Morning of Day 1 VBS….
Everyone arose early this morning at 5:30am to head up the mountain for a cultural experience. You will hear more about it tonight. I (PJ) stayed back in Momaia with our cripples and we enjoyed getting some intentional time together.
John and Cheryl have been such gracious hosts and have spoiled the team rotten. Fresh baked cookies, pop, chocolate bars, gluten free meals, vegan meals and everything else under the sun. The great food, hospitality and good company has helped the transition into gypsy culture be fairly smooth. Some of the students are struggling a little bit with being homesick, but for the most part we are transitioning well.
I am so proud of the team and how they are engaging in the culture and with each other. Courtney is doing a fantastic job leading everyone and it is a real joy to partner with these students and leaders in ministry.
One of my highlights so far has been watching a couple of the kids come alive while we have been here. Lucien has blown me completely out of the water. I have never seen him so engaged, gregarious and full of life. He appears more comfortable oversees than back in Canada and it has been a real gift to the team to watch his love for culture, people and life here. Also, has blessed to watch Chloe, Josh and Jordin give spontaneous testimony about their love for Jesus yesterday at church and how wonderfully they all did.
Yesterday was probably the most exhausting day and yet the student rallied at an opportunity to continue further ministry to the congregation in Momaia through more testimony and sharing. They were exhausted and yet half a dozen students volunteered to share their “God Stories” with the people. Although our time together fell through it was incredible to see the willingness of the students to push themselves.
I could go on and on, but I won’t we miss you all back home and deeply value your prayers.
ps. Thank you for all the blog comments, the student deeply value hearing for you guys, so please keep them rolling.