We gon’ cocoNUTS! 

Posted Jan 7, 2017

Today we sadly said “Adios” to our first session campers. To send them off, we had a small closing ceremony complete with a delicioso torte (cake)! There are definitely things we have been able to teach our national staff but other things we are learning from them, like having a giant cake at closing ceremony, I mean c’mon people, who doesn’t love cake?! Let’s make this a thing at our closing celebrations! 

There’s been temptation this week to believe what we are doing is not beneficial or needed because we may not have the words to communicate what we know, or feel really unhelpful because it takes a couple more minutes to explain how we can help. However, I was reading this morning in 1 Corinthians 15 and verse 58 stood out to me:

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 
We can rest assured that God is doing great things through our labor and it is not in vain! Maybe our words won’t be what God uses but our actions and we can labor on knowing He will be glorified! 

We could see the relationships that were built as we said goodbye to our campers this morning and it was bittersweet seeing them all go. It’s so cool to see what God can do in such a short time.

We also discovered a coconut tree and Austin climbed up to knock one down. We cracked it open and tried the water and the meat and it was muy rico. ??? We gone cocoNUTS! 
At 2 today we welcomed in our 2nd session of campers. There are quite a few older kids in this session compared to last session which will be new and exciting! We are diving head first into our last 3 days at Quinta Adonai and are expectant to see what God will do in the rest of our time here! 

Things we’ve learned today: 

1. Pine Cove cheers are just as effective en Espanol. 

2. Crazy coordinated dance moves just bring people together. 

3. Dulce de leche is quickly becoming our favorite food.

4. When you eat 2 snacks a day, sometimes it’s cake both times. We don’t hate it. (Esp. Eat It ?)

5. Sometimes it sunny and sometimes is pours and sometimes that’s 5 minutes apart. 

6. Mirrors are a good thing. We learned that when we hadn’t looked in the mirror in 4 days. Lesson learned. 

7. “Selfie” doesn’t need translation. Wait for all our Facebook albums. 

Please continue to pray with us:

1. That God would work past our language barrier to develop deep relationships between us and our national staff and our new 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! 

In His abundant and amazing, life transforming grace,
Ashley “Eat It” Irvin 

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  1. Love this Ashley! I remember that dulce de leche… wouldn’t mind bringing that recipe to the Rado! So glad you are all getting a glimpse of your effectiveness in Christ AND seeing the way He continues to move and change each one of you. Still praying! Don’t hold anything back this week.