- July 21, 2010
- By Caitlyn Barbee
Because the bus doesn’t always come into the rural areas, it’s difficult for the families to attend church regularly. So, we begin the day with a short sermon by the pastor, a few praise songs and a time of prayer. We then begin walking down the dirt road to visit their neighbors.
Two ladies who live there, Nancy and Roxanne, act as our guides. They know their neighbors well—not only their names, but also where they are spirtually. The first time we talked with the neighbors, it was obvious that Nancy and Roxanne had already shared the gospel with them. Many had not yet accepted or were unsure of their salvation.
The pastor boldly proclaimed Christ’s name, and two people prayed to receive Christ as Lord of their lives. I was convicted, thinking about my neighbors back home. Do I know whether or not they have heard the gospel? Do I even know their names? Without even knowing it, Nancy and Roxanne encouraged me to follow their example and evangelize to my neighbors when I return to America.
Caitlyn Barbee, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, is serving as a student missionary correspondent in Venezuela with Go Now Missions.