Friday, March 7, 2008

Bible Study in the park

Yesterday, I went to a Bible study with Michelle, the girl whose family I'm staying with. There were 4 other people there from the church and several college students from the local college. The study was held outdoors at the park adjacent to the lake. The topic of the day was relationships.

While I did not understand everything that was being said, I did get the general idea. During the study and discussion, a man who was selling cepillados (a snow cone in a cup with sweetened condensed milk poured on top) stopped and listened in. He even contributed a little to the conversation and discussion.

After the discussion, we had a time of prayer. The cepillado seller joined us in the prayer. Afterwards, he asks many questions about prayer, as did 2 of the other guys at the meeting. As explained to them, prayer is talking to God. It is not a memorized speech that you learn that sounds nice. It is talking with God, telling Him how you feel about Him, telling Him of your needs, how you need Him in your life, praising Him and thanking Him for the blessings He has given, and interceeding for others by asking God to help them. After this explanation, each person said a prayer request that they had and then we prayed again, thanking God for His many blessings and lifting up the needs that we had.
Afterwards, many people from the study bought a cepillado and someone bought one for me. It was my first experience with these. The ice, in the past, would have made me sick. Whenever you find yourself in Venezuela AND HAVE ADJUSTED TO THE WATER, make sure you try a cepillado.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How long did it take you to adjust to the water? How many times did you get sick trying to do so? I know we have talked about this, but I don't remember the particulars, due to the funny parts of the story and the occasional sickness due to riding a bus in the mountains of CR, when we had this discussion...