It is hard to put words to all we experienced yesterday, but we will try.  We began our day with a great devotional time led by John Woods.  As one who said he felt out of his comfort zone leading our devotional time, God used him to speak great wisdom in our lives.  John focused on us not allowing the world or others to define our identity. He used the example of David, a mere shepherd boy, who if he let those around him define him would never have allowed God to use him to slay the giant.  Peter, who denied His Savior vehemently, was given a second chance and God used him to build a gathering of believers that carries on to this day.  And Paul, who begged God to remove the “thorn in his flesh”, found power to live through his weakness to be one of the greatest evangelists in history.  He ended with this verse:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Several of us went to work sorting the food for the nine families we would be delivering to in the afternoon.  Cianel, Kristen, and Kathy joined the team on the home work site. Karen went to shop for electrical items needed to finish the house and to buy items to fill this family’s house.  The Mom and son who are receiving the house, joined the work site and even joined the team for lunch.  The vitamins that were so generously donated by a pharmacist in Morgantown were distributed to the kids.  John and Brett assisted Barry in the workshop to build the beds for the house.

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After the CDI finished up for the day, we loaded up teams of people into a few vehicles and drove into the community to deliver food items, toothbrushes & toothpaste, and the gospel to selected families in the community.  This is always a humbling and encouraging time.  Yes, there is incredible poverty, but that is not what stood out the most.  What is amazing is the courage, strength and resilience you see in the people that we met.  Grandmothers raising 8 to 10 children, mothers who spoke of the God who is always with them, families who speak of great love for God, Iglesia Gran Comision and for their gratitude to have their children to be able to be a part of the CDI. The church we partner with here is making an incredible impact in this community.  In the midst of delivering food, the rains came down hard.  But, it felt great!  Yesterday was by far one of the hottest days we have encountered.  So, we did some serious dancing in the rain.  Peter, who works at the CDI, gave some of our team a great tour on the path that most of the CDI kids make their way to school as we made our way back to our host homes.

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If that wasn’t enough to make our day, we ended the day by meeting for dinner at the church with all our host families.  We started doing this a few years ago and it has become quite the highlight.  The cooks from the CDI made a wonderful meal and served our favorite Tres Leches cake for dessert.  Then we gathered in a room so each of our team members could share something about the host family that we are staying with.  Oh, how we wish you could have been there – lots of laughter and some tears of joy!  Comments shared included:

  • I was really nervous traveling for the first time without my family, but when I walked in your home I didn’t feel like a guest, you made me feel like part of your family.
  • I was nervous about staying with some random family in a country I have never been in.  Thank you for making me feel so at home.  I am going to be so sad to leave.
  • Your hospitality towards us has been beautiful.  Eating family meals in the morning and evening have been so great.
  • We come down to serve your church and community and yet we find ourselves being served so greatly.

It was a beautiful night, surrounding by beautiful families who will be a part of our lives and hearts forever.  It is so cool to be part of the family of God.

Blessings to you all and continued prayers appreciated.  Until tomorrow . . .