Surprise!
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Green button = course available online
Orange button = course unavailable online
I want all the buttons to be green!

The picture above is a portion of the Academia Cristiana del Aire website that I have been working on. The lone green button is for enrolling in the very first online course, “La Vida de Jesucristo.” I was shocked yesterday to find that 18 students had already registered on Academia Cristiana del Aire online and many of them had already done the first few assignments and were waiting for grades! This discovery sent me into full panic mode since I wasn’t even expecting people to be looking at the website yet!

For years, the Academia website has sat dormant with no content except the audio files from the radio programs. The audio files were in a very hard to use format as well, so I figured no one even went to the website. I was wrong!

The reason I didn’t know about the enrolled students is that I had recently moved the website to a new location and didn’t realize that my notification settings didn’t transfer over. Now that I enabled the notifications yesterday, we have received emails about three more new students.

On top of all that, we also received an email from a pastor in Chile who wants to buy a book but needs to pay in Chilean money, but we have no way of accepting it unless he uses Western Union for a huge fee. He also requested a digital copy of the book, which we do not have available. So, there are obviously some barriers to getting the Bible courses into the hands of those who want them. That is where I want to help.

Students from Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay are already enrolled and I expect that list to grow in the coming days, weeks, and months. God is obviously at work because we had not advertised anything. Spanish-speaking people around the world are hungry to dig deeper into God’s word for themselves and I am so excited to help them do it!

 

 

What I’ve Been Up To
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Books available from Academia Cristiana del Aire

Since graduating from Spanish language school, I’ve spent a lot of time creating Academia Cristiana del Aire’s web site. Called Christian Academy of the Air in English, ACA has been around since 1949 when it started broadcasting Bible teaching in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. Since then, thousands and thousands of people have studied God’s word in a simple format by listening to the radio programs, reading the course materials, and completing assignments that are mailed to the ACA office to be graded. I’m very excited that we should be ready to begin accepting online enrollments for the first course, “La vida de Jesucristo”, very soon! The site is still in need of more information, pictures and overall polishing, but you have to start somewhere, right? Please pray that God blesses our efforts to make this great ministry available around the world online. Thanks!

Click here or the picture above to visit Academia Cristiana del Aire’s web site.

Prayer Request
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I mentioned in our last newsletter that I was looking for part-time work because our savings were exhausted and our monthly support level still isn’t high enough to pay for school and our living expenses. I also announced in a Facebook post about two weeks ago that I had found a great job doing computer work for a local ranch.

After 4 days, everything seemed great. I went home for the weekend full of hope that this job would be steady for a while at least and that I would be able to develop a relationship with the ranch owner in order to share the hope of Christ with her. When I went to work last Monday, though everything had changed.

I walked into the office to a tense environment. The owner, we’ll call her Sue, and her part-time bookkeeper, immediately informed me in a very unfriendly way that they didn’t want to do anything that I had agreed on with Sue earlier. While Sue had been so friendly and open just a couple days before, she was suddenly cold and harsh. I felt attacked and knew that the bookkeeper was trying to protect his territory has Sue’s “computer guy” and didn’t want me there. He acted very suspiciously and even tried to take the work that Sue just asked me to do away from me! There are other things that really upset me too, but I won’t get into them.

I thank God that he helped me hold my tongue and not react like I wanted to. I had been through a much worse situation at a previous job so I know God used it to prepare me for this.

I talked to Sue the next day and even though she was very happy with the work I had done and there was more to do, she said she didn’t need me until after Thanksgiving and that she would call me then.

I don’t care so much about the job; I care about Sue and her need for Christ. She was abandoned by her husband 20 years ago and is still wounded by it. She has sworn that she will never be weak again and she puts all her trust in her wealth. While she claims to believe in God, she does not know the saving, freeing power of Jesus.

This bookkeeper I told you about is up to no good, I believe. I think he has bad motives and is not a good person for Sue to have around.

Would you please pray that I would know what to do and say the next time I see Sue and her bookkeeper? I want to be a light in this dark world that points them to Christ. I would love to share the hope I have with them.

Also, please pray that God will kill my pride so that I can handle situations like this as Jesus would. I don’t want to destroy any opportunity to be a witness, even to those who treat me wrongly and unfairly.