-Derek is a silly, smelly, sleepy, cotton-headed ninny muggins.
-Kristen says peace and love to all muh home gurlzzz.
-Danika just ate an entire watermelon and is now going into convulsions. Also, she just opened a clam shell with her feet because she is ambidextrous.
-Jacob Steven Austin (Stone Cold) Taylor Michael Blackwell IV, invested in Nike. Wowzers.
-Although Jerry wanted to blog…yes, he did. He did want to blog…but due to legal obligations from his tribe back home, he was only allowed to say, “I am wearing a Hawaiian shirt and standing tall.”
-Our good friend Steph is awesome.
-Mel is transferring to Sterling College! Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!
-Daisy is cool. Like super cool.
-Kendra just jumped off the high dive and did a triple back flip. What talent!
-Brian aka John Cena, just body slammed 17 street dogs. And didn’t even get rabies. Yay.
-Aundraya rescued a caterpillar from dehydration and just wrote some ridiculous updates on the craziness of the trip. We’re starting to get a bit delusion. Now we want to update you for real…
Today was a full, sweaty, fun day of ministry, and we definitely learned a lot. God has allowed many opportunities for our team to stretch ourselves and learn about Him and the love He has for His people.
We got up bright and early this morning to head to a ministry called Precious Jewels. Precious Jewels is a place of love and freedom for children whose parents have died from a terminal illness, currently have one, or the child them self has some kind of illness. The team divided up to lead different stations (games, music, story, and crafts) for the 100 kids in attendance. We got to eat lunch with the kids and pass out backpacks with school supplies. Kids are seriously so awesome. Especially Filipino kids. Despite the trial and pain that these kids have had to deal with for a good chunk of their life, their joy is still so real. It is very encouraging.
After a full morning at Precious Jewels, we went to a woman’s correctional facility. On the first Saturday of every month, the facility allows the children of the women to come and attend a worship service with their moms. We were blessed enough to get to be a part of this month’s service. We shared three skits, the Gospel message, and Pastor Richard shared his testimony. It was definitely a powerful time and we pray the women and children were impacted eternally.
I believe God is teaching our team a whole stinkin’ lot. Individually and as a whole. The biggest thing I believe I am personally learning so far is the importance of trusting God with the outcome of our ministry. It is so hard to walk into a village, look around and see crazy amounts of poverty, hurting families, and children covered in filth, and not want to fix it all. It’s been difficult to share the Gospel with some kids, hang out for an hour with them as their personal human jungle gym, then leave to probably never see them again…all without wondering if our time there even made an impact. We cannot live like this, however. In Acts 3, Peter encounters a lame beggar and heals him. In verse 6, Peter says, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” This was really encouraging for me to read. In my ministry, I must not feel like I have to find a solution to every hurting person. I am not able to satisfy all of their needs. If the only thing I have to offer is the message of Jesus Christ, then that is enough. I must learn to be better obedient to what God asks of me, and trust Him to take care of the rest. He may ask me to plant a seed, and I may never get to know what came of that seed. As long as I am faithful in what He asks of me, He will take care of the rest. He is Provider and He is Faithful. He will meet needs.
Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. You are all awesome.
P.S. Dr. Hank has arrived! Whoop whoop! We’re stoked to spend time with our favorite South African in this beautiful country.