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SEPTEMBER 19th, 2018
Well just wait. I need to tell you something about the very end of day five.
As we were doing our nighttime devotions on the back deck of the building in which we were staying, the sky was alive as it has been every night with lightning and quaking thunder. Shawn asked us if we would go outside with him and run around in the rain after devos. Most of us said no, but Keegan and I accepted his invitation.
To our disappointment, the downpour had ceased by the time we had finished devotions. The few of us who were disappointed in that stood on the deck for a few minutes to see if the rain would pick up again.
"C'mon God we wanna run around", Shawn said in a childish tone.
Eventually we decided to take a step in Faith and go out in our swimsuits anyways. We started walking and praying for a few buckets of rain, but it didn't come. Shawn jokingly suggested that we climb up a ladder and stand on a platform so we'd be closer to God. We did. So we three amigos started singing any worship song about water that we could remember! The maintenence guy who was patrolling the camp (who speaks only Spanish) walked up to the base of the platform and started laughing at us. He said we were "moi loco." But eventually he was trying to sing and dance along with us!
After about an hour Shawn and I were standing in a light rain praising God for all he had given us on this trip. It was a long time after we went outside that it started to rain again. But if we would've gotten the rain immediately, we would've been inside and in bed before we had the chance to worship alongside a foreign brother. And we wouldn't have spent an hour and a half praising God for all his wonderful ways.
Now, for Day 6.
We arrived at the home around 9:00 a.m. this morning and got to work at our painting again. We accomplished a lot for one day despite the heat and the paint fumes that made us all feel a bit... tingly.
Once we finished working, we spent time playing soccer. I'm sure there are many other hilarious stories besides Curtis showing the children good Canadian sportsmanship and punching Nick in the eye and splitting his eyebrow, and Nick earning the nickname "El Flacko" (which means the thin one)
The best part of the day was when we had a bonfire at the home. I had the amazing privilege of playing music with our driver, Betuel's son, Isaac around the fire. Shawn told a story (With the help of our translator, Nancy) about when he, Aiden, and Shae were ice skating on a cloudy night and asked God to show them the stars. He told of how the stars were shown to them and how important childlike Faith is. During his story the thick clouds that covered the sky rolled back to reveal the moon. Curtis also spoke about how snowflakes are all different, just as we are unique and of how God has a significant purpose in our time on earth. during Shawn's closing prayer for God to reveal himself in an unexpected way, Keegan's phone beeped and a verse was there on his screen.
Now, there were two things that made that an undeniable answer to prayer. First, there was NO possibility of internet connection at the home. Yet, Keegan phone had a brief connection to an unknown Wi-Fi network!
Second, the verse was Philippians 2:13. I ask that you read through all of chapter 2 if you want to understand the significance of this if I haven't already convinced you.
Altogether, it has been a wonderful day. The Holy Spirit is using and blessing this team in unimaginable ways. Melody said to us that the older children and teens did not enjoy attending church, but they said that they would love it if it was like tonight around that campfire.
Thank you for your prayers. Please keep it up and be praying for each of us to have overflowing Zeal, Passion, Love, and above all a Heart after God's own.
We love you brothers and sisters,