In the afternoon Anderson took us to visit a couple of homes, where the families had asked us to visit. The first home was where Paul lives. Paul is a young boy who attends some of the activities at the Church. We met his Mother and Brother. Paul has problems with his bowels and his brother Franco has a knee problem. We prayed with this family. On our way to the next home we had to pass the church where there was a gentleman waiting for us. He was not a member of the Church community but had heard that we are here and came to speak with us. He asked specifically to speak with Pastor Marcos. He wanted us to pray with him because he has a sore head and a sore neck.
We finally made it to the home of Santa who was patiently waiting for us to visit along with her daughters and parents. They all recently moved to the city from the mountains to try and get a better education for the children. The education system in Peru is strange. State education is free and every child is entitled to it, but there are not enough Schools nor School places, so not every child can go to school nor can afford to attend a private school. So Teachers are needed in the Church - The Church has the facilities but not the man power nor the financial resources needed to sustain it - anyone feel called to a challenge??
Today will be an interesting day at the Church. Our task this morning is to try and get as much of the painting finished as possible. This afternoon an army of Children will descend on the church for the compassion projects. At this the Children receive a bit of an education, have some bible teaching, and are given a good meal. Today we hope to give away many of the packs brought from Christ Church, Strabane. Anderson, like myself has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the People back home. Also there is a list of people who want us to visit their homes.
I do want to add that all the visiting we are doing is not people asking us for money. They are simply asking us to love them and pray for them.
In your prayers today, do please keep remembering us before the Lord and pray for:
- All the travelling that we will do because it is like the wacky races here
- For Susanna and her family. Especially thanking God for the witness she is to others in bringing them to the Church. She is telling a lot of people about Pastor Marcos!
- Pray for Sully and for the situation that she finds herself in. We gave her the bible yesterday and some other things. She seemed so moved by what we gave her and wanted us to know that she didn't tell us her story so that we would give her stuff. She wanted to take our shirts and wash them for us as a way of saying thank you.
- Pray for Paul that his bowels will move (this reminded me of someone at home, and that will no doubt giggle when the read this!!)
- Pray for Franco and his knee
- For Santa and her family - especially her husband as he violent towards her
- For the Children's programme today in the Church
- For our health that none of us will get sick from the change in food or water
- For our safety in both work and free time
- For our spiritual protection
- For Anderson, Isabel and the congregations we will be working amongst
- For our families and friends back home who are supporting us
- For opportunities to share the Gospel and that people will come to a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
- That we will remember enough of the Spanish that we have been learning - we need the gift of tongues.
- Most importantly that the name of Jesus will be glorified in all that we do and say