Yesterday was a good day. MUCH progress was made on the building–God extended grace and mercy again to the team in various ways. We are a blessed people!
The heat has left us drained at the end of the day–somehow we managed to partake of food…and some have managed a bit of ice cream. Not sure how that will affect their eating habits when they get home…but for now, what happens in Bolivia–stays in Bolivia. 🙂 (But now you know)
Kassi and I took a walk today -and again, among the broken down looking houses, the sand piles embedded with broken glass and pottery, you will find pieces of beauty. This tree was one.
This face was another. When I asked her if I could take her photo, she quickly covered her face on one side where there was a bandaid. I assured her she was very beautiful…which indeed she is.
On our walk, we saw things–talked of God things, shed a tear or two–and discovered that God has been speaking to each one of us in similar ways–and the enemy has used the same stinkin’ tactics on both of us…go figure. You’d think he would come up with a new plan.
But just as this young girl thought she was not beautiful, we think so often that because of our past–or even our present, that God certainly cannot make a good future.
Jeremiah 29:11 says: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
He has a plan. It is for our good–and His glory…and while we work through the parts of our lives that require the “yes” word, He is moving and changing things all around us…things we possibly will never know about.
The little girl that you’ve seen pictures of from many of our team members with the feet that are turned in–she walks with a walker.
She is an absolutely beautiful child–11 years old. Through better communication today, we discovered her name is “Ruth”. She is 11 years old and 8 years ago, she had a surgery on her colon to remove a tumor. She has other medical issues other than what you see. It’s not just her feet. She also has to catheterize herself in order to void daily.
Her dad is an alcoholic. She lived just across from the church we built (yes, we completed our part today!), but her mother doesn’t take her to church. She goes on her own. She also looks after her niece and her little cousin. Both are 2 years old. You can see them both in the picture there…So–try and imagine your life right there…with those problems. BUT GOD.
God has a purpose and plan for her life. We may not know what it is–but God will use her–and HE has already–to reach other people.
This was a day for major tears as the team knew that goodbye’s were drawing near– they have encountered life and people they didn’t expect.
I’ve done some video interviews, and our audio/visual director at church will compile a video presentation for an upcoming service–in October. (You need that much time to go through the hundreds of photos taken this week!)
TOMORROW, Ruth will get a new walker. Several of the team members decided the broken and disproportional walker she currently uses will not work for her much longer as she is growing.
She is pictured here in front of her house. This is her play area…
Did I mention the tears?
And yes, several team members wanted to take her home. I think if we brought home all those who we wanted to bring, our church would grow by leaps and bounds by Sunday!
Okay–tomorrow we will visit the church we built in Don Lorenzo village–then the school where we ministered to the kids last year. We are super excited to see them all again. Yes, for those team members who went last year, we will tell them you said “hi”, and you miss them 🙂
David–we are praying for you–ever team member–every day. I love you so much 🙂 We still trust and believe God for your complete healing. God didn’t do what He did to stop now. We wait before Him with anticipation at the next miracle.
See you all tomorrow–hopefully I will be able to blog–I’m about to fall asleep right now 🙂
But–I have a God moment from Today…and it amazed me to pieces…. Just wait for it. 🙂
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