Tomorrow begins one of the biggest events of the year (the other being the Fair in December): Conoce Al IBYM (Get to know IBYM). This is the Bible school’s open house. The goal is to help teens see there are alternatives to “regular university” and encourage them to come to Bible school. However, not all the teens that come are believers! This is also the week of “Fiestas Patrias” (the celebration of Peru’s independence), so kids are out of school and looking for something to do.
The event goes from Wednesday morning at 9 to Saturday morning at 10. The kids have one chapel time in the morning and one in the evening, with athletic competitions in between. Unlike in the States, Peruvian teens can be endlessly entertained by soccer and volleyball. 🙂 There’s also splashball – paintball with sponges.
The speakers this year are actually a lot of our Bible school teachers. Normally, we have a guest speaker, but this year that didn’t happen for various reasons. So, our teachers are stepping up. Personally, I think that’s a good thing! If we want the kids to come to Bible school, I think it’s good that they get to hear the teachers they’d be sitting under. Even though a guest speaker is a good pull for getting kids here, I think having our teachers do the speaking will be good in the long run. I guess we’ll find out!
Wednesday in one of the chapels the Gospel will be presented. Please pray for this time. Yes, we want kids to come to Bible school, but they must first know the Lord as Savior! The rest of the week will build on the Gospel.
We are expecting well over 100 teens, but are praying for close to 200. That’s a lot of extra people here on our campus!
What does this event mean for us? I (Lisa) will be helping run the concession stand, but that’s pretty much the extent of what I can do being 7.5 months pregnant. Brian is the maintenance man, so he’s running around like a madman right now making sure the campus is organized, bunk beds are assembled, and things are in place. He will also be making sure things get fixed, cleaned up, and whatever else during the rest of the week. He’ll be plenty busy, that’s for sure.
So, pray for our week! Pray for our students; they’ll be living in the dorms with these kids and that can get rough. Pray that they are GOOD EXAMPLES! But pray especially that teens from all over Lima will come to know the Lord as Savior and dedicate their lives to serving Him.