June 26 - Breakfasted on a filet of chicken breast sauteed with onions and peppers and French rolls - crusty outside, soft inside. Yummy. Ruth and Sabina opted to eat the peanut butter I'd brought - you know, those big jars that cost, what, 5 or 6 bucks? here they cost about3 times that. So it's a treat! While we ate, Sabi told me I was a blessing whenever I came. One of the young folks hadn't been to church in a month, but came last night when he knew I was here. Another hadn't been for FIVE months, but he also came. She said, " It's not just the physical blessing of the things you bring like peanut butter and clothing. It's the love of God in you that just flows so frely and breaks chains.
Service started at 10. Sabi opened with worship and praise, a brother read from Matt. 6:1-14. Then some time for testimonies or songs, so we had some of those, and when one brother came up he greeted me enthusiastically. After the singing, Sabi had me come up and I shared from John 17:20-23. Afterwards, Jorge taught some. Then we had communion, and also time for people to come up for prayer. I joined in praying for people. And we closed with hugs and prayer.
I'd been called for a lunch invitation, supposed to be after church (12) but as time ticked away and I have a commitment at another church this evening, and here it was 2 pm and still no one came for me, Sabi said she would fix lunch instead so I could rest a bit before going out tonight.
So, there's my update, and now I'm gonna get in the word and prayer for tonight while I wait for lunch. Love to my home church, Ciudad de Refugio, thank you for your prayers!
Later June 26 - I managed to go up the spiraling stairs to the new second level and had spaghetti for lunch. I also met Sabina's 2 chickens, Negrita and Gaspita (I THINK that's the other one) and tossed them bits of spaghetti (spoilling them, Carol Gary!) Then I had a cup of manzanilla tea to help me rest before going out again tonight. Went downstairs and one of my Soldados de Barro and Roca, Elvis, was there to visit. He told me the happy news that they're expecting in February. He and Sabi played around a bit on guitar and drum, and after Sabi went back upstairs, he was singing a song he remembered and suddenly started improvising - singing how he was glad to have a mamita named Shelley and how we had many fun adventures and this and that - a little serenade, that brought me to tears! I hugged and kissed him and told him I needed a little nap but first I wanted to pray a blessing over him, which I did - and then he did same for me. It was a really sweet time! And I had a good nap. Abi - try manzanilla tea.
|My table at the pastors' conference/luncheon|
|with Ps Jorge and Alberto|
|New friends, 3 generations|
|Cynthia, Andy, and Manuel|
|Jose and Tito|
|Ruth, Jose, me, and Tito|
|Moises and Jhon|
|Ruth and Sabi at breakfast|
|Gaspita and Negrita|
|with Ps Amerigo and his wife|