Sometimes months can go by and nothing seems to happen on the mission field; you do what you are supposed to be doing, faithfully going to church, visiting, inviting people--but not much fruit to show for your labor. You may even begin to wonder if anyone is being helped by all your effort. Then every once in a while the Lord gives you a boost to spur you on, or just enough encouragement to help you press on in the battle.
Recently, the Lord gave such encouragement in the form of two young women. One, named Vanesa, visited our church a few months back and responded to the invitation afterwards to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour, literally weeping at the end of the service. She kind of disappeared for a few months, but recently returned, and we have been discipling her, and last evening Doug had the privilege of baptizing her in the Atlantic ocean. She is excited about what the Lord is doing in her life.
Also this month, we had a young woman, Maria Jose, visit our services a few times, and she expressed an interest to study the Bible with Doug and I, so we went to her home last week and opened up the scriptures. She also had been reading some things on the internet about salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and took nearly every piece of literature we had on our table at church and devoured it. Today she came to church and gave a testimony about how the Lord has changed her life, and wants to be obedient to the Lord in believer's baptism.
Doug and our German missionary friend Rudy were visiting on the south side of the island, in a city called San Isidro, and were leaving John and Roman's in a neighborhood as well as knocking on doors. A few weeks later Doug received a phone call from a couple who are already believers, but don't have a church to attend. We told them about our church in Santa Cruz, but it is a little bit far for them to come, so for now we are driving there on Friday nights and giving a Bible study in their home. It has been a lot of fun to find a mature couple in Christ with whom we can have fellowship, and they also have two little girls that Rebekah and Leanna can play with.
Praise the Lord for His blessings!