It is early Sunday morning and I can hear many roosters crowing. Amazingly, the dogs don't seem to be barking today - maybe they also have a day of rest on Sunday. It looks like it's going to be another beautiful clear day.
Yesterday we were involved in the Samaritans Purse Christmas shoebox distribution. It was a big production, with the local children showing us their dancing and singing talents. The children also opened two pinatas and it was total chaos when the candies fell out. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. While the children partied, the adults were sitting on the new foundation of the house which was poured the day before. We had the opportunity to pray with some of them and ask God to answer their prayer requests.
Then the shoeboxes were distributed, along with the candy bags we had made the day before, and the cupcakes we had decorated, which Maddi and Monica had prepared. By the way, these kitchen ladies are incredible - the food here is so good and they make sure we are not hungry. Gracias ladies!
After having lunch at the site, the men began to set up the base of the walls using styrofoam blocks with rebar drilled through them. The ladies were going to paint inside the baby blue house but we will have to wait for another day, as there was another two inches of concrete added to the floor so we couldn't walk inside the house. So we were all supervisors on the job site - I'm sure the men appreciated that! :)
In the evening, most of the team went to an evangelistic service pastored by Ernesto, while some who had stayed back at the work site to finish arrived at the mission too late to follow, so their evening was spent relaxing at the mission.
God has been doing amazing things in the lives of the local people as well as the team, and it has been great to keep getting to know each other better. After the things we have seen here, I know that I, for one, will not be taking everyday conveniences for granted again.
The sun will be coming up soon and I'm sure it will be another beautiful miracle. Today we are attending a church service in the morning at Pastor Rafael's church, and then it's lunch at the beach. Later we will be viewing the house and church which was the project of the last team in March, and attending another service.
Praise the Lord for health and protection for the team. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, and I ask especially for those of us today who have left family members back home. Trust me, you are always in our thoughts and prayers.