This Sunday, I taught Sunday school and preached in Spanish for the morning service at a local Spanish church. It was my first time to minister entirely in Spanish without any help from a translator.
My teaching and especially my preaching went far better than I was expecting, and the Lord gave me remarkable fluidity and clarity in speaking Spanish such as I have never had before in my life! Many people expressed their gratefulness for the clarity of my speaking and how easy it was for them to understand what I ministered.
Although I did have some trouble pronouncing a number of words and had to resay quite a few, my doing so does not seem to have hindered people from readily receiving the truths that were ministered. Even though I had manuscripted virtually everything that I said and was just reading what I had written, the people were attentive in such an encouraging way that I know that their doing so was a direct answer to many prayers.
I’d like to thank everyone who prayed over the past few weeks for my Spanish ministry this past weekend. Most of all, I thank and praise God for His graciously and abundantly empowering and enabling me to minister effectively in a language that I am by no means fluent in at this point!