Small group Monday night with a local family was awesome. The mother of the family is currently in the hospital with breast cancer. She has been battling the disease for some time. Betzame, the daughter, gave a powerful testimony on how her faith has grown and how God has answered her prayers by giving her mother more time on earth.
Karen, Luis’ wife, lead the lesson from 1 John on how we must love like God. She did a great job with opening the word and examining how we might look at ourselves to see where we fall short. During our study, we found out that the two girls there were recipients of our ministry’s school scholarship fund. It was exciting to see the pride in these ladies knowing they would get to finish school and have an impact in their community later. It was also a very fulfilling moment for our group as we had a first hand view of what God was doing with the money our SCC kids sacrificed at summer camp last year.
Tuesday we have many events scheduled for the team. We are starting the morning at the local school with a prayer at their morning formation. Several of us will be hanging out at the school all day helping the teachers. Others will be working a construction project at Luis’ house. After school we have plenty of activities ready for the kids at VBS.
Construction in a light rain. That was a very good thing. We started by digging the holes for the foundation pillars. Great camaraderie with the local workers during the project.
Kim and Maggie taught colors to second and third graders in the local school. John and Julie got to help kindergarten and first graders learn to draw a straight line. Fun time for all since there was no translator.
Others of the group were at the church painting the kitchen and adding a painted cross to the common room wall.
During lunch, the young crowd told riddles trying to stump each. Good fun while we were resting. Can you figure this one out? Customer goes into bar and asks for a glass of water. The bartender points a gun at customer and customer and says “thank you”. What happen? Drum roll please. Customer had hiccups.
VBS was a blast. About 40 kids showed up for some coloring, music, skit, and snacks.
Maggie told the story of David and Goliath. She used a small, timid local boy as David and Logan as mean old Goliath. It was a great paring for the story. Mandy, our translator, did a wonderful job relating the story.