Well, yesterday was an amazing day with much rejoicing for everyone who accepted Christ yesterday. Everyone is excited for shopping today but we are also feeling sadness as our wonderful time seems to be coming to an end. We have quickly become a close-knit family like group. As the jokes fly and giggles are inevitable, we have been having ‘mountains’ of fun.
Friday’s medical clinic was about five minutes from the Pacific ocean and it was a refugee village. The coast was beautiful with sugar cane, coffee, and many pretty plants. When we arrived at the church we would be working out of, it was humid and hot. We all joked that we were getting a pore cleansing due to the profuse sweating we were experiencing. After we set up we waited for the families.
We saw more unhealthy people than we did in our last village but we were thankful for medicine to help them. The children were incredibly respectful and after they colored their pictures, they surprised us by either asking for another coloring page or finishing up the picture, handing us the crayons, and giving us the pictures like a gift. They also gratefully accepted their mission balls and had fun laughing at the ‘gringos’ soccer skills. We painted many women and children’s nails while enjoying our challenge in trying to use our Spanish skills.
When we began the Jesus film, many people gathered around and were captivated by the video. Afterwards we sang and the testimonies began again. Todd began with a touching message, Brady moving all of our hearts, with Maria speaking from the heart afterwards. Then Kaysha touched us all with her testimony and Terry finished with a touching testimony. Then we sang ‘Agnus Dei’ and Pablo began to move the villagers hearts with his message. When the altar call came, almost everyone went forward. The few that were left, we pray will soon come to know the love of Christ and experience all of God’s blessings that are just waiting for them. We rejoiced with all of our new brothers and sisters in Christ and cannot wait to see our wonderful siblings in a better place someday.
After the ‘service,’ Sherry was holding a child that was very sick. He had been experiencing diarrhea with a parasite, most likely. We prayed over him and there is hardly a doubt in our minds that our amazing God, which has worked miracles this week, will heal our darling little boy and bless him in many ways. We are trusting the great physician to do what medicine cannot.
Overall we had a wonderful evening and wish we could go back to the village (minus the sweating) for they were amazing people that touched our hearts as much as we touched theirs.
Again, thank you for all of your prayers, we have felt them. Please pray for safe travels and we are so thankful for our powerful prayer warriors. We hope that you know how much we appreciate you!