A few weeks before the John Maxwell event, we decided to go to the Anglican Church that had an English service. We wanted to see if there was anyone who would offer to be interpreters and I was looking forward to see what an Anglican service would be like as well.
It was a small church with just a handful of people. It began with an opening prayer and a hymn. We recited the Apostles Creed and The Lord’s Prayer, another song, another prayer, congregational reading of Bible verses and then the sermon. This was a much more structured approach to church than how I was brought up, but is just a different way of doing things. What they believed was every bit the same as what I believe and if you were paying attention to what you were singing and reciting, the Gospel was preached.
As we had tea and cookies after I asked a few people what brought them to Paraguay. Two older single ladies had come from England 35 years ago to teach in the adjacent school. Another man in his 60’s was born in Paraguay by English parents who had come to be missionaries. They moved back to England when he was a teenager but he returned after getting his degree in agriculture to work in Paraguay. He had been born again in Sunday School in this very church when he was 9. Most people attending were from England but had made Paraguay their home. They are carrying on the traditions, meeting together every Sunday to worship and fellowship together. It was nice. It was peaceful. It was good.
The experience made me realize again how God is using all kinds of people of all denominations to spread His love and message to the world. There are good people doing good things everywhere. We don’t hear enough about them.
This second event with John Maxwell was to keep the momentum going and help us get closer to our goal of 10% of the population, the tipping point, working on values through Round Tables throughout the country.
Over 60 interpreters volunteered and were sent with the coaches. This interaction between them was a highlight for both coaches and interpreters. They all came back buzzing with excitement.
More often than not a coach would go to a business and be in the same line of work, or a teacher would be sent to a school. Since it is all random we saw the hand of God in it all.
I loved getting to hear the life stories of the coaches who spent their own money to come and serve a nation. Their openness and vision was inspiring to me. What a treat to get to know these motivated people who are making a difference in the world.
Some of the coaches who were in the Newspaper.
John met with political leaders, the Ministry of Education, University students, and flew to the Chaco, a five hour drive away where 3,000 gathered. He met with 5,000 police cadets and honored the interpreters.
The last day there were two meetings in a stadium that held 6,000. It was filled to capacity both times.
At the end he gave his four faces of God sermon and over half came forward to be born again and begin a personal relationship with God. There is still much work to be done – our goal is the transformation of an entire nation!
We leave a great team behind to continue the work.
Continue to pray for Paraguay