of her that she has conquered the comparing spirit and simply allowed God to work through her.
My student preaching for the first time!
Another student very recently became a Christian. He had never read his Bible. Over outreach, I have my students reading Mark, Acts and Romans and we do a Bible study on it each week. Over the last month, He has gotten so interested in the Bible and it has been amazing to watch Him rave about stories in the Bible that have gotten “old” for many of us.
We have also gotten to see many healings, especially of a mosquito bourne disease called Chikungunya. It causes people to have swollen, sore joints, so that they have difficulty moving. One lady we met had not been able to work in 3 months because of the disease. We prayed that God would heal her and before our eyes she started moving and bending her wrists, knees, and elbows without pain!! She was so joyful and it grew our faith so much that we started praying for everyone with Chikungunya and have seen 2 more people healed of that disease this week.
I have also loved getting to grow in my leadership. It is hard sometimes, but God has given me so much grace and wisdom in all situations we have faced! I am so thankful for every opportunity He has given me to lead and challenge my students, as well as minister to the people of El Salvador!
The team at the top of a volcano! Natalie, Elijah, Andrew, Me, Luke, Hanna, Hayden and Kaylea.