One week from today, I will be home. There are so many things I am looking forward to about coming home: seeing my family and friends, going to church, eating real food, and being able to drive. But, there are also a lot of things I am going to miss here. I’m going to miss the little smiling faces that run to give us a hug every day, the friendships I’ve made here with my partner and the churches we’ve worked with, and the craziness of the Latino culture.
We said some sad goodbyes this past week. Yesterday at the apartment church they brought a cake for us and gave us cards that the kids had all signed. It was sweet and we both were slightly emotional. I am so glad that the apartment church we started is going to be continued by some locals once we leave. Pray that the church will thrive and that the seeds that were planted this summer will continue to grow and produce changed lives. Pray for the people leading the apartment churches to be able to build relationships with the people quickly and for more people to join them in leading the after school programs.
This week is the long-anticipated ‘Around the Globe’ project. As of this morning we were unsure of how everything was going to happen, and even right now it is still a little iffy but, surprisingly I am not worried. It is all going to work out exactly how God has planned it. The goal of today was to pass out flyers and to plan for the rest of the week. Only four youth from the church showed up but, there is a local church who is also doing a mission week with their middle school and they joined us today and will come again tomorrow to help pass out flyers. It was cool to see how their leaders were teaching their youth to evangelize. The kids took turns explaining what was going on at the church and several groups got to pray with some of the people they met. We also got a story teller which was a huge answer to prayer. She is going to tell the story every day with some help from the puppets. Even if we don’t get any more people to help, the ones we have are going to be great. Pray that kids will show up tomorrow and that their hearts will be changed by the gospel. Pray that everything will go smoothly even though we still feel unprepared.
Thank you again for your continued prayers. Pray that this last week will be the best one yet despite our tiredness and the uncertainties. I am trusting that God is going to do great things this week.
Written by Samantha Burgess