The last night in Las Margaritas, the Pastor stood and gave his thanks for our visit. Since I don't speak Spanish, there were only a few words that I understood during his heart-felt speech. But what needed no interpretation were the tears of gratitude that ran down his cheeks when he shared he had been praying for 5 months for the Lord to send someone to partner with his church to win souls in the region. It was at the end of those 5 months that he met Sergio and Beth Matassa, and the rest - as it is said in English - "is history."
He then began to address Vicki and I about what he saw in the training of the church lay leaders and the outpouring of the Spirit during the last program. "I don't know if they are rich or what," he went on to say. "But they did not ask anything of our church for this training. They just came and gave us this great gift." He asked if they could pray for our work and travels.
The church gathered around us and through tears of thanksgiving they prayed. It just doesn't get much better than that.
As the evening closed, the workers we trained all came up to hug us, shake our hands and express their thanks. One of the youngest said, "Please know that we have no way to repay you for what you have done for us. We all wanted to work with children but we didn't know how. Your labor of love will produce a great harvest!"
Vicki spoke up and said, "we are not rich, it is through the supply of our God and many people that we are able to come and do these things."
That means YOU!
We are able to go, because you have been faithful to send. You helped answer the prayers of a Pastor in a small church in Las Margaritas. Here, near the border of Guatemala, in a country many mission organizations have had to forgo travel to, prayers were heard and answered.
Thank you for helping us reach over 300 children and adults. Thank you for helping train and disciple children's ministry leaders to reach the village children long after we have left.
"Your gifts have resulted in many thanksgivings to God."
On the way again
Pray for our safety returning to the states
Pray for our health as we both will be serving at the Wounded Warrior Getaway
Pray for the luggage as always
Pray for the workers - the Harvest is white but the workers are few. Pastors all over the world are praying for help.
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