Starting our day with devotions, music and Scripture together with the girls is hard to describe. They worship with their entire mind, body & soul.
After music Pastor Sarah read from Isaiah.
Deliverance Then and Deliverance Now & it is Available to All!
We learned the deeper meaning of each verse. As always around these girls, tears flow like a river - we cried, smiled end felt encouraged with newfound strength.
After devotion the girls wanted to dance for us and they changed into bright green tops with dark long skirts. Breathtaking!
To me it is still so amazing how they stand tall, proud and smiling – these girls are my heroes!
A little later after changed into our play clothes, we headed off to go bowling and Pastor Irene was crowned champion of the day! We had so much fun playing around like children and dancing from the Macarena to the Texas Freeze ~~~
The girls are so creative and talented – some of us were lucky enough to have them braid our hair with fun twists and turns.
After bowling we headed to the mall to go shopping. The girls received their shopping money and the gratitude is unlike anything we see in the Western world.
After a while we headed to the Food Court – This was not a food court like in the USA. Crepes filled with who knows what and ice cream toppings that are colorful but a little over the top … smiles.
After the food court we walked down to another shopping center to do some more shopping because the girls felt that they could get more for their money there. They are frugal and wise with their choices.
It was late when all shopping was done and we headed home in 2 different Songthaews (Personal Buses).
One of the things we noticed is that all the girls would grab our bags and never were we allowed to carry or hold anything ourselves. Their patience waiting for the car and transport was amazing and never one word of complaint or whining about anything came from them. It is simply not even thought of! Impatience – not in their vocabulary.
We were squeezed in together like a close-knit family. David was a little more squeezed in the front seat – knees to his chest – it was a moment we will never forget.
Once seated in our transport for the night, the girls started massaging our shoulders, hands and backs all while they smiled and laughed. Trying to get them to stop was impossible and trying to give them the same treatment was quickly stopped.
On our way home we stopped for water bottles and the lady selling us the water asked where we were going with all the water. We probably looked a little crazy with hair sticking up and out everywhere after being massaged – our answer was: to our Hotel of course … lol - who brings cases and cases of water to a hotel – Westerners like us.
Our trip home to the hotel was so fun that we didn’t realize our driver had passed our turnoff and we had driven 20 minutes ahead. We came to a police checkpoint and were told we needed to turn back. LOL – we crazy Westerners!
A New Day In Paradise:
After a good night’s sleep and still laughing after our day of play we gathered after breakfast for our daily morning devotions.
Pastor Jeff was able to do “Facetime” with us and played the song “Back to Back.” The girls broke down in tears. Every one of you that have been here have made an impact and every one of you are truly missed! Every one of you made an impact!
After a while Pastor Leik started playing and again the room was filled with worship and praise.
After music Pastor Sarah read James 5:17-18.
Elijah was a human being even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops.
I Make It Rain - Prayer of the Righteous ~~~
After worship we had sweet times of sharing stories, playing and just enjoying one another.
We had a day full of adventure from kite decorating to bike riding, and of course more swimming time. It’s remarkable to see the girls advance so fast from some being hesitant at first to test the water to diving and swimming by the end of the stay.
Dinner time with pizza was done with “disco” lights and music, sharing and praise.
Again a perfect day!
The girls thanked us after each activity and it is truly a lesson for us. Their gratitude reminds us of how quickly our world can become all about my home, my family, my work, my,my,my....Our lives HAVE to be about bigger things. This world is breaking around us and we GET TO become life and restoration and hope by the power of Jesus in those broken places. In the process we experience healing and hope in our own lives. It's a beautiful exchange of life! God is moving in our team members, as well, healing and using them to heal.
Keep the prayers coming! We are really desiring to go across the border next week. Election results have still not been made official.
Scripture for today: Isaiah 40:9-11
“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” 10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
Our Shepard Gathers Us in His Arms ~~~