It’s Tuesday morning here in Buena Vista and we are heading to Antigua for the morning to do a little shopping and sightseeing before we head back to the boys academy for another fun-filled day with Los Rinos. Yesterday we spent the afternoon with the boys dancing, teaching them important pre and post soccer stretches for injury prevention, relay race competitions, ultimate frisbee and praise and worship. Just spending time with the boys, despite the language barrier, is such a joy. They are so full of life and I’m already thinking of how much I’m going to miss them when I leave.
Yesterday afternoon I got the news that my brother had gotten in a 4-wheeling accident and was in the ICU with a head injury. Within seconds, my entire team was surrounding me, lifting my brother up in prayer. I was filled with nothing but peace during this time.During this trip, God has been teaching me to trust Him more in difficult situations and to look at these moments as opportunities for greater joy, as these are opportunities to lean on Him more. Within an hour, I got a call back from my sister saying that the CAT scan showed the bleeding on the brain had stopped and that he would most likely not need brain surgery. God is good and faithful.
Last night me, Stephanie, and Karen got the opportunity to serve a local man that has recently sustained a spinal cord injury. We were able to educate him therapy techniques for increased function and independence, as well as education on ways to avoid infection. It’s truly a gift to use the skills that God has blessed us with to serve others. I can’t wait to see how God will use us during the remainder of this trip!