This has been a most unusual trip. While our team work is going well, our team mates have had rough times spiritually and emotionally. But God is close to the broken hearted and promises to restore us!
We continue to pour ourseelves out as a fragrant offering. We are daily restored to do it all over again! There have been many wonderful stories..I will share one I experienced.
The first day of our teaching seminar, a man walked in with an eagerness to learn. Somehow I noticed him and felt there was something special about him. Throughout the day, I would smile and encourage his work and be sure to make contact with him.
As the days progressed, we felt a bonding in the Lord. The third day, he wanted to tell me that my smile made him happy. I shared with him that I felt that God would be using him mightily for the children of the Amazon and I prayed for God to bless him in a big way.
Fourth and final day, we prepared a graduation ceremony for all the partcpants. Also, we had all the groups come up and present lesson to the team. We were now the students! Wow, they did a fabulous job. When Sabino got up there with his team, he electrified the room with his presence and passion!
Afterwards, he called me over to him. With a translator, he began to speak to me in a way so sincere it made me weep. With tears in his eyes he told me a number of things but the one most important was this...
Because of your obvious love for children, you have inspired me to keep your love in my heart to commit to bringing children to the King! He said I have been a touch of heaven to him and he will carry that in his heart in all his does with children. Remembering my love and kindness...
Then he gave me a most beautiful bracelet. I learned that two years ago he was deep in bad stuff. God has transformed this mans life for eternity. Now, he will go out and make a difference in lives of children. WOW..
I have tucked that moment in my heart where it will stay forever!
Tomorrow we go as a whole team out to the jungle, with the bugs and mud, to work at an orphage. We are all looking forward to that! We commit to bringing joy, fun, laughter, love and zillions of smooches!
Thank you for reading this. Continue to pray please for our safety and health.
The finish line for this mission is in sight!