God is SO GOOD!
Do you know that Ester and I are now discipling three groups of people from Sonia's family? It truly took us forever to get this cell group off the ground, but with just our cell group(s), we already have a church of nine people!
(And we're not even in Cusco yet!)
And Wednesday night at our cell group, which is over an hour away from where we live, we had two new adults and one new kid there!
We went to the market last week and spoke with Sonia's older sister, Rosa, to invite her and her kids to the cell group in her parents house, and she said she would come, and she did!
And we were surprised when we arrived to find Sonia's younger brother, Milton, at home. So we got to talk to him before everyone else got there, and he was full of doubts about us and questions for us. He is a university student studying psychology, and you can definitely tell by all his questions!
We also waited a little while for Sonia's older brother, Rubén, whom we met last week at the end of our cell group and invited to come this week. He didn't get away from work in time to come this week, but we're hoping to see him next week.
So our lesson this week was about repentance, and we got to share about the amazing love of God and how he wants to save us from our sins, and all we have to do is ask.
And at the end, when Ester invited them to pray, Milton, Rosa, and her son José prayed to invite Jesus Christ into their hearts for the first time!!!
How great is our God!
Ester and I were so overwhelmed when we left that we got on our bus back to Zamacola (where we live) and started praying out loud right there in the bus!
We have been getting attacked really badly here, with health problems, with problems in the church, with things going on at home, with different group dynamics, honestly so many different things. But look how faithful God is! He is using us, not because we are really super evangelists, or good at anything really, but for HIS glory.
All glory to God!
There is a verse that keeps coming up for Ester and I. It was in her devotional on Wednesday before we went to the cell group, and we read it again after we prayed on the bus, and we read it again in class on Thursday morning.
Acts 5:38-39 says, "Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."
In our case, it should say, "I advise you, leave these women alone. For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these women; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."
And in spite of everything that is happening in our lives, the things trying to stop us, the people and circumstances trying to hold us back, and the enemy who doesn't want us to continue, we know that the things we are doing our not of ourselves; they are from God, so nothing will stop his work through us!
Once again, I HAVE to say, all glory to God!