And they sang a new song, saying “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10
Today was the first day that we got to spend with the kids. Those of us who have been here before, were delighted and amazed at how tall they’ve grown, how their smiles have changed, and how their love for us has not waned. It was truly a pleasure to get re-acquainted with the kids, as well as the staff here, who have made countless sacrifices to take care of these kids every day.
We also had an opportunity to involve our church back home with a Skype call. It was a small miracle that we were able to get the technology on both ends to cooperate, and we were able to have a question/answer session between our Sunday school kids back home, and the kids here at the Children’s Home.
We had a great day with the kids, but I think, for me, the best part of the day was when we visited a local church for worship. We were taken to this tiny cement building, and greeted by friendly locals. They were happy to see us, hugged us, and showed us where we could sit. Their smiles were warm and they were truly happy that we were there. There are about 30 people who attend this church, and they had no problem accommodating the 19 of us. Their worship was passionate, their songs were joyful, and their love and reverence for God was contagious. It was such a rich experience to be in a tiny church in a remote corner of the world, just started 4 months ago, and worship with people who have a sincere dependence and genuine reverence for God. Even though we couldn’t understand everything that was being said, it was clear that the Spirit of God was in that little building.
Tomorrow the real work begins. We depend on your prayers, so please keep praying!