Dialoguing with teens

It has been two months since we started a free English class for teens in Colmenar Viejo. We now have a core group of ten students that attend the class faithfully. Most of these teens were invited by people from the Colmenar church. From the beginning our goals for the class have been the following:

– Make contacts with young people.

– Teach them the gospel.

– Make disciples.

We thank the Lord for what he has already done through this ministry! Through the class we have met thirteen young people. Not all of them have stayed but we now have new contacts. We have been able to share the gospel with all of them through the “Come and See” youth bible study that we have immediately following the English class. Not everyone stays for that but every week several attend. We have even been able to meet some of their parents. One mother has started attending church services recently.

One of the greatest blessings has been the salvation of Harold, one of the teens from the English class. He is fifteen years old. I meet up with him every week and teach him the Bible. He is now faithfully attending church services as well. Lord willing, he will be baptized soon.

I write this to compel you to pray for the youth of Colmenar Viejo and Spain. It has been wonderful to share the gospel with these teens and answer their questions but at the same time it has been heartbreaking. It is evident that some of them have never heard the gospel in any way before. Before the bible study I ask them to write down on a piece of paper a question about God or the Bible. We then answer the questions one by one. Here is a sample of some of the questions they have asked:

What are your reasons for believing that God exists?

If God exists, why doesn’t he manifest himself?

Is it necessary to believe in God?

Since the dawn of civilization, human beings have attributed things that they could not explain to a superior being, but that did not make their beliefs real. Why should we believe that God is real?

If God exists, why doesn’t he stop natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes?

Why did Jesus die? How could he rise again on the third day?

If Jesus did rise from the dead, how can I connect with him?

If you commit lots of sins, are you definitely going to Hell? Does Hell even exist?

Will you pray for these teens? Will you pray that God would give us wisdom in answering their questions? Will you pray that they would become disciples of Christ? Will you consider becoming a missionary to Spain?