Our church is located near the city square of Tiabaya, a semirural community. On some Sunday nights we have to compete with the noise of election campaigns or fiestas put on by the municipality. Last night there was a party in the lot next to the church with lots of bright lights and lots of people out on the sidewalk. Thankfully, they weren't particularly loud. Ben had to turn up the volume of our music a little bit to keep the song leader from getting out of sync with the music and we could hear our special guest from Chile without much difficulty. During the sermon the noise suddenly crescendoed and one could hear a lot of excited people. I turned to Paul and said, "They're having a cock fight!" After church, the boys and I walked over and looked in and saw a well-lit cock-fighting ring and men walking around carrying either a rooster or a beer (sorry the picture doesn't show much). I went back and excitely reported to the pastor my freshly-hatched plan for an evangelistic event: A cock fight! He correctly assumed that I was joking, though it does make me wonder what kind of event we could put on to attract people in the neighborhood to come through the doors of the church.
For the chicken lovers out there, Paul stayed and watch a fight and reported that it wasn't the type where they attach razor-blades to the spurs of the roosters and they kill each other, but rather the roosters crashed into each other until the loser cowered on the edge and his owner plucked him from the ring.
Pray that our church can get these neighbors to attend our church services and make decisions to follow Jesus.