Here is an excerpt from a recent email update of one of our college students, Sydney Duerr, who is serving with the IMB in Peru this summer teaching English, in unreached villages.
Peru – July 2011
God has been teaching me this past week that this isn´t a mission trip that I´m on in Iquitos, Peru. But rather, I´m living in Peru, serving Jesus day to day like I should be serving Him in Arkansas, or wherever I am. I have heard about living life as a mission trip several times before, but it finally registered in my heart. I´m looking forward to seeking out opportunities to serve Jesus in NWA as soon as I get home, and not just slip into my normal daily routine, but live life on mission for Jesus Christ.
Tomorrow is our last day in our fourth week of teaching classes, meaning we only have two weeks of teaching after tomorrow! I can´t believe it. It feels like June was the uphill part of a roller coaster ride, and now that we’ve hit July all we can do is lift up our hands and enjoy the crazy-fast downhill ride as the days fly by! We just started teaching through the New Testament stories of the Bible. This week we are sharing the the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-20) and the story of Jesus healing the demon-possessed man (Luke 8:26-39); next week we will share about Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) and Jesus’ death; and the last week we will share about Jesus´ resurrection and ascension, and the story of the prodigal son. We´re also going to have a spelling bee and a fiesta during the last week too! Since we’ve started stories about Jesus and His ministry this week, there have been opportunities each day to share the gospel with our students. It has been a humbling experience for Meg and I especially as we try to translate the students questions from Spanish to English, and then accurately explain the gospel to them in Spanish. Please be praying for us through this!
Written by SD