After each of the 4-5 week courses at the Cambodia Bible Institute (CBI) have been completed, CBI has a week of evangelism in the countryside. Each weekday they go to a different village to teach people about Jesus. Yesterday, Sharon went along while Dennis stayed home to study solo with our language teacher. Today, the roles reversed and Dennis went to the countryside. Here’s how it works: typically, we have an hour or two drive to the target village. These villages are where the students or graduates of CBI have already made disciples who have then begun meeting together as a church, or where the students are trying to make the first disciples in a village. Usually, we have some connection to the village that allows for a place from which to fellowship and teach.
Today, we went to the home village of our next CBI graduate, Try, where there are no other disciples. After arrival and greetings at Try’s house, the students divided into five groups of about three students each and headed out into the village. Their quest was to visit and pray with as many people as possible before lunch and then invite them to the teaching time right after lunch. Our language skills are still lacking but we try to visit with the villagers too. They are so patient with us and give us much encouragement. Dennis took about an hour and walked the full length of the main street praying at each house that people would come to hear the good news about Jesus.
After lunch, about 60-75 children and adults broke into smaller groups. Then the students got busy answering questions about Christianity and teaching the people about Jesus. The villagers asked several good questions and many of the more senior students take turns answering and teaching while the newer students observe and learn. There is the strong temptation for the teachers to chip-in but the students need to learn from this experience by practicing what they are taught at the Bible school. Everyone did well and enjoyed the experience. Late in the afternoon we loaded up and headed back to the city. Today, we planted seeds of the gospel and splashed on some water. Our prayer is that God will give the increase in Try’s village and many new babies will be born. Please join our prayer.