Venezuelan Educational Inspector
VENEZUELA—Throughout the Pemon Indian Nation in Venezuela there are many villages. Most of them have a little one room school taught by a Pemon teacher who has been trained and installed by the Venezuelan government. From time to time, the Ministry of Education sends inspectors around to see how things are going with the teachers. One such inspector recently came to the little village of Awarauka which is located just up river from San Miguel, where Patty and I ministered during the 1970’s and 1980’s. There is also a Pemon Baptist church there that is a part of our mission. Joaquin, who is a young family man and our friend, is the pastor there. Joaquin is one of our bright young pastors who always comes to the seminars I lead at least once a year. These seminars are designed to give our men a good Bible education and put tools into their hands to help explain the gospel well. One such tool that I gave them is The Story of Hope, which is one of the resources associated with the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training that has been developed by the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) . I received this course at ABWE a couple of years ago, then taught it to the Pemon pastors shortly afterwards. Basically, The Story of Hope uses 40 stories from the Bible (20 from the OT and 20 from the NT) to explain in-depth (but quickly if needed) not only the gospel itself, but the development of God’s plan leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ as well as the end-time events of Christ’s coming for the church and beyond. Well, to make a long story short, this inspector saw the church and asked to speak to the pastor which started a conversation that took over four hours ending around 1 a.m. The inspector then went to church the next day (having arrived on Saturday) and sat through the entire service, even though he didn’t understand much since the service was in Pemon. This man was so impressed with the gospel, having heard it in a way he never had before, that he has promised to return and bring his whole family back to hear what he heard so they can accept Christ as a family.