Several months ago a neighborhood lady mentioned to us that we could use the small community center in the area for our church ministries. She is not a Christian, but she was interested in what we are doing in the community. Today we conducted a children's club in the center. We arrived and started with no prior promotion of the club. With the help of our visiting team we conducted a program for the 35 children that came. We were especially blessed that a good number of the parents came over to see what we were doing. Before we were finished several people asked us to please come back and begin holding clubs every week. We will definetly be taking advantage of these opportunities in the days ahead. About 25 of the children present were first-timers for our ministry. If we can begin to draw these youngsters to our church we will be at full capacity! Even though this center is located only a five minute walk from the church, most of these children have never visited with us before.
Our afternoon children's outreach was followed by our regular Saturday evening youth meeting. We had a good number of young people. They were happy to play games with the group, listen to translated testimonies, and make a craft. The highlight of the evening was when they watched a chalk-art demonstration by one of the men in the group. He drew a picture of the story of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus. Of course the teens once again heard a clear presentation of the Gospel.
We are again impressed with the attention that a visiting team can attract. It is amazing that even with the language barrier God allows the visitors to minister and work for Him. Continue to pray for our group this week as they work hard promoting the work!