With previous teams it has often been commented that a real test for us would be to stay in the middle of the community where the churches are. I think we got a taste of what that would be like at the retreat centre. To say it is basic would be an understatement. I am not even sure how to begin to describe it. The centre was about 2 hours east of Lima, high up in the Andes. The scenery and natural surroundings where breath taking, and I found myself getting up really early just to watch the sunrise - and it didn't disappoint. The facilities were...hmmmm....really basic! I think enough said! Those who have been out here before will know exactly what I mean when I say basic. We really don't have anything at home to compare it to.
Last night (Sunday) I was preaching in Cristo Redentor on Luke 24 and what it means to hear the words of Jesus "Peace be with you" in our hearts. It was a fantastic service full of enthusiasm and charisma and the little church was filled to capacity with a few people standing outside. Two people where baptised at the service and one baby dedicated. It was so lovely to see all those familiar faces again and to experience again the warmth of their welcome and love. After I had finished preaching, Anderson invited anyone who would like to receive prayer to come forward to the front where He and I would minister to them. I think half the church came forward. Then at the end of the service they prayed for me and for my move to Killyman in May.
Today is a rest day for us, after what has been a hectic few days of preaching and visiting. Thank you for your prayers and please do keep praying for:
- Health and safety
- A good rest today
- The men who attended the retreat
- Those who responded at the service last night