What do beans and rice, beads, pipe cleaners, soccer balls, Bibles, a pinata and glow sticks have to do with sharing the light of Jesus? Well, in El Platanal these are a few of the items we used on Monday with the children and their families.
As our bus pulled into the community of El Platanal we were greeted with excitement as people pouring out of their houses and children racing to the church to meet us.
We spent time interacting with the people while distributing beans and rice, making bracelets using pipe cleaners and beads, and playing soccer. During these activities testimonies were shared.
Later we all divided into groups and went prayer walking throughout the community. As we were invited into people's homes we prayed with them and provided Bibles for their family. We also invited them to a celebration that evening at the church.
Our celebration was a GLOW party with over 200 people in and around the church! We had black lights, glow-in-the dark necklaces and bracelets, florescent face paint, and music. Although glow sticks are common to us, this was brand new to the people here in El Platanal. The celebration ended with a pinata. Candy went everywhere.
We left excited to return on Tuesday.
Peg Grimsley and Brittany Kelly