What do a ladies’ meeting, a health center, a camp, and a soccer tournament have in common? They’re all things we’ve mentioned over the past few months. If you want to know the rest of these stories, read on:
Remember our ladies’ meeting in May that never happened because nobody came? Well,
we tried again in June. Four ladies came, all of whom are saved. Our speaker gave a great message on Psalm 1, challenging us as believers, and reminding us of the plight of unbelievers. Thanks to our family and churches who sent materials, we made cards to encourage others, and had a special time of prayer for our unsaved friends and the people of our town.
My friend from the health center ended up being in the hospital for a week. Through visiting her, I got to meet her unsaved boyfriend and talk with him about religion. They have both promised to visit our Bible study.
The security guard I met at the health center turned out to be a Baptist! He lives in a town nearby and attends a church in another town. It was encouraging to meet another Christian, and we will help him with his English as he prepares for an upcoming exam.
Bible camp went very well last week. Over 20 kids attended, almost all of whom are unchurched. For many, it was the first time they had heard ANY Bible stories or teaching. Although none of the kids got saved this year, several returned who had been saved last year, and some of them asked for prayers for courage as they go back home to unsaved family and friends.
On a sad note, Portugal lost to rival Spain in the semifinals of the Euro Cup. We played our hearts out, and the game went all the way to penalty kicks. Spain went on to easily win the final over Italy. Once again, Portugal lives in the shadow of its more famous and larger neighbor.