As part of our morning devotions, Janine gave each of us a painted stone or shell from Topsail Beach to remind us of the love of Christ and of home.
Christian Fish and Crosses
Each day we've been teaching the children Bible verses, singing, playing and praying with them. Today, Marilyn and Daniel talked with them and prayed with them to accept Jesus into their hearts. It was such a sweet and special time.
Afterwards, we wanted to give the children symbols to keep reminding them of Jesus's love. So Jim and Burch practiced up on their balloon art and made the kids "Christian fish" symbols to wear as hats. Nell told a story of how years ago, the fish was a secret symbol designed to represent a Christian in times of persecution.
All along this trip we've been giving out little wooden cross necklaces and learned to say "que Dios te bendiga" which means "May God bless you" in Spanish. The children were so happy to wear their necklaces as they left today.
Along with teaching them about Jesus, Janine took the opportunity to teach them colors in English which they loved.
And I need to mention that Nell now has a "fan club" as the children love her blond hair and sweet spirit. They flock to her and call her name when they see her.
Love for the Stove Teams
We are fortunate to be with such an awesome group of people on this trip, which allows us all to experience both working with the children, and installing stoves so we can meet the adults and pray with them in their homes.
Today Susan joined Rick, Adolfo and Rich's team and felt the blessings of being able to make someone's life easier and safer.
All week we wondered how the children wore such clean, fresh clothes to VBS each day when they live in homes with dirt floors. Now we know since Susan took pictures of the women washing their clothes. They work very hard to take care of their children and their homes.
Today David, Frances and Freddie installed stoves together. Freddie said all of the children touched her heart but she especially loved being trusted to hold a sweet five-month old baby who stopped crying in her arms.
Joe and Ken's team worked hard installing stoves and praying with families as usual. They enjoy doing the Lord's work together and bragging about being the best team. :)
Joe spotted this beautiful bull yesterday and the men tying him up said he would be dinner the next day. With hunger such a problem here, I'm glad for those people who will receive this much-needed protein.
I'm Karen, a member of the EAMC Mission Team from Topsail Beach, N.C. I hope to share our experiences of ministering to the Mayan villagers of Guatemala though our photos and bits of information about our day-to-day projects.