This will probably be a bit incoherent, but I don't have a lot of time...
We have been blessed with the ministry finances to purchase a projector for our computer. In our opinion, it has already "paid for itself" in the response that it has gotten!
We began working with the Quechua church in Chilca this week. The pastor asked us to begin helping with their children's ministry - they have several things going on with children and they are pretty overwhelmed with kids! On Wednesday nights, they have a children's worship service. On Sunday mornings, they have Sunday School from 10-12 and they have so many children that they cannot hold adult services in the same building (adults meet in the evening). This same church also administers the Compassion International children's program in this area, dealing with 200+ children on MWF for bible study, school tutoring, and feeding them lunch. We will be helping out with the Compassion kids, too.
We started helping out during this past week. On Wednesday night, we took the new projector to the children's worship and showed the first half of The Prince of Egypt (story of Moses). Over 250 children showed up to see the movie, and many more children and adults walked in off the street to see what was going on. We will show the second half this Wednesday and the church is wondering just how many will come this week!!! They say that the 250 last week was a low number of children, since it was storming outside and everyone has to walk to get to church.
It was such a hit that the pastor asked us to preach this week (Thursday night service) and show the movie "La Esperanza" (The Hope) - an overview of the entire bible and it's application to our lives. Then the Compassion International administrator asked if we would show it again on Saturday night to the Compassion families, since the majority of them are not Christians and the church wants to reach out to them.
This morning, we attended the Sunday School class - 200 children packed the little sanctuary and approximately 20 volunteer adults led them in singing, lessons, a drama about sexual abuse, more singing, and serving snacks. It was an amazing morning! Again, we are told that the number was low today because there was a regional church "anniversary" program that took many of the families away this weekend to attend the program.
This week proves to be very busy for us - we have a leadership training workshop set to begin in 15 minutes (AAAHHH!!!), we show the movie on Wednesday, we preach in Chilca Thursday, Billy preaches in another Chilca church Sunday, Thanksgiving (we are going to try to celebrate as well as possible), ... all of this on top of our normal schedule of teaching and leading bible studies. Pray for stamina this week!!!