Today we are teaching our 2nd to last lesson.
Four of the teachers are tutoring for an hour
each day. We have been writing journals to
reach a personal relationship with our students.
Some of our students have told us that they
do not believe in God. Please pray that we
can reach them through the journals.
We also had 1 teacher, Ann, share her
story/testimony with the students.
Please pray that we reach the students hearts.
Some start the day by hiking up hill to the local castle while other more reasonable souls stayed in bed. Our official day starts with team devotions and announcements. Remember the old camp song “Announcements, announcements, announcements—a terrible death to talk to death a terrible death to die!” (Click on Pic to Enlarge!)
The remaining morning hours are for preparation and journaling. Each student writes a journal entry and a team member personally responds. “But I don’t speak Spanish and certainly not Catalan,” one team member wailed. And lo, Ruth appears to translate journal entries of beginning students from Catalan to English. Ruth is a resident missionary who speaks English, Spanish and Catalan. We all adore her.
The best part of lunch at a local cafe was crème brulee. A truly great custom, this leisurely lunch, but what happened to siesta?
Some tutor students while others prepare for future events. Great relationships in the making.
Dinner comes in great style sometimes American and sometimes Catalan.
Students arrive at 7PM greeted with joy then lessons proceed with English grammar, reading and live theater. Mystery on Elm Street. Who stole the candlestick? The official day ends with a birthday party for a team member. Celebrated with chocolate and pastries.
The day may be done, but who sleeps? Not this one.
We are so fortunate to have Jordi & Ruth Torres as our ministry leaders here in Banyoles. They help us in many ways and are now helping us translate the beginners journal which enables us to share the gospel with beginner students. Pray that these students hearts are open to Jesus Christ.
Our first night of classes went very well! Our students were great and we enjoyed meeting them all. They made some funny observations about our different accents. The skit for group time is a mystery story that will continue throughout the week. Some of our team members even made their acting debuts! Overall, it was a great day! Two participants in the skit - a mystery story written by the Pastor's Wife - on the left is their son who played the part of a police officer with his uncle Tim who was visiting from Liberia where he is a Professor of History.
In the center of the picture is a visiting actress
(wearing a hat) from Hollywood! To her immediate
left is Larry - GEM missionary who plays the villain
(indicated by wording on his t-shirt)! Click on Pic for Enlargement!
Our day started off with a team devotional
in Nehemiah, led by Sue. We talked about
how Nehemiah's heart was broken for the
people around him and how he dealt with
opposition to his mission to build the wall.
He knew that God would fight on their behalf,
but he also made sure his people were armed.
We related this to our mission here and the
spiritual armor described in Ephesians.
Immediately after this devotional, Jordi and Ruth,
the missionaries here, told us all about their back-
ground with this church and about the Catalan
Culture. We quickly found that our devotional
was quite relevant. They explained to us that
there is a lot of witchcraft and demonic/satanic
worship in this area. In fact, the "mascot" for
Catalunia is a witch. We would love for you to
be praying against the darkness here! We also
learned that the Catholic culture is prevalent
but few are actual practicing Catholics.
Additionally, there are many Muslims here.
After our night of needed sleep, we enjoyed
our first church service at Centre Cristia FEAM.
The guess speaker from Germany spoke in English
just for us, which we appreciated.
He taught from 2 Samuel 7:1-17.
We learned about having a house
versus having a home & where does
After that we had a nice Chinese lunch, yes we are
in Spain. Then we all enjoyed Gelats for dessert!
Now we are finishing the day with a prayer walk
for the Catalans & the town, and preparing our
lessons for tomorrow.