We've just returned to the missions base after a very full day of ministry in which we experienced the Lord's power in such wonderful ways-
We arrived at the Church quite early and had a time of prayer together as a team. Other than Kat, the ladies had not been to the Church yet so they explored the buildings and the property and I had a chance to explain the physical work that we'll be doing starting tomorrow. Eulogio had to run to pick up some people for Church, and on the way back he had an accident; a man and a little boy on a bicylcle swerved into his lane and hit him head on!!! No one was hurt, no one cried foul, and they went along their ways. This made him late for Church, where he was supposed to lead worship, so Pastor Chris asked me to do a few songs in English. A new family came, Lok's mechanic from San Pedro, and they really enjoyed the service. They said they'd be back next week, and asked for a schedule of our outreaches so they could come help!
After Church we headed back into Pena Blanca to purchase food to prepare food boxes to deliver to some families in need. We broke into two groups and went in different directions to take the food, clothes, and a message of Love in the Name of Jesus.... I don't have time to get into details, but our team was RADICALLY touched by what they saw today. The poverty, the filth, the living conditions, the children's beautiful faces, thier filthy and hungry bodies; it was too much for most of them and as we left houses (If you can call them that) we just wept. The boys that were with me shared a vision to get the Church finished so that the ministry of the Word could reach its full potential here.
At dinner I saw this thing that has happened on every mission trip I have ever led, it jsut happens different each time. As we discussed the day the team was broken before the Lord, tears were flowing as thier old ideas about their life gave way to new priorities placed in their hearts by the Holy Spirit, and the Lord moved among us in a powerful way. We had hours of prayer, ministry to one another, some accapella worship, and Pastor Chris and I layed hands on those who asked for special prayer. As I prayed for the group to receive a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit a cool wind blew through the hot room, like a cool drink to our souls. What an awesome time we had with the Lord....
Tomorrow will be a full work day; we'll be moving 8 dumptruck loads of dirt, by hand, into the Church to level the floor. After we compact the dirt we'll start pouring and finishing the concrete cloor. A second team will be moving dirt and tring to re-direct the massive amounts of water that is running into the property during the rainy season.
We are praying for you all, and even though we miss you, we are right where Jesus wants us to be