Bible Study and Auctions
What does a bible study have in common with an on-line auction?
Not much would be a good answer. Does it get even more complicated if the study is in Spanish and auction of property we are watching is in English? Yes.
Present at the study were three migrant workers, a former missionary, a pastoral couple and a couple with their baby. On the huge screen were details of properties selling on line for the missionary whose husband recently passed away. Each time someone bid, the new bid was posted and we constantly refreshed the web page to see how things were going. First, we had to explain to everyone how the process worked. Each time the bid went up there was a scream of delight and especially when the bid hit, then passed, what was a hoped for price.
For four weeks, the group had been praying with Sonia that the properties would sell and she would no longer feel the burden of the property. Sonia explained that every night for a month she had been asking God to facilitate the sale. Squeals of delight interrupted the singing of choruses but each bid was like an affirmation that God was in control and answering prayer. The Bible study began with prayer and ended with a prayer of thanks to God for the results. A really wonderful sense of fellowship blessed the evening as we watched Sonia praise God for his goodness and faithfulness to her.
What do an auction and a bible study have in common? Answers to prayer and an amazing presence of God and fellowship within a group.