Down the Streets

By Werner & Marlene Ens

  • Down the Streets

We stepped out into the hot, dusty streets for door-to-door evangelism in Cochabamba. Yards surrounded by tin or wooden walls made it impossible to see what lay beyond the fence. What lay behind those doors?


Lizath was the first person to open her door and greet us. Through the interpreter we shared about the love God has for us, the sin that separates us from God. When I asked her if she would want to follow the Lord,  she immediately answered “yes.” Her quick response caused me to inwardly question, “Do you really understand?” She prayed, then told our interpreter that she felt such peace. It was as if a great weight had been rolled off her shoulders.


Behind another door, we met Rafael, a mechanic who was already a believer but dealing with some problems. After praying for him, he wiped away tears and explained that he had asked the Lord for a sign that very morning. And here we were with Testaments and encouragement.

Three Youths

Three youths came marching down the street. I presumed they would not be interested in the Scriptures. I was wrong. We shared with them and they each took a Testament. Even young men were open and interested. Should that have surprised us? We had prayed for months that the Lord would prepare their hearts.


Oscar drove up with his combi and double parked on the quiet street. Our interpreter, Xemina, asked him if he had time to talk. He replied that he was stopping because his passenger had slipped inside momentarily and then they were off to an appointment. Xemina gave him a Bible. His whole face lit up. He took the Bible, kissed it, lifted it up to the sky and started to ask questions. The lady passenger returned to the car, but Oscar kept on asking further questions. Finally Oscar realized he needed to go!

 Oruro Marketplace

On our day trip to Oruro we encountered huge crowds of people in the market place. By giving a simple invitation like “Biblio—Gratis,” the people would come, listen to the plan of salvation, and many of them would respond positively to the invitation to accept Christ.

Since translators were scarce, some of us would approach individuals with a Scripture and the words “Dios te Ame,” meaning “God loves you,” and point them to verses in the front of the Testament that would lead them to the Lord.

Aymara Women in City Square

It was a chilly day and the place for our distribution looked deserted, so we chose to head to the city square instead. Two Aymara Indian women behind me stood waiting. I gave each of them a Testament and they thanked me. Eight or nine more Aymara women appeared. They seemed to appear from nowhere, then stand and wait for a Testament. When I looked into their eyes they seemed to be saying, “We’ve been waiting for you.” 


Boxes of New Testaments plus seven people were loaded into a small hatchback Toyota. A brand new principal, his first day on the job, graciously received us while the students gathered outside. Quietly, they listened to the message of salvation and many raised their hands to pray the prayer for forgiveness. All accepted the Scriptures. 

Police Academy

Recruits at the police academy assembled in the hall and listened to the message of salvation. Many bowed their heads and prayed the prayer of repentance and forgiveness.

One group of recruits had been exercising and missed our message. This group came on the run to an open space, and quickly formed a semi-circle around us. Again they listened intently and responded positively to the invitation.

Although we did the sowing, our work is not finished. We need to pray for the people who received the Scriptures.

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