Jhoni, Gustavo, William, Denise and I made the dangerous river trip in two long days instead of the normal 4 days. It was with Gustavo’s new speed boat and motor that many gave to, to replace the stolen one. The purpose of the trip was to pick up the discipling where Denise and I left off in May. Jhoni, Gustavo and I were able to teach every afternoon for 12 days. We reminded the 5 families there in Taina of how to see heart change based on first recognizing and then considering themselves dead to their sinful natures that fight to rule their life styles (Romans 6 and 7). We also reminded them that they have been fused together to the very Life of Jesus and they are to regularly consider that true too! Regularly trusting this fact whenever sin attacks them will bring a change in values and thinking that later leads to life style change. This is Christ’s solution. As they change, Christ will use them to complete His mission of seeing new disciples in new tribal churches sprouting up all around them!
As we heard some of their falls into their old pre-saved life style Jhoni, Gustavo and I were able to use those falls as real time examples of how to consider themselves by faith DEAD to those sinful habits and also consider themselves also INFUSED with Christ’s very Life to overcome them. Our time turned out to be mostly corrective and heavy on exhortation to practice the above truth each time their sin nature tempts them to return to the old pre-saved life style. Our trust is in what God teaches us that the Spirit using the Truth clearly taught can bring about this change of thinking and values as each person is willing to cooperate with Him. It is out of our hands. Pray often for this fundamental change to happen as we are not with them now. Thanks!