Hi everyone...things continue to be going well here. We are gearing up for our Circuit Assembly in 2 weeks! Always a special treat, and we have the visit of our CO at the end of the month...lots of spiritual activities to rejuvenate us!
So yesterday we were working in a territory that we work pretty often. But there has always been a gated entrance that we have always just knocked on the gate and nobody has ever come out. Since the last time we worked it, I was given a bible study who lives in there. It turns out that there are some small rooms that they rent out (it is pretty poor), they have a room they rent, and they share a bathroom and kitchen...anyway, because I now have a study in there and know someone, I decided we could go in and try to knock on some of the other doors. When we got back there, there were about 4 people outside doing various things, but all relatively near each other. So, I of course, with my fear of preaching to a group, was a little nervous. But....what else could I do?
CHICKEN OUT! So, thinking that I would get an automatic "no" and I could get out of there faster, I decided to offer the first girl a bible study directly....and "serves me right"...she surprisingly says, "Yes, I would like to study the Bible with you!" and accepts the Bible Teach Book, so we talked for a while and made arrangements to continue the study the next week! Then, I ran into my bible student, she was really nice, and we confirmed our study for Friday! Then, I knock on the next door...she is already studying the Bible, and very nice! So, now I am on a roll and ready to keep going. So we run into another lady coming out of her door. I thought, "well, why not?" and I offer her a Bible study and show her the book...SHE ACCEPTS ALSO! I almost fainted...the bad news is that she was here visiting only for this week and next week she is going back to the coast. But, we made arrangements for me to go back on Friday, and at least get the study started and show her how to use the book and then she will look for the Witnesses when she gets home! I just couldn't believe it! The preaching just gets better and better...and just so happens that my new bible student picked a day that I had a slot open for a study!
I just keep thinking about all of these people that want to learn the truth here. When the magazines tell us that there are still people out there, I used to think, "Well, there can't be that many", because I was preaching in English in the USA...no offense to all of you hard working pioneers there ( I know you are working your little hearts out) ...but to be here and actually see it in action really makes you appreciate the patience of Jehovah in allowing these wonderful people time to learn about Him. Well, enough of my preaching...it is just such a cool feeling to be here! Are you all sure you don't want to come on down? hahahahaha