Belissa, has a lot of the qualities associated with New York City teenagers. She is brassy, fearless and we have to remind her constantly to watch her language. However, I see goodness buried deep within her tough exterior that is coming out the more she is around us.
When I gave Belissa a Bible yesterday she was thrilled and said, "hey, Ive gotta learn how to find all these verses." We told her that the fastest way is by singing the childrens song about the 27 books of the New Testament. We sang it to her about five times. Later I heard little "toughie" Belissa walking around singing, "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Acts and the letter to the Romans..."
The picture above was taken Saturday at Alicia Stewarts apartment in Brooklyn. Alicia, a faithful member at Amsterdam Avenue and fantastic role model, invited the teens over to bake cookies.
Julio Casado (in picture below) looks like a street kid with his baggy pants and baseball cap on backwards, but dont let the garb fool you. Hes a brilliant young man who attends New York Citys honors high school and is already taking college courses even though hes only sixteen. He wrote me a kind note yesterday saying that his experiences with us are helping him overcome some of his prejudices about Christianity.
Kids like Belissa and Julio have a lot going against them spiritually speaking, but they could be tremendous tools in the kingdom if their energy and intelligence can be directed towards Gods service. We have several outstanding teens like Marcos Grado and Ina Casado who are invaluable in our efforts to reach others in their age group.
Building update for Spanish speaking church at Fair Lawn
The owners of the library building pictured in the last report say they want to sell the building to us. However, they have pointed out that it may be a waste of time to enter into a contact unless parking arrangements can be worked out that will be acceptable to the city of Paterson. We have tried to buy or rent a lot across the street, but that is up in the air. We hope that the owner of a home next door will allow us to have an easement to use her driveway to park in the back.
Some grow, some fall
The husband of Myra, mentioned in the last report, says he doesnt want her to attend services, and so she has stopped. The other new convert mentioned, Luis, is studying every Sunday with Victor Grado and Alberto Santana. He attends every service and talks often of how happy he is to have found the truth.
William Lora, pictured above right, was baptized three Sundays ago and has attended every Sunday since. Pray for his growth.
We continue to have personal Bible studies in homes most of the day on Tuesdays and Saturdays. I will put some pictures below taken at a study we have in a beauty salon.
I had a very enjoyable meeting with the Spanish speaking brethren in Athens, Alabama. Some pictures will be pasted below. Dad and mother appear to have an apartment under contract and will be moving to New York City around the first of the year. Thanks for your support!