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At the seminar
We made the CBM's first visit to the Seychelles in March 2006. We travelled to the main island of Mahé to meet the students of the correspondence course and to advertise in the paper the Learn to Read the Bible Effectively seminar, which we would present whilst we were there.
The population of the islands is about 90% Roman Catholic and 10% mixed Anglican and Evangelical, with a few others. The Evangelicals in particular are having an impact with the young people of the islands, convincing them that they have been misled by the Roman Catholic church, and they are now eager to read the Bible for themselves. We believe as a consequence that the islands offer good potential for further expansion of contacts and future baptisms.
Difficult to attend
We advertised the seminar three weeks in advance in the newspaper and on the local radio via the Internet. We hired a room for the seminar at the International School in Victoria, the capital, and advertised a time of 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Martyn and I each gave three sections of a shortened version of the course each evening. Debbie acted as registrar, provided refreshments, and gave a welcome at the school gate and directed people to the room.
What we did not know until we arrived in the island was that bus services cease to run at 7 p.m. and consequently it was difficult for islanders to attend. However, nine men and women did arrive, either by taxi or on foot, and, as one can imagine, having made the effort to attend in these circumstances, they were extremely interested. This seemed a very good response. We also found out that the churches run their 'evening' services at 4.30 p.m. and catch people on their way home from work.
The visitors showed considerable interest and commitment and asked to be sent copies of the workbook as well as the 40-lesson correspondence course. They also took vast quantities of our literature and Bible reading companions. Tutors have now been arranged for the courses to be sent to those who were not already receiving it. We feel there is great potential with the majority of those who came.
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