Much has happened since our last post!! We had a great chapel service last night with the missionaries here at IDT, and Pastor Raul really encouraged us in Matthew as we studied his walking on the water. We also got to encourage the missionaries with all that God did with the shoes, the media, and most of all that THEIR LABOR IN THE LORD IS NOT IN VAIN! GOD SEES THESE MISSIONARIES and chooses to use all sorts of things, even shoes, to encourage his servants! Last night after chapel we also were able to bless the local orphans with shoes, and as we did, we heard one of them run to the home director, "LOOK!! LOOK WHAT I GOT!!!"
We also wanted to tell you a really neat story from yesterday. We got an ADORABLE pair of shoes on a baby girl, and the pastor's wife of the Calvary Chapel here, her name is Rita, told us the story of the little girl who got those shoes. Her mother was sold at the age of 12 by her father (who is a witch). This is sadly common in Triqui culture. Rita explained that the one pair of shoes is probably the best thing she has ever experienced in her entire little life. We pray that JESUS would be that best thing as she grows!!
Today many of us built furniture at the Dome, while Raul and Mike labored on the filtration system here at IDT. If they can fix the system, it will save the missionaries nearly $200 a month. Please pray!
Please also pray for one family in particular that we met today - the dad is a severe alcoholic. We asked his kids how we could pray for them, and the little boy said, "That Dad wouldn't drink anymore." Please pray for them, as the father is not open to the Gospel (we shared it with him). We go back to them tomorrow with shoes.
Please continue to pray! We love you all very much - and LOVE that you said you are ON THIS TRIP WITH US, as God worked in us all together and in prayer even before we left.