Friday, August 10, 2007

While in Peru, some of our travel was on overnight bus trips that took many hours. The buses were set up a little different than those here in the US, and made it a bit better for overnight journeys.

One evening, after we all loaded on, a couple of our students struck up a conversation with the hostess on our bus (all long distances buses in Peru have hostesses). Friendliness begat trust. Trust begat relationship. Relationship begat sillyness. Silliness begat singing. Singing begat testimony.

The hostess who made announcements via an intercom system yielded her microphone to one of our students who had befriended her. Startled that she actually allowed him to talk on the microphone to a bus full of Spanish speaking people, he wasn't exactly sure what to say or do initially.

Shortly, he began to lead us in a worship song. Somewhat embarrassed, he laughed quite a bit. A drunk man nearby, really enjoyed the singing. He encouraged the team to keep doing so.

This student was one who had memorized his testimony in Spanish before leaving the US. So when the song was over, he began to share it with a captive audience. They had nowhere to go. We began to pray that the Lord would use this moment to bring glory to His Name.

When the student was finished, the drunk man said, "No más testimonio, pero más cantando." He enjoyed the singing and urged us to keep on. He had understood enough of the testimony to know he didn't want any part of it. Apparently he did not understand the words to the songs we were singing. His wife/girlfriend was embarrassed and shrank into the seat. He just laughed as he found great humor in his outbursts.

One of our leaders stood an began to pass out tracts to our captive audience. Almost everyone took one, and began to read! Many seeds were planted that night. Some were already believers and let us know that.

It was an encouraging evening, and we were greatly blessed at how God had used relationship to open a platform for witnessing!

Even the simplest and most obvious lessons continue to have impact on the kingdom, if we will take advantage of the opportunities He provides!



At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that story Dad!!! it's the best!! (true story, im not going to lie, i was there)


At 11:34 PM, Blogger Marti Pieper said...

I was not there (except in prayer).
But I pray today that He will open my eyes to opportunities and that I will join Him in His work--even in situations that seem a. unlikely or b. uncomfortable. I know the bus experience was both!

Ben-jammin, we are praying for your friend. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to all,

praying in pink
with tender love,



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