We bought our new church building on Thursday the 7th, started cleaning it on Friday, moved the pastors in on Monday, and received a short term team from California on Tuesday. Because of planning complications, the team was only five members-the perfect size to help alleviate our chaos without adding to it. They toured and prayed over the city on Wednesday, then dove into a VBS program from Thursday through Monday. We have never done a VBS here in Cordoba and, judging from people’s reactions to our invitations, they are not a common community event. We had seven kids the first couple days, but after the kids/parents began to understand what a VBS is, attendance jumped to fourteen-sixteen the last three days. The lessons and activities were a huge hit. The kids were on a two week winter vacation from school; like we have in the States but without Christmas. We are looking forward to planning a VBS for the summer vacation in January. The highlight for me was showing our church members the joy and impact of children’s ministry in our community. Yesterday, 10 year old Monica brought her three younger sisters with her to church without her parents. Please pray with us for her precious heart and her large family.
|Josh, Marlene, Cassandra, Sarah, me, Ashley, Dani, Damaris, Chris, Genna, Rachel, Anndee, Jessica|
In addition to running VBS, the short term team helped us clean out the backyard space of the new building. They also donated money to the remodel and supplies to the children’s ministry. More than anything, they encouraged us and our church members to continue fighting the good fight with God as our strength.
|They first couple of days we weren't sure if we could get any more kids to come.|
|But we had fun with those who were there.|
|Then their number started to grow.|
|Mom brought face paints and stencils|
|Mom had her first mate tea and criollos. Pastora had recently stolen the mate from me in this|
|On Sunday, the kids share their songs and memory verses in the afternoon service.|
|We all had a great time!|