On Monday morning we hosted some of the guys and leaders from Torre Fuerte for breakfast. After Charlie led us through a morning devotional, we fueled up on pancakes and fresh fruit that Betty made combined with with gallo pinto that Mario brought for us.
Then we all piled up into the back of a pickup truck and headed to El Fortin, a rural neighborhood where pastor Manfredo leads a newly established church. He hosts weekly church services and several feeding and educational programs for the children there but not many adults are involved.
So our mission today was to introduce ourselves and invite the adults to an informal gathering we’ll be hosting on Saturday afternoon. We broke up into three groups, with some Nica translators and gringos in each group. One of the best moments was after one of the groups invited a family out and prayed for their family and said goodbye, the grandmother stopped them and told them she wanted to accept Jesus into her life. So they led her through a prayer to give her life to Jesus and explained how the Bible tells us that a multitude of angels are rejoicing in heaven with us that she is now a believer!
After the house-to-house visitations we gathered at the church in El Fortin to just thank God for giving us the power to talk to strangers, show them the love of Jesus and just talk with them (as opposed to preaching at them). One of the big differences they saw in us compared with other missionaries from other religions is that we want to tell them about a relationship they can have with God and other believers, not just a religion. Please pray for a good turn out on Saturday!
Sunday morning we split up into two groups – half of us went to worship at the church in El Fortin
where pastor Bertine Almazan delivered a great message geared to the young audience (10-15 years old).