Wow! Once again, it is hard to put into words what we experienced today! After hanging the doors, putting the roofs on and painting the inside of the houses – we asked each family if they had any special pictures or verse they wanted painted on their wall. Two of the families wanted verses 1-3 of Psalm 23 and three of the families wanted Winnie the Pooh (and friends)!
When painting was all done and our house were all cleaned inside and out – we began dedications. The team who had built the house went inside the house with their family, presented gifts that we had bought/brought for them, Dan told a little story to help turn the conversation spiritual, Hermano Jesus gave a short message and then individually asked each family member if they wanted to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The whole family and team members recited the Salvation prayer and then there were hugs all around and many tears of joy as we welcomed them into God’s family!
The remaining team members stayed outside and prayed, sang, read scripture and lifted the family and team members inside up to God. In the first two houses, most everyone accepted Jesus right away. There was a single mom who was really struggling so the team focused all their praying on her and layed hands all around the house. After a few minutes – Dan came outside and told us that she had asked Jesus into her heart! Praise God!!
The second house, we began praying for the team and family inside and soon one of the team members came out and told us that we needed to pray for the heat to go away because the woman inside was very uncomfortable. So, we all focused our prayers on asking God to move the sun behind a cloud, send a cool breeze and cool the woman internally. Within a few minutes – the sun disappeared, a rather strong breeze blew through and the woman stopped sweating immediately! Amazing God!!
The third house – we soon learned was going to be the most difficult dedication. The father in this house – had many issues that he was dealing with. Outside, the team was faced with many distractions. It began raining very hard which made it next to impossible for us to hear anything under the tin roof and the kids around us were being very noisy. We prayed and prayed and prayed for the young father, fought against all the distractions Satan was sending to us – and in the end, God once again proved that He is GREATER and STRONGER than any other thing!
The family in the fourth house were already believers, however, they had not personally accepted Jesus as their Savior. But, Hermano Jesus individually asked each one of them if they wanted Jesus in their heart and they all said yes. The mom wasn’t quite sure at first – but after a few minutes she said “yes.” Hallelujah!!
Before we left, we all gathered at one of the villagers house, and the children sang some songs for us. It was so amazing! Then, one of the ladies got very emotional and said a blessing over us. She expressed her sincere gratitude for all we had done during our three days there. She recognized the sacrifices we had made to come there and then her final words were: “We don’t say goodbye here, we say we will see you later. And, if we don’t see each other here on earth, we will see each other in heaven!” What a terribly moving moment for us all! It was very hard to say goodbye – there were many tears and hugs but what an incredible thing to know that we truly will spend eternity with these “new brothers and sisters!” OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!!!