Puerto Vallarta Update 2
This morning we were greeted by an awesome sunrise , and the clouds and rain remained yesterday’s news. It made for a hot work day in Progresso, but no one got any major sun-burn nor were there any major injuries. Thank you, again, for your continued prayers and support.
The work crew pulled ahead, taking advantage of our ten hard-working students and led by Kent Hughes and Kenny Wong. The 3300 square foot foundation now has all the rebar reinforcements and frame-work established so tomorrow cement can be mixed and poured. Praise God, they are a day ahead of schedule!
The VBS crew set up shop under two perfectly-placed shade trees which served as the center for the mobile kitchen, craft table and drama/game location. Today’s theme was about David and Goliath, and how God faithfully helped David conquer the giant with three stones. The children sang several songs about God’s love and also played soccer, hung out at a brick wall and really enjoyed the giant, colorful 24-foot parachute game. In addition to the crafts, games, VBS stories and songs, we had the privilege of serving lunch to over 100 children, parents and a few stray dogs.
We asked our student leaders to share their thoughts and pictures with you, so you can hear how God is working in their hearts. Here’s what some of them have to say:
“Today a girl came to me and called me her “Amiga” or in other words her friend and even though we didn’t really have anything to talk about because of the language barrier she asked me if I wanted a bracelet as a gift. I didn’t understand what she meant at first but then she put the bracelet on my wrist. In return I gave her one of my bracelets. It was just really cool to see that people with so little can still give wholeheartedly” – Hannah Meyle
“Working with the children in Puerto Vallarta was cool because when i first walked on the vbs site a little girl came up to me. all i said was “feigo” and pointing to the sky to say it was hot out. this little girl took my hand and lead me through the whole vbs all day. it was really cool that she attached to me for really no reason at all, all i said was “feigo”, and she wouldnt leave my side. it just shows that languages cant keep people apart”. – Liz Naatz
“When Emily was painting nails for the Mexican girls it made me realize how little it takes to put a smile on their faces. Also, this experience here has made me realize how powerful prayer is.” – Elizabeth Daanen
“Playing with the kids and communicating in spite of the language barrier has showed me God’s power while it puts me out of my comfort zone.” – Mike Kenney
“Through the worship songs at the community center, I have seen that there’s more in store for me and there are things that I can work on. I’m learning that God’s love is endless.” – Madison Harris
“Even though the people here have lesser than I do, I can see that they value family and love more than they value material things.” – Matt Terwilliger
“The only difference between space and my stomach, is that space is empty. Seriously, the people here really express themselves and they are so thankful for everything they have.” – Noah Barbel
“I never realized how good serving the children here felt. The smiles on their faces brought so much joy to me.” – Stephen Guevara
“Rendering physical aid and giving spiritual aid at the same time was an encouragement not only to myself but to the others (local kids) who were injured [Nurse Karen had her first injury to tend to today when a nina cut her foot playing soccer with no shoes on] – Karen Harper
“When sitting on the bus, one cheek on the seat!” – Caroline Drayer and Ashley Palese