Monday, December 21, 2009

Friendship Evangelism

Lori from San Vicente, Mexico
Dec. 11th, 2009
delayed due to security concerns.
Today was the last sewing class of the 2009 year. Wow! What a full week! There were 8 new ladies of the 25 different students who attended. Some people had to be turned away after the class reached the maximum (12) that I can teach at one time. I'm stretched pretty thin with that many and the machines there are to use. Tagging along with the 12 students were about 15 kids today making for a very FULL house. There are times I wish I could clone myself, especially when multiple students call out "Lorena" (my name in Spanish) at the same time. Projects for the week included: Christmas wreaths, hair decorations, tote bags as well as skirts and silver capes to be worn by the Christmas choir. Lynne and I dug through boxes of fabric searching out black fabric for the skirts when the ladies arrived requesting that color. Oh boy, did we make a mess in the process of our search.
The most exciting event was that one of the new students, Claudia, really took to heart the encouragement to invite family and friends especially those who don't have a church so that they can rub shoulders with Christians. (Friendship Evangelism.) During the week, Claudia's sister, niece and two neighbors responder to her nudging. I just returned from the Church's Ladies Christmas Celebration where Claudia had two guest joining her. Both of these ladies had attended the sewing course during the week and now they were sharing time with other members of the church for the first time.
During the ladies' party, the speaker talked about shaking off the things that hinder us in our relationship the the Lord as we prepare foe the celebration of our Saviour's birth. Next, we spent time writing encouragements to each other, Then we shared a wonderful meal of tamales, a very typical holiday food and champurrado a yummy hot chocolate type drink followed by a fresh apple and nut dessert.
more later,

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