Day 8: Holy Stalagmites Batman!

7 Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143:7,8

Shannon led our devotional time this morning, and she began by calling us to reflect on this passage. There is an eagerness to bring what we are learning home - the principles, the joys, the longings, and the dreaming. We have reflected much on this today... it's basically guaranteed that it is not a simple task, but one we cannot ignore. This "simply" means looking at Jesus face to face, who knows the way we ought to go. Our temptation is to sink the the waves of whelm - but he knows! What we are experiencing here with our brothers and sisters in the DR is not merely an annual check in. Our Good Father has gathered us all here, stirred our hearts, for a reason! 

We got to look at the face of Jesus today through a divine walk through some underground caves and through the joy of the Compassion children our team sponsors (and their siblings). 

This morning, the original plan was to head to the worksite to, hopefully, finish the fourth column and continue filling holes. Due to the heavenly rains last night, which I described yesterday, the site was not quite workable this morning. The rains had turned much of the soil into hard clay. Needless to say, we found some relief in the break from the shoveling under the beating sun; then we found glee in the news we would visit said caves! 

It was a refreshing time gazing upon vast stone walls and ceilings and crisp clear turquoise lakes. 

After lunch at Vision Celestial, we headed to the Nazarene retreat center once more to have play-time with the team's sponsored Compassion children and their siblings. It was the beauty of the towering caves in the widening smiles; the refreshment of the aqua lakes in the contagious laughter. We played on the playground, hit a baseball, kicked a soccer ball around, played red-light-green-light, drew pictures, and swam in the pool. After a quick cake break, baked in VC's bakery, team members had a quieter time with their sponsored children. The team gave their gifts: backpacks full of a variety of goodies. They prayed, and laughed and took pictures. I was a able to capture a few without interrupting from a distance with the zoom lens. 

The day ended happily, back at our "home", with some delicious shamrock cookies Allen Carl made for us. 

Oh, and happy Saint Patrick's day by the way!

Abba Father, thank you for new experiences each day. We know you always provide us with new graces and mercies, but we get so used to them we fail to notice. In a different environment, you more easily have our attention, our adoration, and our expectation. Increase the consistency of our love for you. You are the same God yesterday and today, everywhere in the world. There is one Church. Lead us. Make the way known to us - to love our community in radical ways. Anything is possible in the name of Jesus by the power of the Spirit! Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen