Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Women's Bible Study Update
Trolling through the internet I came across 30 Bible verses every Christian should know. It was a good list: "I am the Lord, your God, you must have no other God besides me." (Exodus 20:3) and "Do to others what you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31) and of course, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13). What verses would you include in the list? I started thinking of verses that I would have included because of the encouragement they have given me. My list plus the website's list came to about 50 verses. That's about a year's worth if you memorized one each week. So I started thinking about using this list to be the basis for our Women's Bible Study for a while. We would study, record, and memorize one of these significant verses each week. I gave each woman an exercise book. (What's an exercise book? Because the classrooms do not supply paper for the children to use in school, each child must buy a small, 75 cent, lined blank book. These exercise books are available everywhere and used for everything throughout the Caribbean.)
I bought 14 of these exercise books and gave one to each of our women. The first verse would go on the cover: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105). Not all of our women can read. (Yikes! i wondered if this was actually a good idea.) But the grace of God is good. They all rose to the challenge of learning to read the verse and decorating the cover with a picture to help them remember the concept. We had a great discussion about why God's word is important. Everyone took their books home and practiced reading/memorizing the verse. When they returned the next Friday night, Martha brought a friend. Miralia had seen Martha practicing and said she wanted to do it too. So sometime last week Martha met with Miralia and taught her how to read the verse and they practiced memorizing it together. When Miralia came on Friday she asked for an exercise book so she can write down the verses, too. It inspires me to see how God lead me to this idea and how it is going to help us to learn together.