Part of the training at the OGTC is that the student must fulfill a six month internship on the mission field. Andrew Wilder is current serving his six month trip in Bolivia where he is learning how to do mission work with Kevin White. Check out his latest blog.
Hello all! I hope everyone is doing well. I am doing great and have some exciting updates to tell you about. First, I would like to share about one of my experiences that I was able to witness. If you know anything about South American countries then you know that there primary religion is Catholicism. Here in Bolivia the other day they held a little festival celebrating the virgin of Urkupiña. With this being said, I was coming home one night and witnessed a line of Bolivians that was walking right toward me. I began to get a little nervous and scared as they came closer, but then I noticed that the person leading had a doll in her hand and they were all chanting some prayer. It really sounded like some kind of demonic activity going on. It really broke my heart that these people were really praying and worshiping a doll. Let me tell you that the people here need to know the truth of the Gospel and not some “religion” called Catholicism. A lot of the people here are blinded by their traditions and are heading to an eternal hell. Would you pray for Bolivia and the need for Christians willing to go and tell them the truth of the Gospel.
Second, I have had the privilege to be able to start an outreach ministry in the new church plant. My goal is that before I leave everyone within a one Kilometer radius within the church would be able to get a gospel tract and an invitation to the church. I pray that our efforts would not be in vain, but that God would truly bless, bring people to church and see many saved through this ministry. Would you pray with me for this ministry and that God would do big things through this ministry.
Third, it was awesome to have a couple from my home church Vision Baptist Church visit for a couple of days. Their names are Lamar and Latasha White they are some great friends of mine and was a blessing to have them down. It was a good time of laughter, fun, and fellowship.
Fourth, I have finished up book 2 in language school and now on to book 3. Book 2 was pretty much learning everything about the past tense of verbs and different types of conjugation of those verbs. It has definitely been a little difficult for me to learn all of this, but am learning little by little every day.
Fifth, the new church plant celebrated the holiday here called Dia de la Amistad, which is Friends Day in English. Last Saturday at youth group we had a big crowd with lots of first time visitors including one of my friends that I invited. We had a great time with lots of food and fun activities. Also yesterday on Sunday we celebrated it as well and had many first time visitors. We had 75 total people in the service yesterday, which is good number considering the church is only 5 months old. We also held a lunch afterwards to celebrate and had a great time of fellowship.
God’s been doing great things here in Bolivia through Missionary Kevin and Beth White. Continue to pray for the ministry here, for me as I continue to learn the language, as I invite people to church, and the outreach ministry. Thanks for everything you all do for Lord Jesus Christ and keep pushing toward the mark!
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