Mission update- The McManus's
January 28, 2011
- Our Sunday house church continues to keep us busy. We typically have a meal together and fellowship after the mid-morning teaching. I'm enjoying our continued study of Romans with the adults. This Sunday will be our third and final week in chapter 8. It is a challenging section of Scripture to teach, as will be the next three chapters. I've learned a great deal over the years from a number of good pastors/teachers and commentaries on this book of Romans, so I'm not totally overwhelmed by it. I could probably go several more weeks in chapter 8 but this is supposed to be an overview study, and I've tried to teach the past few chapters in only one week each. Of course, without the constraints of a formal church, I've taught for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours most weeks! (I know there probably are some jealous pastors out there who'd like to be able to preach for 2 hours and get away with it! ha-ha!) Pray for our Sunday study guests: Jason, Kristin, Justin, Jenny, Ivan, Chloe, Isaac, Francisco, and Frank.
- With our co-worker who directs the community center not returning until mid-March, I haven't been dealing with teaching English or being involved over there on the other side of town. That has left my schedule a little lighter than normal, but I'm enjoying more time for Bible study and for working with Cameron and Dayton in their homeschool English classes that I cover with them. I decided to read through the Bible in 2011 and at the last moment, I expanded that plan to include reading each day's passages out loud to Cameron and Dayton. We're enjoying it and having them included has given the reading a twist as I usually try to explain things and answer questions. Don't know why we haven't done this before! Pray for wisdom in the development of new programs at the community center this spring.
- Jason and I continue our Tuesday night Bible study covering whatever he's reading during the week. He completed reading the NT in the fall and is reading his way through the OT. A week ago he was about 10 chapters away from finishing Judges and this week he was one chapter shy of finishing 1 Samuel, so he's making good progress! Beth and Kristin meet together on Thursday mornings and go out for breakfast and their Bible study. That seems to be the best way for them to get alone and there are a couple of inexpensive cafés in the neighborhood. It's a nice treat for Kristin too. Pray for Jason and Kristin to continue growing in the Lord.
- Finally, we enjoyed an invitation to participate in an evangelistic outreach to a small indigenous tribe, the Chichimeca, on the "Day of the Kings" (January 6). There were puppets, mimes, skits, music, video, and over a thousand shoe boxes of little gifts given to the children...wow...over 1,000 children! David and Christine had significant parts in the Throughout it all, the Gospel was presented and many spiritual seeds were planted. Pray that the full-time Mexican minister will see much fruit from the seeds planted that day.