John studied Spanish at university and then studied bible handling as part of the Cornhill Training Course. John has a few months in-between jobs this year and was keen to use this time to serve God in a Spanish-speaking country. He is spending three months in Bolivia, serving alongside a local brother named Hector who he got to know whilst studying at Cornhill. John is 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 is also training people to teach the Bible to others – whether as small-group bible study leaders or youth and children’s workers - and will share the gospel with unbelievers whom he meets.
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Dear friends and family,
Many of you will know that I recently flew to Bolivia to help a friend with his ministry for three months. This opportunity came about when I was offered a job in March, which doesn’t start till September, so I was keen to make the most of the spare time I had!
Having studied Spanish as part of my degree I was keen to visit a Spanish speaking country, and had previously got to know a Bolivian man called Hector Antelo through the Cornhill Training Course in London. Hector is based with his family in the UK, but visits Bolivia three times a year, for a few weeks at a time. His focus is to encourage Christians to serve in their local churches, as the culture tends to be that the people expect the pastors to do all the work. One of Hector’s key objectives is to open the Bible with lay people in order to encourage, exhort and train them for service, as well as helping youth leaders and children’s workers in a similar way. There are also great opportunities for evangelism, amongst a nation which is very open and friendly, and always happy to chat about spiritual things.
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