The Gospel at the University

Matthias and Doro Rindlisbacher, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

We finished our first semester at the “Universidad” in Santa Cruz successfully. Even if the study required a lot of us on account of the language, we finished with good marks. Thanks to the Lord! We are also grateful that in the past semester we were able to learn a lot of Spanish, as well as the culture and way of life in Bolivia. We had six subjects in this semester. One particular subject was SIPES, which we would call “practical psychology” in English maybe. In this subject we went to various classes of public schools (pupils ranging from 16-18 years) to work with them on social themes. The idea was to teach them morals and values through group games. For two months we spent an afternoon with “our” class once a week. As it was important to us to teach not only worldly wisdom but also where all wisdom comes from, we were able to use the afternoons to point to the One “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). We were able to give Bibles to many pupils, who wanted to know more about Jesus. Grateful and with the promise to read them, they returned home with their own Bible.

During the past months, we continually experienced how easy and natural it is to talk about faith to the people in Bolivia. There is an openness that surprised us again and again. Although “Christianity” is self-evident, we often find a strong mixing with other beliefs, or it is not consistently lived by. So, we want to take advantage of the possibilities we have to point to our Lord and to motivate them to make a decision.

Midnight Call - 07/2017

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