Just as the previous five days, today was nothing short of amazing! God is continuing to show me - as well as the rest of our group - great and mighty things. A Bible verse that Pastor Matt shared with us during our morning devotions the other day happened to be my favorite verse, Jeremiah 33:3 which says, "Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know." This week, I have really taken this verse to heart and through it, I have learned so much about the power of prayer. I have learned that if only I take everything to the Lord in prayer, He will indeed show me great and powerful things! Every day, our group travels by bus to the locations at which we will be ministering. The traffic here in Peru is absolutely crazy and it takes us quite a while to reach our destination. While our group often will play games and have conversations, Pastor Matt has recently encouraged us to take time to ourselves to pray for our VBS ministry for that particular day. Ever since, I have daily taken time to do this, and what a blessing it has been! Usually, I pray for things such as the weather (because the sky almost always looks like it could start raining at any moment) and for the people that we will be serving that day. Each and every day, God has answered these requests and granted us additional blessings. We have had at least 100 children attend at each of out ministry locations, and with the exception of one drizzly afternoon, the weather has been great! These are only a few examples of how God has shown me the power of prayer.
Because Spanish is the prominent language here in Peru, I must say I was a little nervous about not being able to communicate with the people and develop relationships. Again, I took my fears and worries straight to the Lord as the Bible tells us, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, with prayer and supplication, make your requests known to the Lord." God quickly gave me peace and comfort and I have even been able to hold short conversations with the kids! Today, I was truly blessed by meeting two young girls. Before we began our VBS program, I was able to learn their names, introduce myself, and even teach them a few words in English! Their faces lit up with excitement as I took about ten or fifteen minutes to teach them simple words such as apple, headband, or watch. They wanted to know more and more. I was really able to connect with them and they taught me a lot, too! After this, they would not leave my side. Through our entire program, they were right beside me. Their faces grew sad as I told them I had to get on the bus and one of the two girls gave me a huge hug and whispered in my ear that she loved me. This brought tears to my eyes! For so long, I was very nervous about trying to communicate with the kids. However, as soon as I presented my fears before the Lord, I not only was able to communicate with the kids but I was also able to connect with these two girls, who have made an impression on me that will last my entire life.
God has been so good and again, I have been learning so much about the power of prayer. Even now, I pray that I will continue to be moldable and teachable as God continues to reveal Himself to me during my time here in Lima.