12/24/09 Jose, 73, and his wife, Abila
Today I received a free hour-long Spanish lesson, along with coffee and bread, compliments of a retired Mexican-American couple I met at Dunkin' Donuts. Jose and Abila were in no hurry and delighted to be able to help me practice my Spanish as much as I was glad to be able to share the Gospel with them. They knew more English than I knew Spanish, and patiently waited and provided correction while I tried to find the right Spanish words. We talked about "righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come" (Acts 24:25) and God's gift of salvation in Christ. Jose and Abila have been attending a local Catholic church for 37 years, but are very unhappy there because of what they see as its constant greedy appeals for money. They were not at all threatened by the possibility that they may need to find a different church, and asked a lot about mine. They were glad to hear that we have Spanish services at a location nearby. It was hard to know exactly how they were responding to their need to repent and put their faith in Jesus - language barriers often cause people to act agreeable when in truth they don't really understand everything - so I was glad I had a Spanish tract to leave with them. I tried to impress on them the need to put the Bible first, before church traditions. May God bless them as they were a blessing and an encouragement to me.