Psalm 33:20 - We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
This scripture is exactly what the people here believe.
We (Melissa and Heather) are thrilled for this opportunity to serve and experience the greatness of God. We had a practice day on Monday and learned several songs in Spanish with the motions, several dramas, and illustrations. We hit the ground running on Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 7:15 am with praise and worship on the roof before loading the bus and heading to the neighborhoods to see what this was all about. We started both mornings at a school and then a local church in the afternoon. We have had the same schedule and presented the same material at each place but each location presents a different story. We were unsure of what to expect but knew our mission was to go with a willing heart and to share Jesus with everyone that we come into contact with. At each location the children enter with such excitement, as if some big celebrity had arrived at their school. They smiled as we walked around trying to introduce ourselves and we don’t just mean smiled, we mean smiles that would melt anyone's heart. These children live in a community that is so dirty and broken and these children were smiling and happy! The homes are (mostly one 10x10 room) with dirt floors, bamboo walls, and a metal roof. (Note: the homes of the early settlers at Burritt Mt. would have been castles here.)
We have realized many things on this trip and are sure we will realize even more before we return home. However, what we are reminded of most is how much we have and how much we take for granted every minute of every day. The thing that really amazed us the most was that the children here have nothing but they do not seem to notice. They continue to smile because with Jesus they have HOPE.
We hope that every one of you will have the opportunity to come and experience this for yourselves because it is impossible to describe the emotions that are involved with each child just wanting a little bit of attention and love shown to them. We have so many special stories that we would love to share with you but not the time to type them all. We have a few pictures below to show some of the things that we have talked about.
Heather and Melissa