Paris: 1 Peter 5:6,7

Today was another long day in service, one that ended with me coming in the house sweaty and with dust all over my feet and the bottom of my skirt. In short, it was a nice day. There was such an interchange of encouragement and two Bible studies were started. One with a man who lost his wife years ago and said he believed the Bible can help him. His story was touching. He said that his entire life changed in an instant. I hope that with accurate knowledge of the Bible- that God does not cause suffering , and that death is not a part of his purpose for man and he will soon do away with it, he will find comfort. (James 1:13, Revelation 21:3,4) The sister who spoke to him did an excellent job of asking thought provoking questions and setting the grounds for a meaningful discussion. Patricia is her name, and it was so enjoyable to work with her and join on her study this evening. She moved from Italy and this will make 15 years of her richly varied service here in Nicaragua.The other who also accepted study wanted to know what happens after death. When we asked what he believes, he said “what’s most important is what the Bible says”. What an amazing response! He considered the Bible to be the source for learning the truth. I then asked him why he thought there were so many churches, all claiming to be the same religion, yet having different ideas, or no idea, of what happens after death. Of course, it wasn’t difficult at all to encourage him to seek the Bibles answer. He already voiced he wanted to. But there was a challenge: how on earth do I find them again with no addresses to speak of, and no concept of where I am?  Without addresses, there’s no Google maps, not that I have internet on my phone anyway. Well that’s where the help of my field service partner, and the others in the group  came in. If we are humble, open and,  honest about what we need help with,Jehovah will care for us, and  more than likely it will be in the form of a friend who’s willing to assist. (1 Peter 5:6,7)

Here are a few pictures from today’s ministry and the meeting yesterday:
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Ignore my broken umbrella, like I’m trying to.
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One half of the group today

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Paris: 1 Peter 5:6,7

  1. Your story sounds like a great day in service. The people sound like they have such respect for the Bible. Paris, it took me a moment to comment on this because you know that’s my absolute favorite scripture, so I tend to get a little teary eyed when I read it. I remember feeling a little down and my mom told me to read 1 Peter 5: 6-10. I was speechless…now it’s my go to for anyone that may be experiencing a trial. If I may, it has to be quoted. It states ” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God, so that he may exult you in due time, while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your entire association of brothers in the world. But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in Union with the Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make your firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you.” Our family has lived this scripture so many times in the last 3 years, we know it’s true, this hits the heart of all of us. I can just see you now, the look on your face as you contemplate, how will I get back here. Anyone who “knows” Paris know that she has no sense of direction. But she doesn’t pretend to know, she innocently and humbly ask “Ok remember how to get back here for me.” She’s so adorable…I miss you Paris!

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