Ok…they are all to bed and so far no one has thrown up in the last hour. I can’t tell you how much we need your prayers for physical strength. These kids have sooooooooo much character, integrity, and perseverance. It has been such a joy to be experiencing these highs and lows with them. (If you are a little confused about this entry so far…it would be best if you read the entry before this first.) I have to share with you how God showed up today in so many miraculous ways…
1) His Holy Spirit was so palpable this morning at our group devotions. Our time of singing was powerful and moving as we sang “The Revelation Song” and “In Christ Alone.”
2) The views from this village were like no other: Beautiful, lush fields draping the mountainsides with pockets of villages tucked in between.
3) Lots of laughing.
4) Lots of friendships being strengthened, renewed, and formed.
5) The sun glistened over the mountains in the distance as we sang for the villagers..”Savior…He can move the mountains…Our God is mighty to Save.”
6) The testimonies of the 4 kids tonight were honest, real, and life-changing for not only the villagers but for our entire group.
7) The Villagers listened intently to not only the testimonies but the words preached by Hermano Jesus.
8) One young father was especially drawn by the words of our students and of Hermano Jesus and we got to talk to him for a bit. This young man is going to be a leader someday and we were able to give him encouragement that we saw this ability in him. He shared that he already has a personal relationship with Jesus but that he is fearful of the leadership in his town. (I will mention this man again in a bit…cause God is sooo cool and already starting to put him in a leadership role)
9) Many publicly accepted Christ tonight even though there is a certain level of fear that exists.
10) The van got stuck twice on our way out of the village. The first time, the back end of the van had to be picked up by a team of strong American men and strong Guatemalan men. Who was one of the leaders in orchestrating this rescue? Yes, the young father that I mentioned earlier. It truly was a miracle that the van got out of this crevice without any damage. And it was amazing to sit back and see this young father organize a group of men who didn’t all speak the same language.
11) We arrived safely back to the base camp and shortly after arriving back…the rains came
12) They are all sleeping soundly. I even hear some snores coming from the guys wing. 🙂
Our God is so good and so faithful. Our faith and trust in Him is being tested right now. Do we really trust that God will be able to work through us even though we physically may not be our strongest? I know that I am not used to this dependence on him on a daily basis…I will subconsciously think: I got it all handled. I can do it on my own. What a faith lesson we are having.
Thanks for reading!!! Keep praying!!!