I was just looking through all the pictures I took over the past week and if I were to judge the entire week based off of these photos, I would only say that it was...interesting?
For one thing, the guys and I went to the local performing arts theater to watch one of our English students in her dance recital...
|A manly way to spend your Friday night.|
|It had to be photographed as it will probably never happen again.|
|We at least had it to ourselves for the first ten minutes of the movie.|
|"Aren't you guys wondering why we never drive this thing through town during the|
day - you know, like, when it's actually hot?"
Okay, on with the rest of the week...
|Ending a hot morning with cake & coffee.|
|Studying with Edwin.|
Also, it was cool enough
that I lasted a full hour
without rolling up my sleeves!
On Wednesday morning, nobody showed up to the group, probably because it looked like it was going to rain. However, it actually worked out very well for us. The three of us were able to go do some of our studies to fill up the morning, and it went great. I had my study with Edwin, and we switched things up by beginning the lesson in the Good News brochure about how to recognize the true religion. That really captured his attention. I'm hoping it will motivate him to make it to one of the meetings. He says his goal is to come to the meeting the week that my parents visit, which is this Saturday, as it turns out!
Renee went away for a couple weeks (Did I mention that she joined me in La Norte? Well, she did, and it's been good helping each other out once again!), and Bree covered one of her Bible studies in the meantime, Claudia. She works in Parque Central, but she always puts everything aside so that she can study. She's also been prepared for every study and looked up the scriptures ahead of time! Bree also does a great job of conducting.
|As you can see, Ben has all the essential supplies for a study here: publications, sweat rag, and a bottle of 7-up.|
|"Do you realize how selfish I look sitting in this|
chair while you just stand? You so did this on purpose."
Friday morning was also very encouraging. Ben & I started a study with a woman on the first call using the "Why Study the Bible?" video. Her aunt and her grandmother are Witnesses, and she said she'd always been curious. We placed the Good News brochure with her and briefly demonstrated a study. She said she'd love to continue on with it, and once again, we told her we would bring Bree with us next week so that she could! Sidenote: Ben also started a study on the first call the same morning with a very interested guy.
|Showing the video...and not really knowing what to do with my left hand.|
|The view while crossing the bridge into town.|
I was doing calls with Erling later that morning, and he was commenting on how he's noticed the overall boost of encouragement the congregation has had as a result of us being here. He noted how people stay after the meetings to associate much more now and how ministry support has also improved. I'm not mentioning that to pat ourselves on the back, but rather to show how bittersweet it is to hear things like that. It feels really good knowing that you've been a help. I feel very much attached to this congregation already. However, the hard part is hearing those words and knowing that you won't be able to stay forever. Even just going back to the States for a few months is hard when you know it's such a substantial amount of time. But we're definitely making the most of our time here until then, and I can honestly say that my joy is being renewed day by day!
Oh, and pictures like this one also renew my joy...
Is it because one of these things is clearly different from everything else? Is it because Ben is being heavily stared at by the woman on the right? Is it because he's turning into a full-on clone of our Dad? I can't decide.