Monday, 29 September 2014 18:37

New Disciples!

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The first time we saw them, they appeared nervous and unsure, not knowing what awaits them, tired from their long journey. Today the teens from Laos smile, eager to learn and enthusiastic in school and work.
We set a goal to teach them English, certain trades, financial freedom and most importantly, the Bible. We plan for them to stay here for 3-6 months, learn the Bible, English and different jobs so that they can bring back Truth and skills to their country for the furthering of our King’s kingdom. Our God-given dream is to have hundreds and thousands of teens pass through Avoda. We want to set teens free from the cycle of spiritual and physical poverty and the limitations that come with it.


We started them off with the goal of learning 1,000 words in English, conversational English and life skills. They spend half a day in our school and half a day working. So far they learned how to landscape, garden, put up fences, electricity, and build a mud house! Avoda staff joined in the fun. We dug up soil and mixed it with water, cement and chaff, using our bare feet. We then made over a thousand bricks using a special wooden box and waited for them to dry. The process continued on to building a foundation, painting the metal posts and stacking the bricks. The house is now standing and almost complete.
One of the most important lessons the students from Laos are learning are Biblical principles and its practical applications. Most of them do not know the Bible well if at all, and have only started praying here. Every day we loosen the bonds of unbelief and undo the heavy burdens of doubt with Biblical Truths. Daily exercises focus them on the power of our God and the plans he has for each of them. Our main goal is that they not only learn life skills that will enable them to earn a living but help them be transformed by the renewal of their mind.
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?





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