23 Mar 2016
We started Arequipa English with a bang! Literally! An electrical transformer on the street burst into flames and our street lost electricity. Our evening suddenly became a candlelight affair (plus phones with torches/ flashlights). Tonight was our “Welcome to Peru” night for two new missionaries, Anna and Laura, who will work here in Arequipa - Anna for a year and Laura for two. We enjoyed dancing, local customs and food and traditional music, all by students of Arequipa English. Some of these were a challenge in the dark, especially our cleanup, but we had a team that worked together, despite adversity. What a special night it was! I really wanted to make it special because I remember how special a welcome we had when we came to Peru.
Our English classes have now commenced with an hour of conversation and an hour of Bible study. We had planned to continue studying the book of Acts, but we’ve had an influx of new students. We realised that students can’t understand Acts without an understanding of the Gospel. We had one new student say “I have never read the Bible before” and it was clear he was not alone. Praise God for the opportunity to share the gospel with these students.
Please thank God for Anna who will take over running Arequipa English when we leave with the help of Laura and Jason. Please pray that people will make decisions for Christ and especially for our “regulars" who often know the right answers, but many who haven’t yet committed their life to Jesus. Our aim is that students improve in their English and also that, through reading the Bible, they will clearly understand the Good news of Jesus.