Satan was in overdrive the day we finished up the houses and presented the gospel to the families we have come to love so much. Upon arriving at La Reina, our building site which is an hour and a half from the base, we realized we had forgotten to bring the food for our lunch. If that wasn’t bad enough, somehow we had brought all the paint for the interiors of the houses but had missed the rollers, brushes, etc.!!! This totally messed with the schedule for the day (sand, paint, lunch then dedications by 1:00ish). But, once again, it was amazing to see that it was God’s plan. If we had stayed on time, one of the young men in the village that we came to love so much would not know the Lord today because he would have been taking exams. Instead, we did dedications so late that it was dark outside and he was home (so much more to that story). As the teams prayed and sang around each house while the gospel was being presented in time, Satan really kicked it up. The church in the village began playing music so loud we had to raise our voices to be heard and singing in tune was “muy dificile!” The children began playing, laughing, screaming, running around. It was so hard to even concentrate while praying, Dan & Herman Jesus had difficulty keeping their minds focused and the attention of the families on their words. But in the end, all five families came to know Christ as their Savior. Thank you, God!!!
We drove 2 1/2 hours to our first medical clinic last night. Up a mountain, down, up another. Such beautiful scenery. Absolutely breathtaking! Arriving in the village, the first few minutes are always a bit awkward. How do we break the ice? What is considered appropriate interaction with the children here? Doug Wayner decided to sit on the steps of the school with all the children who had gathered there and immediately the children closest to him scattered, screaming and laughing. He soon turned this into a game that had everyone laughing and the ice was broken. Something so simple!!!
After the medical clinic was finished and soccer games & nail polishing were over, the Jesus film was shown, the team sang Spanish Christian songs, Hermano Jesus was used mightily by God to pour His love out on the beautiful people of Chipococ and many hearts accepted Jesus. It was so crowded on the little porch we were huddled under due to the heavy rain that we couldn’t allow people to go forward to accept Jesus, so we did it right where we were standing or kneeling.
Tonight we head out to our last medical clinic. Many on the team, as usual, don’t want this to end, don’t want to go back to los Estados Unidos. It is so amazing watching God work, watching Him use our mistakes and weaknesses to do beautiful things. But we have learned to pray, watch and wait for Him to do the same work no matter where on this Earth we are. Please pray for the hearts of those we will meet tonight.