May – August 2018
John studied Spanish at university and then studied bible handling as part of the Cornhill Training Course. John had a few months in-between jobs and was keen to use this time to serve God in a Spanish-speaking country. He spent three months in Bolivia, serving alongside a local brother named Hector who he got to know whilst studying at Cornhill. John was based in Trinidad and Baures, supporting Hector's ministry by giving bible talks, as well as teaching and encouraging Bolivian Christians to read the Bible for themselves. John also trained people to teach the Bible to others – whether as small-group bible study leaders or youth and children’s workers - and shared the gospel with unbelievers whom he met.
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Dear friends and family,
I’m now nearing the end of my time in Bolivia and although I don’t fly until the morning of Thursday 16th, I will need to leave Baures (where I’m based) on Monday, leaving me just under a week left of work here. There’s plenty still to do though, so the main objective now is to finish well and tick off a few final objectives! Since my last update the main activities have been training sessions with the local leaders and various bible studies and talks.
Bible studies with the local youth have continued once or twice a day and what I’d like to do this week is try and share some practical tips on how the boys can read God’s word for themselves, and how it’s exciting and important to do so. Please pray for an increased hunger, dependence and delight in the Bible, that would lead to godliness (Titus 1: 1). At the moment they struggle to apply scripture to their lives. The other prayer point on the youth front is for my final Christianity Explored talk this Saturday. For various reasons we’ve not been able to complete the whole course, but this week’s talk is on the Cross, which will give me a good final opportunity to encourage and challenge the young people. Please pray for focus from every youngster and, most importantly, that they would bring their sin to Jesus and then walk the way of the Cross.
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