Messy Church – Bolivian Style

Originally posted at: http://samsusa.org/2018/05/22/messy-church-bolivia-style/

May
23

We’d like you to get to know Messy Church – Bolivian Style.

La Trinidad goes to our neighborhood park and shares the Gospel with families one Sunday afternoon a month. The idea is to get the whole family engaged, get our hands dirty, and be the church. We call it Iglesia Abierta – Open Church.

A few weeks ago the lesson was on how to tend to the family – using the idea of how we care for plants.  Each family planted a seed, then at the next table they were given a plant and two pieces of paper for listing the names  of or drawing each person of the family on the plant. They got to keep the plant.

And we got to keep their names with the promise that we would be praying for them each week at La Trinidad.  It was a fantastic afternoon, and we were able to pray with each of the families there in the park.

The best part was last Sunday at La Trinidad.  We handed out the names and prayed for each person in small groups.  Then those names were posted on a prayer tree.  The whole congregation was involved! Our prayer is that these families will come to know the Lord and grow with us at La Trinidad.

Iglesia Abierta was started, adapted, and is run by lay leaders in the congregations, down to the lessons and activities themselves.  This is how God is moving at La Trinidad!  

We ask you to pray for the Iglesia Abierta ministry at La Trinidad and for our next activity on June 3.  Please pray with us that families will be transformed by the Gospel. As of yet, no family has visited us on a Sunday morning, but they are starting to look for us in the park on Sunday afternoons!  Please pray that we would know how God is leading us to also be transformed to better minister to our neighborhood.

¡Qué Dios les bendiga!

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