It's day 3 and a couple of our team members have some health issues...Michelle is feeling better this morning, but Nicholas got sick in the night and won't be able to travel up the mountain this morning. So, Sue will use this chance to add a few more pictures and explanations to our blog. I'll get a full report from the team this evening and report on Day 3 tonight.
Today's fruit of the spirit is Joy....We've already seen great joy on our journey and we pray for more God sightings today!
For the 6 year old boy who is still crawling and suffers from seizures. We did not have the needed medication along and his mother has not been able to afford the medication or the trip to the bigger city since November. With his seizures his brain can not grow.
For the young mother who found out today she is pregnant again and is struggling with her feelings about that.
For the women who lost 30 pounds in 2 months without explanation. The provider suspects cancer. Uncertain as to the ability for follow-up visits, diagnosis and proper treatment.
For the children of the village.
For the mother's of the village, that God would prepare their hearts for the Gospel message and give them the willingness to participate tomorrow.
Praise and thanksgiving for the wonderful meals and service that the local school is providing.
Praise and thanksgiving for the fan in the pharmacy and smoother day in the clinic.
Praise and thanksgiving for the completion of the cement floor in the house construction project.
We felt a lot more organized and structured for today. However, we are still struggling with a few cultural differences. The children are in and out all the time and see to show up for snack and craft. We did do a lot more singing today and had a wonderful skit. The children were laughing and answering our questions so we know that they are listening. We also talked about what sin we have in our lives and how we can try to change those bad habits we have. We see evidence of change in behaviors, but there is still much room for improvement. Your prayers for these children and our message would be greatly appreciated.
We also were supposed to have mother's Bible study before VBS, unfortunately, not 1 mother came. That was very disheartening! We are told that it could be several reasons: 1. This is a more Catholic area and our message is Protestant. 2. They are not interested in hearing the message. 3. This is really the first time a group has come to the village for these purposes and they are still leary as to what we are doing.
We will try again tomorrow. Please pray for this ministry as well.
Some improvements in the logistics at the clinic have greatly improved our service. Today we saw over 115 people, many children. The providers are seeing many cases of children with no appetite. However, at all hours of the day you will see children at the tienda buying soda and chips! We understand that much of our American culture is moving this direction. The kids love junk food and the mothers are not making nutritious meals or serving fruits and vegetables.
For patient Jennifer who is struggling within the community.
For our VBS message.
For Aaron, our "pastor", who is providing wonderful spiritual care for the church in San Pablo but will soon return to the US and seminary training.
For our printer that is not cooperating. We know the Lord has plan, but we're not sure what it is yet!
For our families back home.
For Diet Coke
For medicines which brought healing and relief to many patients today.
For the woman with the ulcer who has turned her worries over to Jesus.
Thanksgiving for the numerous blessings we have in the US that we take for granted, like indoor plumbing.
For safe keeping of the construction crew as they completed the roofing, doors and windows ahead of schedule.