Monday, July 24, 2006

Our Daily Schedule:Sat. Mon-Fri.

Our daily schedule can be so busy that it is hard to find in "blogging time!" It is siesta time now, so I thought we should try to give an idea of what our days are like.

6:30-8:00 Wake-up and personal devotions
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Team Devotions (Led by Pastor Ken, translated by Pastor Rich for those of the church here who are attending. We are studying in Acts.)
10:00-12:30 Inviting (Team and church members from here, namely Martin and his son Gorge, and sometimes some others, go door to door with a tract and an invitation to an evening Kid's Club and program. We will be doing this in six different neighbourhoods, D.V. We have already posted pictures of Saturday's program. We split up into groups of two or three, the non-Spanish speakers being accompanied with a Spanish speaker.)
12:30-1:00 Singing (We use this time to practice the songs we will sing for the evening program. They are Scriptural medleys that accompany a gospel message given by Pastor Harry. It is a challenge to pronounce the words correctly, but everyone is doing very well. On Sunday we all sang after church and it sounded great. Kristen and Michelle accompany us.
1:00-2:00 Lunch ( A great time of fellowship and good healthy home cooked meals! Today was tomato chicken and rice:) )
2:00-4:00 Siesta and Prep. for program. (Everything in Mexico shuts down for two hours in the heat of the day. So we do likewise. Today some of us went downtown to do a little exploring.)
4:00-4:30 Pack-up ( There are a lot of things to load up for our programs: converters, electrical cords, piano, colouring pages, music sheets, craft supplies, chairs, benches. And don't forget the little things like clothespins to keep the piano music from flying!!)
4:30 - 8:30 Program ( This is the climax of the day. The young people play games, mostly soccer, with the kids as some of the rest of us go inviting again. When we have atracted enough attention then we sit the children down and begin singing and teaching them children's songs. Then we divide up into classes and teach the Bible lesson of Zaccheus from Luke 19. Afterwards the little children colour a picture, and the older ones lesson to a gospel lesson by Pastor Rich. He uses the beads of a bracelet, black for sin, red for the blood of Christ, white for being washed clean, green for growth in the faith, and gold for our hope of heaven. The children love making the bracelets and quickly learn their meaning. After this Pastor Harry gives a gospel message and the group sings.
Saturday was our first program, right in front of a Catholic church. The priest stood in the doorway, and this seemed to intimidate people from this area from coming out. Many public squares have Catholic churches nearby. Thus the group was small, but we were all pleasantly suprised to have one lady and her three grandchildren who were there also attend our church service Sunday morning. We have also received one phone call in response to our tract distribution. So we are reminded that we must sow the seed and the Lord will take care of the increase.


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