Wow. These days are cRaZy! Yesterday we spent time at the orphanage and the public school in Valle and then we got ready for the outreach event at night. My heart jumped like crazy seeing kids streaming into the camp from the dusty, dirt road to see what all the hype was about. We played soccer (of course), relays, and then we had a presentation. I will expand more when I am not sitting on concrete steps and struggling to get a signal. But, I just want you to know a bit of the beauty I felt watching the students push themselves to the limit. All morning we were at the orphanage ... it was piggy back ride after volleyball game after more piggy back after laugh attacks. Constant motion and then the night was constant emotion. The students performed two skits like professionals and several shared their testimony with a crowd of 250-300. The most beautiful thing of all (more beautiful than my horrible miscalculations - don't ever ask me to order you pizza unless you want more than you need!), was truly praying through the belief that God is at the center. We offer up our humble attempts, but it is God who makes any attempt successful. I saw these students give their hearts on that stage (even though several were sick) ... because they knew giving their all is the only way God would want them to perform.
Before the final assembly, I overhead a student say, "Oh my gosh! I have to translate for you and now we're singing and I have to get the props and ... how am I going to do this!?!?!" then a breath, "No, it's okay. I trust God will work through me if He thinks I can handle this."
THESE are the moments!
OKay - before I get carried away about last night ... I have to move on to today to other GREAT, BIG moments. We spent some time de-briefing before we scattered for the night and I got to hear some of the aMAZING testimonies of our team who went out in a little village called San Francisco. None of my students had been there before and only one knew it existed, tucked away in the mountains. The students went door to door and shared the gospel and the effect is still gripping my heart. One group, after presenting the gospel, was told, "I'm rejecting the best gospel presentation I've ever heard in my life." Which was a strange, sure encouragement to them that they were on the right track. They assured the stranger that he didn't have to reject it, of course, but he could choose to believe.
Well, enough of my stories... here is a word from Lesly (who blesses me at least 10 times a day with her warmth, her smile, and her attitude).
This morning, we did three carnivals at elementary schools in El Sauce and Cerro Grande. The kids came from all over and were super excited to see us. Later, we visited the town of Villa San Fransisco to do a carnival and evangelize through the streets. I had Marielle and Stanley in my group - and they are probably the coolest people to be with.
We met an old woman who shared how sick she was. Stanley got up right there as she was telling us and prayed for her, and I was trembling because I was so moved by what God was doing. His prayer was so beautiful and I started to realize how amazing it is to just reach out and love in this way.
While walking around Villa San Fransisco, all of the people were extremely welcoming and hospitable. I feel so blessed that I was able to meet all of them. We also got the opportunity to share with people our age, Lester and Misiael. They were very open to Marielle’s and Stanely’s testimonies and really wanted to listen to what we had to say.
At the very end, there was this man called Carlos who completely made fun of us while we were praying for him. Even though we were a little embarrassed for ourselves we have the confidence that we planted the seed in him. God really blessed us with the opportunity to meet up with people who needed our presence and His presence.
Wow. The stories keep coming! Please keep praying that we
let God's love fly like cRaZy!!