Quote of the week : "If I weren't on Lexapro, I would be crying right now."
-said by a team member during Compassion day.
So we decided that it would be more fun this year to give you all a quick weekend update every week instead of trying to write a newsletter once a month. The problem is that so much happens each month and then we have a small novel to try to find time to write and you have a small novel to try to find time to read. So here goes the first one, let's see if we can sum it all up in less than 1000 words....
The new team center at Iglesia Bethania is complete!!! It was like an HGTV reality show trying to finish the final parts just hours before the team landed. Fortunately, they were delayed and we got it all done. This first group gave it a 5 star rating, so it was worth all of the hard work. It was so nice to have the group stay on sight and not have to bus them back and forth to their lodgings. It allowed so much more free time to build relationships with everyone at Bethania.
We were blessed to have a real contractor and his wife (Ron and Samantha Zundel) come to visit the week before to help us figure out how to do this remodel. Samantha helped to develop some new jewelry designs for the women to make too. They still found time to teach the marriage class together. If you are interested in any of this coin jewelry, let us know and we can send it to you.
The team from The Summit Church had an incredible week. Dr. Daniel Bryan came back for the third time, and along with Kiera Dison (a med student), they made house calls and saw about 50 patients. Emily Hanlin and Mason Sawtelle had never been out of the country before this trip, but they jumped right in and learned everything they could about the new culture. Kayce Clodfelter and Matt Evans were naturals with the children in our new churches. Mallorie Dennis came over from her home in Masaya to help us out too and taught everyone how to sing "What a Beautiful Name it is" in both Spanish and English.
The Zundels and the team from The Summit Church both witnessed (and suffered from) the shortage of water during the dry season. This hardship resulted in both groups deciding to raise money for water tanks. We installed and dedicated the first water tank at Catalina and Isador's house this past week. This family only gets the water turned on once every 2-3 weeks. They have to try to save some in barrels and buckets to last when it is turned off. Now that they have a water tank, they will have enough in reserve to hold them over each time that there is no water. We now have 6 more water tanks sponsored at $375 each!!! If you would like to help with this water tank project, you can donate here.
We had the most incredible experience earlier this month when we took Franklin, our deaf student, to receive his hearing aide. He was using it before, but it wasn't programmed correctly and so it wasn't benefitting him much. When it was fitted correctly for the first time, the look on his face was priceless. He was crying and laughing at the same time. He practiced saying the word "Mama" over and over and, of course, his mother was in tears too. Pray for Franklin as he decides what he wants to do with his life next. He is very afraid of trying new things and working in the carpentry shop.
Romans 13:9-15 (summarized)
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically... When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality... Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!