Pastor Anderson was to collect us from our last accommodation at 7am, so that we could move home and start work early. Well in true South America style he arrived at 9:45am. Sister Picketta met us as we got of the bus with a warm welcome. After we had breakfast we went to Cristo Redentor Church and meet a bunch of lively children. This was great fun. A nursery school meets here every day and Anderson leads an Assembly on Monday Mornings.
We then went on the rocky bus journey to San Pedro Church. Once we had lunch, then we went to visit a couple of families. Firstly to the home of Carmela. There we met her sister and Mother. This is a home which is in mourning because just last week Carmela's Grandmother passed away. We sang a hymn with them, I attempted to read Psalm 23 and Ruth prayed for them. Then we went to the home of Susanna and her family. This was a house we visited on our last occasion. Susanna and her children Carlitos, Elizabeth and Ciara where there. Her husband Orando was out at work. Susanna is a lovely Godly lady who is just full of Grace of Truth, however she has had a hard life. Since we last saw her she has had to have an operation for Cancer, also her husband Orando is an alcoholic and whenever he gets paid from work, he goes and drinks heavily. In the home I read to her from Philippians 4:19 and 20 and prayed with them. As I was praying I could feel the Lord leading me to 1st Timothy 4:11-14 and sensed the Lord saying this to Carlitos. So I read it to him and Susanna and explained that the Lord loved him so much and that if he stayed close to the Lord, then God would do mighty things in his life and he would lead many to Jesus. It was an emotional moment for all in the room.
So what will today bring? We will just have to wait and find out, but one thing I am sure of - The Lord God is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9).
Oh and of course, yesterday was Emma's birthday so Happy Birthday was sang a few times and in a few places!
Thank you for praying for us and we ask you to keep doing so:
- All the travelling that we will do because it is like the wacky races here
- For Carmela and her family in their time of bereavement
- For Susanna and her family. Especially her husband that he will be able to use the help offered through the church to stop drinking
- For Carlitos that he will stay close to the Lord and grow up to be a mighty warrior for Jesus
- 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