I’ll have to add the picture later, but I am so excited to tell you what God is doing in Callao. Matt was unable to go visiting in Callao this past Saturday. Pretty discouraging, right? Well, yes it was! But God delights in doing what we see as “The Impossible”!
On Sunday morning, we stopped by to see Olinda, as always. We have been inviting Olinda since I have been going to Callao, and she has never come. A couple of weeks ago when we stopped by, she assured me she was coming. I looked and looked…waited and waited….no Olinda. Yesterday I was thinking about that as we walked to her house. I was really starting to feel pretty discouraged. When she came to the door, she really didn’t look happy to see me like she normally is. I just chatted with her for a couple of minutes, and then told her I understood that she was really busy, full schedule, etc. and told her I wanted to pray for her before we left. I prayed, and we went on to church. About 15 minutes after we got to the church, Olinda came walking through the door! What a wonderful surprise and delight it was to see her. But it got better! Frank asked me to get ready to teach Olinda, since she was the only one there. Then Matt greeted Olinda and she told him, “There’s more outside.” MORE DEAF?!?!?! Matt went to see, and sure enough there were MORE Deaf outside!! We had a total of 13 in our service yesterday – 7 Deaf, 1 hearing daughter of a Deaf couple (who were part of the 7 there), Frank, and the 4 of us! We were overjoyed! We had a wonderful service. Many of the Deaf that came yesterday are already saved. Please pray for their spiritual growth.
Just when we thought our cup was full, God decided to let it overflow – according to His promise! We saw three Deaf people (two men and a woman) standing on the side of the road at one of the places the “combi” stops at. Matt quickly got out three tracts and asked the “cobrador” (the person who collects the fare from the passengers) if he would give those tracts to those three Deaf people just standing there! He was willing, and we had the world’s shortest conversation with Deaf people that there ever was! All we can do is pray that God will bring them to church! As we went along, we got to talking about how amazing it was to see those Deaf people and how wonderful it was to have 7 Deaf people come to church. It was then that we realized, so gratefully, that GOD had brought them!! There was not one thing we had done to bring any of them – no visits, no reminders, no communication on Saturday, but God brought them!
After we had been home for a while, Jerod (one of the Kotvas boys) came by the house to get Matt. He said that there was a lady here from Callao who wanted to talk to Matt. We couldn’t imagine what was going to happen next! When I looked out the window a few minutes later, all I could see was Matt standing with a group of Deaf and hands were flying about rapidly! I was convinced in my heart that something terrible was happening, so I got down on my knees and starting praying! A little while later, Matt came home and explained what was happening. Olga, who is Deaf, came to church here in Villa El Salvador yesterday morning. She lives closer to Callao, but I’m not sure where exactly. She came by to tell Matt that she would like to come back to the church in Callao, and she was willing to “give us a try.”
Today, a Deaf man named Alberto showed up here at Efata. He had been a member of the church in Callao before. He has gotten out of church, but he came by today to talk to Matt. Alberto had heard that we were helping the Deaf church there in Callao. He is not against us – he is definitely on our side, but he is not willing to come to church on Sundays. Please pray for him – he is saved, and has a desire to be a Pastor, but right now “Futbol” (Soccer) is King in his life – not the Saviour. We also learned today that Vanessa (another Deaf person from Callao) wants to go visiting with us on Saturday in Callao. She wants to take us to her Deaf friends that are not yet saved!
We know that everything that is happening is all because of the Lord! We also know that all of this is because of the faithful people who pray for us and for the dear Deaf people of Callao! “Thank you” seems like such a small token of the gratitude we feel in our hearts for the people who pray for us. Isn’t it exciting to know that you have a part in all these blessings that God is pouring out? Won’t it be so wonderful to have all of eternity to rejoice together at what God is doing at this very moment in the hearts and lives of the Deaf here?