Today we met to give an example presentation to the men of how they can use the I Am Second method or model to start small groups in their homes and be a source of encouragement to others. The weather was good and of course, it is getting colder here in December but it was fairly mild today. We try to start our meetings at 10:00am but often we are a little late because some of the men get there a little late. Roma folks just aren’t as time conscious as most Americans so we just adapt and start when we feel like we have enough to get going. This morning we had 2 new men with us and that is always a good thing! They both added to the meeting and had good comments to share. One of them even stated that he has a desire to share Jesus more with the people in the community. The other gentleman was honest and straightforward about how hard it is to continue living a Christian life when times are so hard. This morning, we had a total of 6 men, counting me and Pavel. This is a good number to do such a meeting… 6 to 8 is a good number.
This is the format we used this morning… we showed a short video of Tony Evans who shared how difficult it is for a minority person to be accepted in their culture and how Jesus can put you in a high position as a child of the King if we will yield our lives to Him. I had prepared the video with Czech subtitles (thank you Pavel!) and they liked the video and afterward we had spirited discussion about it’s implications using a video response guide. The guide encourages everyone to react and share their thoughts on some basic questions like… “What do you like about the story?” “What do you NOT like about it?” and “What does this teach us about people?” and “What does this teach us about God?” There are also scripture verses that accompany the video.
Continue to pray with us about these meetings and the proposed partnership between e3 Partners and our missionary cluster. I pray that through such a partnership, we will be able to produce videos to use in Czech language with a few Roma believers and translate / produce support materials in Czech language. More to come…