We took the teens out this Saturday night for a night of witnessing in Lagoa. (Witnessing is what we call the act of spreading the message of Salvation and putting into practice the verse from the book of Mark in the Bible that says “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”) Lagoa is the common name for an entire park/hang out area next to the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (or Rodrigo de Freitas Lake) almost central Rio de Janeiro. There you can find playgrounds, mazes, bike paths, skating rinks, many outdoor restaurants with live music and a lot more.
Due to the weather being a little cold (around 12Âº) there weren’t very many people there for some reason. Cariocas (what we call the people native to Rio) stay home when there is the slightest bit of cold weather (the opposite happens when the sun comes out).
It was a little discouraging to arrive there and not find many people, but since we were already there (along with a few other homes that had brought their teens to witness also) we decided to make the most of it. I told some of the teens our night would be worth the trip if we found even one receptive person to witness to. After “hitting” the place for about two hours and talking to every moving, living thing (I was going to say walking thing but we did more than that) our large group got together in an open area for songs and praising Jesus (what we like to call â€œinspirationâ€) to end the night. When it was time to turn for home we our tallied up the number of people that we had prayed with to received Jesus into their hearts and found that forty had prayed. Forty souls welcomed into Godâ€™s Heavenly Kingdom. Not bad at all, considering how slow it had seemed to be going earlier.
On the way home I thought about how teens can make the most of the oddest situations if they really want to (well, we all can too) though the same applies to the contrary. Iâ€™m glad to say that they gave it their best and were rewarded with a fun and successful evening as a result.