In a large national newspaper , La Nacion, yesterday there was a beautiful story written about the work that was done in Obligado. It's titled: "Missionaries Spend their Vacation in Itapua Building a Church" Click here for the story (in Spanish). Alice or Carmen, can one of you do the translating?
Well, we are still trying to absorb what took place in the past 17 days. We are truly amazed at what happens when the body of Christ comes together!
Last night we had a wonderful church service, the first normal one in the new church building. There were 5-6 new families present too! Pastor Renato asked for people to share what these past few weeks have taught them. Here are some highlights:
Unity-Even though we don’t speak your language, we could tell that you had fun together and were united under one purpose here. It was very encouraging to see your love for each other.
Humility- Many of you come from big companies and important positions and you were willing to leave your suits and get down on your knees and get completely filthy for a small unknown country.
Generosity- You gave your time, your talents, your resources beyond measure to bless us. We can’t pay you back and you know that. You blessed us anyhow.
The Spirit of God- People felt a strong move of the Holy Spirit during the inauguration service. There was a sense of renewal and overwhelming celebration for the goodness of God to us.
Joy in serving- Paraguayans couldn’t stop talking about how the joy of the Lord was on your face, in your words and in your actions. This type of attitude is totally contagious and has positively impacted our church people and the community!
Helping the community- One woman shared that the Lord was speaking to her while you were here and told her that if you can serve us, we need to be serving others. She wants to start helping sick babies and children in our community and is already organizing a committee to assist her!
I'm sure many more testimonies will be pouring in. We give God the glory for what He has done and we thank you again for being His reflection; His hands and feet to a hurting world. We love you and pray that you returned home safely.