"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being ROOTED and grounded in LOVE, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

~Ephesians 3:14-21

Thursday, January 26, 2012

First Day With No Power 01.21.12 (Sunday Service)

Thankfully we knew this power outage was coming. The Villa Milagro Team let us know yesterday that the power would go out around 7am. We knew there would be lots to do to prepare for church today and make sure that we would all be ready and dressed in time to walk to church. We woke up today at 5am (showers the night before) and got breakfast made and clothes ironed. We are still living out of our luggage, but after a short period of digging and looking through several of them we managed to find all the kids clothes and shoes. Once the light started flickering, we moved the plastic ice containers from the freezer and put them on the food and told the kids to not open the refrigerator door.

We are set for church and grabbed our items needed to do our first walk as a family to Monte Sion Church (church started by Villa Milagro). The kids loved the 20-25 minute walk. All along the dirt road, the kids saw many exciting things. The view of the mountains was amazing! We were greeted by numerous dogs just wandering down the road, sheep, and pigs. We had to cross a small creek and jump from rock to rock (praying that we would not fall in and wet our shoes). Lots of cars and buses passed by us driving really close to us as if we were not even there. We walked with some of our friends from Villa Milagro and as we walked they taught us some Spanish by pointing to things along the way and told us the Spanish name. The church is very beautiful with lots of wood in the main sanctuary area. Sunday School classes are held in the school class rooms behind the church. I stayed with Autumn in her class. There were about 7 little girls her age and they all were so precious. Autumn was very shy but soon starting to warm up to others. It is amazing what some crayons and coloring pages will do to help make little girls leave their mommy's lap. Not a word was spoken by any of the girls, but they shared crayons and you could see each one of them looking to each other papers to see how others were doing and what colors they used. 

We found that resources are few for the teachers. It broke my heart to see only tiny broken crayons (some difficult to even hold) and no lessons to use. The teacher used traced paper that someone had traced coloring pages with to share and pass out to the kids. The kids wanted me to color with them. As I colored I tried to figure out a way to let them see or hear about God's Word. I brought my Spanish Bible and started to write John 3:16 (in Spanish) on the girls papers. I am not sure if this helped or not, but I wanted to at least attempt to teach them about God's love. 

We are praying for more resources for teaching. I remember being at home and if a crayon would barely break (we would consider it useless), but here you use them until they are almost nubs. This was our first time at the church and we are not sure of all the needs, but hopefully we will continue to see areas where we may be able to help.

The worship service was amazing. Lots of singing and praying and we were able to gather that the sermon was on the blind man (Matthew 9:27-31). We could not understand the message but one thing we could see was the overall passion and love for Jesus from the church members. It was so beautiful! 

After church, we walked back home. The lighting in the house from the windows made it possible to see. We had filled up water bottles early in the morning, so we had plenty of water. By the early evening, the power was back on and we were able to cook a meal before venturing out to church again for the evening service. 

Today was truly a day of giving thanks and rest!

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." - Exodus 20:8

Monte Sion Church (you can see the church with the steeple on top and iron gated entrance)!

I tried below to capture the street that leads to the church...I am so sorry for the bouncy video 
(we will try to get better:)

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