With two days off for Carnaval on Monday and Tuesday, the past week has been a combination of R&R and last-minute scrambling to get everything in place for March, which as each year goes by, feels increasingly to me like the official month of Bolivian New Year. As mentioned a few weeks back, there’s a bit of a malaise in Trinidad between Christmas and Carnaval, particularly in the educational sector, and so it is in this coming week that things really get going on several levels.
Indeed, the coming week will see the launch or re-launch of four different ministries in which we’re involved. On Tuesday morning I take the first of three weekly new R.E. classes in a local secondary school (where I’ve essentially been given free rein to openly share the gospel). A few hours later, I’ll be presiding over the new session of English classes, which this year feature both grammar teaching and a ‘Biblical Application’ lesson. Then next Saturday afternoon, the church’s children’s ministry resumes, with Amanda and fellow missionary KC presiding over the teenage girls’ group. And on Sunday evening, Amanda will begin her study in Esther for the older teenagers and younger women of the church. Add to the mix the youth group’s resumption of its study on The Purpose Driven Life this weekend after the usual pre-Carnaval ceremonials, in which we’re both at the forefront, and it’s fair to say that nary a thumb shall be twiddled for the remainder of 2012.
As for last Saturday’s Carnaval event, I would have loved to have featured some photographic retrospective here, but alas, the prospect of losing our camera in the three hours of mudfights which ensued in the afternoon was not an appealing one. But the whole day went really well, the young people seeming to understand the message of Psalm 1 and its relevance at Carnaval time. Most excitingly of all, a lifetime ambition of mine was fulfilled as I was granted the opportunity to dress up as a cannibal for one of the games. I managed to stay in character pretty much the whole time, causing no shortage of utter perplexity among local onlookers. I even promised to dine out on them if they didn’t come to church. As pew-fillers go, I can think of worse.
- For the range of new ministries which begin/resume this week in which we’re involved. Pray that Christ would be seen in us, that the Holy Spirit would be at work through us, and that God would be glorified by us.
- For Elisabet (new FT educational worker and Amanda’s old Sunday school assistant) who takes her first ever school lessons this week. She’s also teaching R.E., but in a local primary school.
- For a tremendous day last Saturday; a great relationship-builder for the youth and ourselves as leaders, and an important message at the heart of it.
- For an enjoyable evening last night with friends Jerry & Georgina, a young couple in the church.
¡Que Dios les bendiga!
Craig & Amanda