This afternoon we had the privilege of visiting the community near the Hernandez family. While half of the team continued building, the other half loaded into the back of Kurt's truck and headed down a dusty dirt road.
We partnered with believers from the local church to deliver desperately needed provisions, Bibles and stuffed animals to impoverished families. We were greeted in every home with warm smiles, grateful hearts and open arms. Although we were strangers, we were overwhelmed by how these families invited us into their homes and shared their lives with us. We were privileged to pray over each family and were often amazed and humbled by the emotional responses we received.
One of the teams was a direct answer to prayer for a struggling family with a newborn baby. The father had been out of work for one month and there was literally no food in the house. They had been crying out to God for the past few days and asking Him for provision. When our team entered the home, the family was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude and called them "angels from Heaven". The picture below shows Amanda praying over the mother, who was moved to tears. We were so privileged to be the hands and feet of Jesus today in this beautiful, remote village of Ahuachapan.
As I stared out the window on the drive back to the mission home tonight, I was overwhelmed by all that God has done this week. Each day has been filled with miracles, heartaches, laughter, redemption and joy. We have changed lives and our lives are changed. This incredible team of 19 has been one of the best teams that I have ever led. Every team member has been easy going, willing to serve, flexible and selfless. Tomorrow we will spend the day at Costa del Sol beach with the missionaries that we have partnered with all week. While we will definitely enjoy some R&R, the purpose of the day is to process all that we have experienced and to connect and pray over our missionary partners. We'll end the day eating at a traditional pupusa restaurant. I can't wait!