Dear Family & Friends,
Greetings from Taperillas, Bolivia! Today is the first day of our third "cursillo" teaching the first phase of the chronological Bible teachings. In this cursillo, the students will complete the Old Testament overview from the ten commandments to the end of the OT, and will complete the first nine or ten lessons of the New Testament. They will see how the Old Testament prophecies were all fulfilled in the Savior, Jesus Christ!
As of 4:00 am today, twenty-eight students had arrived from six different communities! Although the cursillos were designed for the same students to come each time so that all would receive the teachings from beginning to end, we have at least a dozen new students this time. This necessitates extra review, but there is no way the review can be as comprehensive as were the first two cursillos. Please pray that these new students will quickly grasp the basic foundational concepts of the Old Testament, and that the teachers will have wisdom in how to present the new material with sufficient review so that the new students will be able to understand.
This cursillo there are only two teachers, Bill and Felix, as our co-worker, Jack Russell, had to return to the States. As Felix lacks a good grasp of some of the lessons, Bill will be doing the majority of the teaching. Please pray for Bill, especially as both he and I have been fighting sore throats lately.....that his voice and health would stay strong through the four days of the cursillo. The cursillo lasts until Sunday. In the past ten days, we have had visitors in the tribe continually: four men from our mission for a church-planting seminar here; two consultants to do a translation check on the Old Testament scriptures we're using in the cursillo; and, a team of eight adults from the States here for a tribal visit. As a result, we're entering this cursillo somewhat tired--please pray we'll have supernatural energy!
Bill & I will also be continuing (as in the other cursillos) to teach one hour of literacy each afternoon. This will also be more difficult this cursillo, with the new students having missed the introductory lessons. Please pray these lessons will be effective, so that the students will be able to read the Bible lesson booklets they take home with them.
More than anything, we pray the students will have open hearts to the truths of God's Word....many will be hearing these truths for the first time in their language!
Next week, we will need to travel to Santa Cruz for a required seminar for all missionaries on safety issues in this country. We're glad it's in Santa Cruz....it will be good to visit Josh there again!
Once again, thank you so much for your prayers on our behalf and on behalf of the ministry to the Simba. Please forgive the lateness of this update....we were having some trouble with our radio email system. It's good the Lord is aware of our needs, even when we can't communicate them.
In His Love,
(Bill &) Kathleen Mann