Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Which path are you on?

Here in Botswana foot paths are everywhere (see below) so it makes sense in our presentation of the gospel to use an analogy of paths.

We present Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."

We draw this in the sand or on a piece of paper with a wide path with lots of people on it and an arrow leading to destruction;  and then a narrow path with few people on it and an arrow leading to life. We explain that we are all on the wide path according to Romans 3:23 and Psalm 51:5 and talk about the only way to get from the wide path to the narrow path is through repenting and believing in the gospel (Mark 1:15 and I Corinthian 15:1-5) and so we draw a cross between the 2 paths.

We recently taught this at the Friday children's ministry at Gaborone Baptist Church and 15 of them asked Jesus to come live in their hearts. We also challenged them to share this good newswith someone this week.

Maybe you have your own way of presenting the gospel to those around you and maybe you don't. I challenge you to share the gospel with someone around you today. If you have questions about how to do this or you want to accept Jesus yourself, please feel free to write us at bltast@hotmail.com
The foot paths here in Botswana

Ridge (a missionary kid) helping explain 2 paths

We challenged the kids to share 2 paths with someone they know
so they wrote their names and the names of those they would share
with this week.

Our kids practicing sharing 2 paths

Tebogo, one of the helpers, explaining 2 paths to a little girl

No training wheels

This summer Bradyn has just seemed to learn so much. He just learned to swim and now he is riding his bike without training wheels. Where has the time gone?? So proud of this little fella and how hard he works at everything!
Our newest bike rider
Riding on the path behind our house

No training wheels!!
While teaching him to ride we had to keep saying, "look straight ahead" because he kept looking down and losing his balance. This is true in our lives too, sometimes we look down at all the things around us and get overwhelmed and fall, but we need to look straight ahead to the one who holds our future and keep our eyes on Him!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Cool Spring Volunteer Team

We arrived back to Botswana on September 3 and hit the ground running. We had a volunteer team from Cool Spring Baptist arrive just a few days after we did and had such a great time with them amidst all of our jet lag. They began by teaching an all day conference to pastors, leaders, and elders on "Preventing Ministry Failure" which was written by one of the team members-Brad Hoffmann. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the topic and he shared how to have the right foundations in ministry.
Brad teaching on "Preventing Ministry Failure"
All of the people who attended the conference
Cool Spring Baptist has agreed to partner with us to reach the village of Ditshewagne which is about 2 hours from our city. This village had no evangelical presence, but in June the first church was planted there. This was the first time they were able to see the church meeting together under the tree. They were able to do evangelism in the village and saw many people come to the know the Lord. We are thankful for the missions heart of this church to reach the nations!
The church in Ditshewagne meeting together under the tree

Evangelism in Ditshewagne
Walking the sand covered roads to spread the gospel

 Thank you Cool Spring Baptist for spreading the good news of the gospel!