Hey guys! Evan here, it’s Day 5 and each day we look more and more like the locals. This is especially true for Chase. He decided to abandon his shoes and wear a Hawaiian shirt with one button to short buttoned(don’t worry, I made him put his shoes back on and button his shirt- Ashley). Everyone has picked up the language quickly to the point that we have forgotten how to speak English at times. This is a quick run down of what happened this morning:O’300- Lil Leche ,the camp puppy, attacks my shoes. I am in a hammock 6 ft in the air between 2 palm trees, I am having none of it. I go back to bed.
O’700- I wake up to around 15 campers starring at me in my hammock like I am an exhibit at a museum. I give a friendly “Buenos Noches” and jumped out of the hammock. As I am gathering my stuff I realize that I am missing un shoe… Lil Leche
O’900- We play a game with the campers that requires the campers to carry water from one bucket to another. Sarah and Austin decide to take it to another level and start throwing buckets of water at everyone. Austin looks to be having more fun than the campers. Long story short we all ended up soaked.
O’1100- I find my shoe that Lil Leche stole.
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
Some of us have been feeling as though we are not making an impact and it is hard to see that sometimes. What this verse meant to me as I read it is we don’t need to see the results of our labor. All we need is to rejoice in the Lord. And that is what we all continue to do, we continue to fight the good fight. I also love how joy is used as a verb here. It essentially means we not only need to be in a state of joy but to live it out as well. The way we do this is as the verse suggests, no matter what happens or where our actions take us we rejoice in the Lord and what He has given us.
Later on in the evening we got to watch the sun set. We all got to take a break from the crazy day and see what the Lord our God had made and it was truly breath taking. I continue to be reminded on this trip how truly big our God is. No matter if you live in Paraguay or the USA or speak English, Spanish, or Portuguese, He is the same God to all. He hears us all the same and cares for us all so much that He not only sent His son to die for us, but to care enough to give us a way to serve His kingdom though His power and will. We do not deserve any of this but because He has graciously given it to us we give it all we have. This is why we are here because our King has put this in front of us, the Creator of us, Paraguay, the world, and even the universe, and we will give all we physically, emotionally, and spiritually can through Him for His glory and His kingdom!
1. M.Y.S. Morning Yoga Stretches
2. Bread-y or not here comes breakfast, lunch, and dinner… and two snacks (bread all day).
3. Opening your eyes under water will burn your “ojos” (eyes).
6. “Todos aqui” (all here) and “toros aqui” (bulls here) may sound similar, but they mean todo-ly(totally) different things. Small change, huge impact.
1. That God would work past our language barrier to develop deep relationships between us and our national staff and our campers.
2. For the redemptive love of Jesus to be communicated through more than our words and that we would not grow weary in doing good!
3. That campers hearts would be softened to hear the gospel and repent and turn to Jesus.
4. For God to reveal new and wonderful things to our team during our time here (thankful for the gift of being in a new place to have fresh perspective as we start the year).
5. That God would multiply our rest and energy and health and give us perseverance to finish the week well!