Happy Sunday, Readers!
It's been a crazy past couple of days, so thank you for bearing with us and our inconsistent blogging.
Sunday began with breakfast. A plate of eggs, with bread and jelly, and a glass of orange juice and/or LOTS of coffee! With our fair share of protein, we jumped on the bus and headed to church. Edgar has been our valiant bus driver for the week! Miss Alison spoke at our first church, Centro de Alabanza. They do celebrate Father's Day here in Peru, so at the beginning of every service she gave honor to the men who are either earthly or spiritual fathers. Miss Alison spoke on David and being a man after God's own heart, our Heavenly Father.
As the service ended, the altar call was super special. It's always one of my favorite things to be a part of. When you immerse yourself in fully being God's advocate, and let the Holy Spirit run through you like water, you witness some beautiful things. The first woman I prayed for came up and clung to me. Every once in a while, I glanced down at her facial expressions and watched as tears streamed down her face. When I was in Haiti, the people would typically walk away once you finished praying, but these people were so content where they were. That being said, as I started walking over to the next person, I looked over and saw our entire team making their way through the crowd, praying for people one-by-one. It was a really cool sight to see.
Another thing that I love when praying for people, is to receive visions or words from God to speak over them. There was one man I prayed for, and words began free flowing out of my mouth. I wasn't even thinking, I just spoke. I prayed for the daughters one man was going to have. I prayed for a man and his entrepreneurship. And to revive a woman's dreams that she had when she was 6 years old. It was amazing! We even saw a man get up from his wheelchair and walk. He had been in a wheelchair for 7 years, and hadn't tried walking in 2. Pretty amazing, right? Praise God!!
The second church we went to was in the mountains - in a desolate area where people live in shacks. In fact, one of CrossPoint's past teams helped build the church - one of the only brick buildings in the area, and one on which people were saved when the recent floods took our most of the homes in the area. Our team walked up to the roof and prayed over the church, as well as the surrounding community. Not many people showed up to the service. The Pastor explained that one, it was Father's Day, and two, it was difficult to bring people in. However, they were spending a lot of time and effort in pouring into their youth. They understood how important it is since they are the next generation of leaders and influencers.
On the way back to Pat's Place, I sat next to my Peruvian sister, Elizabet. We made conversation, thanks to our basic knowledge of each other languages, and my Spanish-English Dictionary. She is 19 and in college.
After a quick stop at Pat's Place, we were back on the bus. We made it to our last church for the day, which is actually run by the same pastor that oversees the mountain church. Liz and I shared our testimonies and Keili shared John 3:16 with the congregation. Mario brought an AMAZING word in Spanish. The team has yet to find out what it was, but by his passion and enthusiasm, we are confident that he rocked it. Check out the posts from the church at www.facebook.com/iglesiacristianaelrenuevo.
Finally, to end a long day, we headed to a place called Norky's for dinner. It was here that I experienced Bette's level of hangry. Here is a public announcement that BETTE IS A VEGETARIAN! Poor thing, all she wanted was rice and fries. While the rest of us dug into some delicious chicken and rice, her patience was being tested. First came the rice. While waiting for her fries, I suggested that she dig in to her rice. It seemed like the sensible thing to do, right? "It doesn't work like that, boo," she replied. Mm girl. Her fries finally arrived, and she was a happy camper.
The double A package (Amber and Andon) arrived once we returned home. After introducing ourselves, we all headed up to bed.
And thus concludes a busy Father's Day in Peru.
Soul Wins on Day Two: 19!!
-Sawyer (aka #14)