VISIT TO BOGOTA, COLUMBIA AND NITEROI | NICKIE GELDENHUYS
BOGOTA, COLUMBIA AND NITEROI
Here is a report of my visit to Bogotá, Colombia and Niteroi (outside Rio de Janeiro), Brazil.
Bogotá is home to Juan, Lulia, and their son, David. We became friends while they were students at CFNI and now provide them with a measure of spiritual oversight. I went there simply to be with them, but had opportunity to preach in the church where they serve. Juan and Lulia are planning to relocate to Europe. We talked about their ministry, laughed, played, and prayed together. Oh, and we ate together! David, under four years old and able to hold conversations in three languages, took to me like to a grandpa! We went to a peaceful
and beautiful lake between surrounding high mountains. Despite the cold we enjoyed wonderful fellowship and deep conversations. I am many new friends richer, and have a newly deepened respect for this family.
My hosts in Brazil, 4,200 miles from Bogotá, were André and Danielle Scultori, at their Flecha a Naçoes (Arrows to the Nations) missionary training center.
Located in a rustic, rural area, the place has a quiet atmosphere, ideal for focusing on the Lord. We met André and Danielle when they studied at CFNI. (There is a very long story leading to this point, but no room here to share it!)
The school is made up of four months training plus five months on the mission field. I did not know it was the last week of the training. This group of committed, joyful students sat through almost 25 hours of input, and received me into their lives. We talked, played volleyball, and interacted for hours on end after classes were out.
Some were brave enough to swim with me in the rather refreshing cold water of the pool.
It was the first time I taught some of the material, though I heard Sandi teach it several times. Working alongside and excellent interpreter, I covered what was planned for four days, in two days. Planning together with them I added materials André and Danielle asked me to cover. By God’s grace all worked out well, as we all gained a new understanding of our Lord and His great love for us – and the nations of the world.
A report like this can never speak of all that happens on a mission like this one. Thank you for giving me the privilege to be our team’s mouthpiece. I thank God for you, for doing your part to equip the laborers the Lord of the harvest has thrusted into the mission fields of the world.
For Jesus to be worshiped in every place,