“Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
— Philippians 2:2 – 4 —
We have been so blessed to be a part of this work that God has begun here in South Asia. We are humbled by the fact that the Lord brought all of us from not just different parts of Asia, but also from different parts of the world to be serving here altogether. There has been a unity that is only found in Christ that has knit students and staff close together as a family.
This group of young men is eager to learn and have been studying very hard. It has been a month of classes from 8am to 3:30pm and the students have been so hungry for God’s Word that they’ve been asking Aaron to teach them more during their free time before and after their dinner. They are each learning the balance of studying, doing homework, and working around the campus grounds.
English Classes have been encouraging to see the students improve each week. With practicing how to read aloud and learning grammar, they are becoming more and more confident to speak English.
Taming the Jungle
Everyone has been working together to make the compound more of a home. Plants have been trimmed, and a good portion of land has been tilled for the start of a vegetable garden! Many of the students are from families that plant and harvest crops, so they became the teachers and we became the students when they showed us how to properly plant and water seeds.
While the students have been having fun in the classroom, they have also been having fun outside of the classroom. When working out in the field, a volleyball court was made and the students have been able to play during their free time. We all could get caught up in the day-to-day list of things that you want to complete, but there also needs to be a time for fellowship and a little friendly volleyball competition.
We recently celebrated Jena’s 26th birthday and we rejoiced in the Lord for another great year! The day began with opening gifts and a delicious pancake breakfast! In the evening, there was a surprise gift from the students where they sang “Happy Birthday” and brought Jena a cake. We all praised God for an awesome family in Christ that He has brought together and gave thanks for another memorable birthday.
– For our team to be like-minded, have the same love, being of one accord, and of one mind.
– That God would provide financially for us and for the ministry in South Asia.
– We’ve had new students join the Bible College!
– One of the graduates who started a Calvary Chapel in South Asia has sent his assistant leader to be trained here for further church planting possibilities.
– Jena felt very loved on her 26th birthday!
Aaron & Jena Garcia