By Chris Briles
While in Honduras last week with a team from Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, the following story occurred and it needs to be shared!
On Tuesday night, one of the team members, Betty, shared a story book presentation with the girls at PTC about the Holy Spirit. Also attending the devotion time was a Honduran doctor who was visiting the ministry and serving the community as well.
Betty shared a very powerful presentation on the Holy Spirit in English. The next night, the doctor, who knows very little English, was in a discussion with two of the men from the team. He was commenting about the presentation, how much it meant to him and how well this older lady with a Scottish accent spoke Spanish. The two men both told the doctor that Betty does not speak Spanish and her presentation was completely in English. The doctor continued to insist that she was speaking in very good Spanish! Finally, they all realized that they had witnessed an Acts 2 type moment.
Never underestimate the power of what you are sharing, because we never know how the Holy Spirit may work and what the listener may actually be hearing! Keep up the good work!
Chris and his wife Vonda have been part of WIM since 1998. They completed language school and moved to Altotonga, Veracruz, Mexico, where they served for nine years evangelizing and discipling youth and young adults. In 2008, they relocated to New Braunfels, Texas, for Chris to serve at WIM headquarters as Director of Operations. He now serves as President of the organization. In this position, he promotes the vision for the organization, networks with churches and like-minded organizations for the purpose of working together, oversees the daily operations of the office, represents the missionaries on the Board of Directors, and travels to visit and encourage missionaries serving around the world. Vonda currently serves in the WIM office as a receptionist, providing assistance to the missionaries and office personnel. The Briles have three wonderful children, a lovely daughter-in-law, and one delightful granddaughter.