(from Monday, July 30, 2012)
Today we went to the Makarios school and I had the opportunity to help lead the arts and crafts class. We taught about how, with God, you will always be full. We handed out cups to the children and every time they fulfilled commitment and trust in the Lord, we gave them beads to “fill their cups.” The verse we taught was John 6:35:
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
At the end of the lesson we taped the cups with paper that said, “Jesús me suple,” meaning Jesus is my supplier. We then sang and dances with the children and the entire thing was just amazing to witness, let alone be a part of. As these children, who really don’t know where their next meal is coming from, praised the Lord for the little he has blessed them with, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed. The joy of dancing and singing, worshipping the Lord with these children of God was amazing. Throughout our time here, it’s been difficult realizing we cant always communicate with them in Spanish, but dancing and singing with them was enough to move any heart closer to the love and joy of our God. It really was awesome.
After lunch, we returned to the school where I was a part of the VBS team. This was a trying time of day, as the afternoon sun had driven us all to exhaustion and dehydration. On the verge of throwing in the towel for the day, I realized that through the discomfort, this wasn’t about me. I prayed to God to help me through the next 2 hours and by the end, the amazing light shining through those those children’s faces had me on my feet again dancing and singing in praise. What a blessing those children have been for us, teaching us more than they could ever fathom.
We then took a walk through the local village where many of the children who attend Makarios live. It doesn’t matter how much you try to prepare yourself for the conditions of poverty, there is nothing like witnessing it with your own eyes. We walked down to a river flooded with trash, dirty diapers, and most likely disease. A boy no older than 2 was preparing for a bath and a woman was carrying her dishes to “clean” them. What an image for God to bring to my awareness. I can personally say, I myself can’t seem to manage the conditions of no A/C, scarce power, and constant sweat without complaining. These people don’t even have time to think about those things because there are so many more issues at hand. It has brought tremendous light to the abundant blessings in my life and called me closer to the Lord.
Makarios is truly an amazing blessing in these villages; I’m nothing but grateful to be a part of such a devoted mission. It’s not about aid and suffering in a worldly sense, but community and getting back to the heart of God by teaching accountability and sustainability. May God continue to bless the team and staff of these wonderful people fulfilling His work.
I couldn’t feel more grateful for the amazing people God led to this trip with me. So many relationships formed within hours and days with strong women and men with the most loving and open hearts. Thank you, thank you, Jesus! I hope on my arrival back home, I can only continue what Ive learned here in the developing community and sharing in the joy of the Lord with others. It’s a difficult mission and I know I will fail at times, but with the Lord I will get through it all. That is something the children of Makarios have taught me. XOXO
P.S. Don’t worry mom! I’m safe.