I, Tom, truly delight in sharing the gospel outside the church. I especially like group witnessing to ‘captive audiences’ in waiting rooms. We’d been postponing getting our car oil changed for weeks. However, when returning from my cardiologist’s visit, Irene said, “Over there!” So we pulled into a Jiffy Lube. I started a conversation with a very big young fellow who had just graduated from college with a double major and recently returned from a celebration trip to Tahiti. During our friendly chat, when he mentioned ‘beer,’ that was my cue to begin my personal testimony starting with when I was in the Marines and working into the gospel.
The manager, Tommy, came in just as I got to the good part. He was especially interested in my Navy service. His great grandfather had served in WW I, WW II, and Korea. A Marine sniper, he served aboard the USS Wilmington here in North Carolina which has his name engraved on a memorial plaque with other crew members. (We visited the Wilmington and looking through a forward gun turret sight saw the cross-hairs trained on someone’s window. How do they sleep at night?) Pray for all four men in the captive audience the Lord dropped in my lap. Also pray for many more I’ve shared Christ with this past month, including Marvin, an ex-paratrooper.
Tom and Irene Hodges – Bible Translation Tech Support
El Salvador, a country of roughly six million people, has, according to the Government of El Salvador statistics, 70,000 known gang members from several gangs including MaraSalvatrucha (MS-13) and Eighteenth Street (M18).
Extortion is a very common crime in El Salvador not to mention in Guatemala as well.
Crime and violence with the current murder rate in El Salvador is the highest in the world, an annual rate of 103.1 murders per 100,000 citizens for 2015. In comparison, the U.S. rate is 4.5 per 100,000.
Last year you read our letter “The Macedonia Call”, which led us to initiate the first trimester of our Christians in Action Bible training curriculum in Chalatenanago, El Salvador. Now we are taking that course to the capital of San Salvador.
We begin a three-month Bible Training course June 13- Ag 28 in San Salvador. A three-month Advanced course and finally the three month leadership course are to follow. The Advanced course is planned for Chalatenango, El Salvador in Oct-Dec of this year.
Pray for the students:
Classes will be held each evening Monday thru Friday.
Safety in their commutes from work to attend classes
Academic and spiritual growth
Confirmation of God’s call on their lives for service as workers, teachers, preachers and/or missionaries
Pray for the teachers:
Teachers: Miguel and Linda Toledo, Carlos Orellana, Amadeo Cruz, Cony Quenun, as well as host teachers Ricardo and Lola Escobar
God’s protection for the team of teachers rotating weekly from Guatemala
$1,500 needed to cover expenses for the instructors
God’s anointing as we prepare and teach
Thank you for your vital prayers and support.
Laboring together with you,
Miguel and Linda To support the Todelo’s ministry click here – www.cinami.org/toledo
What would have happened if the plan Jesus had for his disciples had full worked? In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus told his disciples to “go and make more disciples…teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you”. Even though many have gone and shared Jesus, far too many have failed to be faithful in sharing about Jesus gift of eternal life. We are clearly reminded in II Timothy 2:2 how to share the gift. It is a pyramid process of sharing with someone who will share with someone else. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
Is it happening like it should have, no, but it is happening across the world every day. Here is an example of these two scriptures becoming reality. This young Colombian girl was standing in a crowd listening to some Christians sharing about eternal life. At that moment she made a decision that changed her life. Following her university training she served in Thailand for four years sharing about Jesus and helping the needy. Then she returned home to Colombia and became part of the Christians in Action church which lead to her becoming a CinA missionary and returning to Thailand to partner with World Vision in helping street children. Her heart was to learn more ways to help, so she returned to the university to get her Master’s degree in this area. She is studying at the University of Argentina. While studying hard and getting top grades, she still makes time to share about the Jesus she loves. Here is a sentence out of her most recent email.
“My classmate/friend Adry received Jesus a month ago and is growing steadily in Christ and our Heavenly Daddy gives me plenty of opportunities to have conversations about Christian faith and spirituality with my classmates and professors…I enjoy this very much. I have a good group of friends from the Argentinian church, they are like my family here…It’s good to know I can count on them and we spend a lot of time together.”
This is what Jesus meant when he said ‘go and make disciples’. This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote, pass it on to reliable believers who will tell others also. What if every follower of Jesus actually did share daily?
Christians in Action has missionaries actually doing this, daily, in over 20 countries.