Caliente is Spanish for hot and that accurately sums up much of today.
It was 92 with a heat index of 102 and no wind today in El Platanal. As we wrapped up our time in Somitillo, San Fransisco del Norte, and El Platanal today we are coming away with many lessons and memories from our friends and co-laborers in Christ. It has been a joy and a privilege to serve alongside the pastors, deacons, and church member as we have sought to serve their communities. While we were able to bring specific gifts like medical treatment and training for their pastors. They provided us life lesson in contentment and joy in all situation.
We spent the day today in El Platanal and I am coming away from day humbled by the way the people in that community love, serve, and are genuinely care for each other. I had countless interactions with people and they are genuinely content and joyful in in a way many in the United States should be.
I had the privilege to sit down this morning with 15 pastors and teach them about God the Father and God the Son. These pastors love their churches and are hungry to learn so that they can teach their people. We had great conversations and they were helping to teach each other as they asked questions. We encouraged them to continue to meet together and discuss the materials so that they can continue to grow and be encouraged by one another. This afternoon Jay and myself spent 2.5 hours running around in the heat and humidity of the day playing soccer with about 20 kids and 2 of our translators. It was unbelievable hot and humid but the kids loved playing and I don't recall many drinking any water. I had to drink 2 bottles of water and 2 Powerades just to try and keep up with them. They were still running circles around me.
I had the privilege of preaching tonight at church. We talked about how you can know for sure that you are saved from 1 John 2:3-6. It was a joy to get to teach and encourage them from the scriptures. Edgar who helped us by giving eye exams and acting as van driver lead us in worship for the first time this trip and is an excellent singer.
To recap our last 4 days of ministry here is difficult as their have been so many blessing it is impossible to list them but a few highlights that I want to share are:
- 84 people came to Christ this week through the ministry of the clinic and pastors who shared the gospel with many hundreds of people after going to the clinic.
- 722 patients were seen in 4 days. 210 today alone.
- 220 pairs of glasses were provided to people this week. The wife of one of the pastors cried tears of joy when she realized she could read her Bible for the first time in a long time.
- Through a series of events this week Pastor Diomedes has had the opportunity to build a better relationship with government officials in this area especially one of the major political leaders. Our prayer is that through our interaction this week and the pastors continued interaction when we leave that this relationship will continue to grow and that they would come to know Christ.
Gloria a Dios, (Glory to God!)
Posted on Fri, October 23, 2015
by Jeff Wilson filed under