Quote of the week: "Te amo!" -said to Ella by a random man in the Easter parade wearing a tutu, a scary mask, and a crazy hat.
Five years ago a cute little 9 year old signed up for my English class. She laughed constantly, gave the best hugs, and lit up a room. Soon she was a part of the youth group, then Sunday School, and then volunteering to serve with the youth. Within a year, she was my daughters' friend and the best friend of everyone at the church. It has been such an honor to watch her grow and mature in her relationship with Jesus. This weekend, Nathaly chose to be baptized at the lake in El Menco. We are so proud of her and love her so much!!!
Two other youth were baptized also: Jennifer (from Iglesia Bethania) and Enoc (from El Menco).
Many members of Iglesia Bethania traveled down for the day to witness these important events. We made a day of it and played at the beach until everyone was sunburnt and exhausted.
The El Menco community caught fish that morning and cooked them for us to eat for lunch.
We had a special service at the new church in El Menco when we first arrived. A few weeks ago, Iglesia Bethania took some volunteers down to add on to the church structure. They used funds from their Dia de Cosecha (Harvest Festival) in February. The original structure was built last July by the youth team from The Summit Church. The church is now twice as big! We were able to dedicate this new addition all together.
...and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ... 1 Peter 3:21
*written while applying aloe to my sunburn. Sunscreen is 0% effective this month.