Day 6 - Only the Drunk People Drive Straight

This morning, we decided to finish painting the roof and planting the garden. However, plans were short lived when the rain came pouring down on us. Instead, Gary gave us a devotion on being a light to the world. He talked about being testigos (witnesses) and how as Christians, we each have a different testimonio (testimony) to share. Just because we do not have a crazy salvation story does not make our testimony less important. When one person believes, all the angels celebrate and rejoice (Luke 15:10)! Gary also mentioned that in our lifetime, we will shed light on a minimum of 10,000 people. Wow!

We headed for Tirrases in the afternoon. Brandon's lesson today was on the Shield of Faith. His lesson consist of showcasing different types of shields, then tying it together with the concept of protection and united in faith. Danielle came up with the crafts for today. Kids were to use construction paper, stickers, and styrofoam plates to create a shield for themselves. The only instruction was that they had to write "Fe" (Faith) across their shield. 

  Axel showing off his shield of faith

Axel showing off his shield of faith

  Javier with his armor and shield

Javier with his armor and shield

  Left to right: Camilo (6), Steven (8), and Javier (10)

Left to right: Camilo (6), Steven (8), and Javier (10)

And look who learned how to hold a baby... Just kidding! Karina was holding the baby for a mom who was really interested in doing the craft. Every mom seemed to be very engaged in all the lessons and activities.

  Karina holding a baby 

Karina holding a baby 

  #CutestPicture #LisaMaiProductions

#CutestPicture #LisaMaiProductions

After crafts, we took the kids out to a nearby park to play. The road to the park was filled with doggy business (since nobody picks up after their dogs). Along the way, we saw some of the shacks (these were the "high end" houses) and it broke my heart to imagine anything worse. 

  The road to the park

The road to the park

  "High end" housing in Tirrases

"High end" housing in Tirrases

During the time that we were at Tirrases, I found Sara (Julio's mother) sitting outside by herself. I quickly filled the spot next to Sara and started talking to her via. google translator. I asked how she was doing and why she was alone. Sara told me that she was just thinking about her health condition and how worried she was for her kids if anything were to happen to her. She started tearing up as I sat there holding her hand. I told her that our all our worries should be uplifted to God, that God really wants to hear us, and that he is stronger than any and every cancer. I then prayed for her and this was her prayer request:

  1. Good health and healing from cancer
  2. Her children will stay in the bible school and grow up to be good Christians
  3. That she will never lose faith in the Lord despite her current circumstances

In the evening, we had dinner with Gary and Gretel. Gary made a very delicious chicken lasagna that was quickly in my stomach and treated us to ice cream after. He invited the twins and Luna (the granddaughter of Norma and Melvin, who is hosting Brandon and Melissa) to come get ice cream with us, and we went to a place called Pops. They had guanabana ice cream! I was very excited because if you've been reading my blog since day one, you would understand my love for guanabana.

  Pops for ice cream!

Pops for ice cream!

While we were coming back from ice cream, Brandon said to Gary in the car, "Wow, this is like an obstacle course because there are so many potholes and random poles on the street." Gary replied with, "that's why only the drunk people drive straight!" Haha.

Prayer Request :)

  1. Lesson plans for Pavas, as we will be collaborating with another group. Also, safety when we are in Pavas since it is a dangerous city.
  2. Spiritual Warfare at Tirrases, that the kids will be attentive as we teach our last lesson on the armor of God

Spanish Phrase of the Day: Como Estas (which means how are you... I ask the kids this question after saying hello to them and kissing them on the cheek)

In his Love,

Lisa Mai