Once again, we had scrambled eggs, cheese, rolls, butter and jam for breakfast. We are thankful for the healthy breakfasts that Lara prepares for us each day. Lara is diector of Pat's Place and puts in a lot of extra time and effort to host mission teams here. Having teams come is important because they are the primary source of funding.
Papas Chucky and Brent went for a walk this morning and told everyone during breakfast that they saw a llama. With all the joking we've heard this week - not many of us believed them. Then Brent pulled out his phone and showed us pictures. The next adventure was identified - nearly the entire team went to see the llama (it was really an alpaca). Woohoo!
Our theme song for the week has become "Peace Be Still" by The Belonging Company, with Lauren Daigle. We worshipped to this song again this morning. Then Liz shared a word about hope. She referenced Psalm 27:13 as well as John and Revelation 22:21. We have hope in God! Despite current circumstances, we can be confident in Him! We took some time to have Mario give us his testimony ....IN ENGLISH :-). He's used it to preach twice this week but in Spanish both times. So, those of who are uni-lingual finally got to hear it!
Please continue to pray for Liz's health - as well as Sawyer's. They both have head colds and we want them well before getting on the plane tomorrow!! Brent is also nursing an infection in his finger. Emily is feeling well and back in full force! Rebecca's ankles are getting better - definitely out of "critical" stage. Thank God for His healing hand on them and for keeping the rest of the team healthy! We are all getting a little drained and could use some more rest. Even though we had an extra 15 mintues this morning, it doesn't seem like enough.
Amber shared "You are..." words for each of us before we finished up. It seemed that every word handed to each team member was completely appropriate and significant in what we've seen in them this week. The words encouraged all of us.
Now off to Alumni of Cambridge College to perform Martita's Heart, and spend some time playing with the kids. The children at this school range in ages from 5 years to teenagers. (As we were leaving Pat's Place, the Peru vs France soccer game came on and France scored... 1-0. We found out at the school that Peru lost ). We performed Martita's Heart in front of the entire school including the teachers. This is a great story which touches the hearts of the children here because they experience the same problems at home and in the neighborhoods. After the performance Papa Brent related the story to his life, basically giving his testimony again in a version that the children understood. He then provided them all the opportunity to ask Jesus into their heart. A total of 37 kids confirmed that they had prayed that for the first time and wanted Jesus in their hearts!! PTL!! Then Alison came up and talked about how to grow closer to Jesus. The three most important things are: 1) read the Bible, 2) pray, and 3) go to church. She ended up making a little game with it and all the kids got into it, repeating those three things over and over again. Then we asked for hugs - we all had to brace ourselves. They came running - most of them toward Keili! We were mobbed! But it was a ton of fun! Hudson and Keenan we're getting A LOT of attention from the teenage girls ;-). The younger kids started brining us pens and paper - they wanted all of our autographs! So sweet! Keenan (Mucho Fonz) got a picture with Luciera. And Hudson (Enrique) got a bunch of WhatsApp addresses from the mob of girls swarming around him - always the hearts breaker :-)
We headed over to Edgar's house to visit with his family. Yumi - his wife; Betsy - their daughter stricken with cerebral paulsy; and there three boys; Josias, Liham, and Jeremy. They live in a home that Crosspoint helped provide them. He has been the ministry bus driver over the past 20 years. We visited with them and gave the boys gifts - one of them, a soccer ball. So, of course a game was started in the street and our younger team members played with the boys and several neighbor boys.
Edgar and Yumi's house has structural problems. They are concerned that the ceiling/roof will fall on them. They need to have the columns and roof replaced so that they can live safely, and build a second floor for the boys. Their family of six lives in a one floor flat no bigger than 1,000 square feet. They desparately need assistance to make repairs because Edgar's job is changing and he will be taking a pay cut. I'm sure you'll hear more about this in the future...the men have already started talking about a construction trip to help them get the repairs made.
That's Inca Kola in Heather's hand - just in case you were wondering :-)
Back to Pat's Place for some rest, but some of us decided that it was a good time to make a visit to the local market. Nothing compares to this market in the US. So much merchandise and so many people crammed into the market: outdoor "streets" (muddy, rocky broken up roads) or in the "building" (a bunch of shacks with corrugated roofing over them all). ...The chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs were not for sale as pets!
Another fantastic dinner - fried chicken, rice & fries, with fried plantains - by Lara, then we make plans on how to replace Sawyer in our last performance of Martita's Heart She and Mama LeAnne are staying back at the house. Sawyer needs to rest and heal for our last day in Peru and our trip home. So, Heather will play older Martita, Liz will take Heather's part, and Emily will play Martita's madre in LeAnne's stead. Now, off to church at Evangelica Pentacostal.
Another small pocket of Christianity here in Peru is worshipping tonight - and boy, are they worshipping! These people are joyful in their worship as we clap, sing and dance. Even the little ones are up front dancing! So, Liz, Andon and Keili join them! We all have fun worshipping our Father in heaven! Then Betty and Amber (Meghan) provide their testimonies...rapido ;-). A great performance of Martita's Heart only because of the fantastic jobs by our ad hoc understudies - Heather, Liz and Emily!! Miss Alison preached an awesome truth! The Lord has chosen you to: (fill in the blank) and trust the Lord as you do it! Step 1 - Say "Yes!" Step 2 - Clothe yourself in Christ, Step 3 - Do it for the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:19-20.
OK. Let's get back "home" to Pat's Place, rest up and start packing up for our trip home. We're all a little worn out and eager to get home, but conflicted because we are so enjoying loving these people in Peru and being loved by them. We've witnessed nearly 100 salvations this week!! We need to keep doing this good work! Now is the time to commit to coming back.
Kingdom Soul Wins for Day 6: 40
Signing off on Day 6, Brent (#11) for Sawyer (#14), mi hija.