Day 26, 27 & 28 Outreach 12th, 13th, 14th July 2018

Please excuse the rather long post… Sorry 😐  We started our day off with worship and a short debrief time. Judging from the feedback, it would be safe to say God has moved Powerfully in the hearts of our Team. Before we left for the VBS Mich gave a devotional encouraging the Team to seek God persistently in order to see miracles. Our last day of ministry doing VBS at the local church we were at was summed up of what the last 3 days have been. When you hear the words, “You’re Family’ you know God has won hearts over to Himself and has made a significant impact. The Team was bombarded with hugs and little gifts. The Pastor made a speech thanking us for the time we invested into his church, and sharing the gospel through scripture, dance and our activities. I truly believe we brought a smile to the Fathers face. He has given us much favor and worked His Love in each of our hearts so that we can pour it out to those around us. We truly appreciate the team from PA as well coming in and adding to the blessing God brought to that church. Friday was our day off. It was bitter sweet to say the least knowing that we are leaving the next day. After another awesome worship time and committing our time of ministry in Juarez to the Lord we loaded up our vans and spent the better part of the day at the hot springs a good 30 minutes south of Juarez. Curtis and Geoff cooked up burgers for lunch...

Day 25: Outreach 11th, July 2018

Geoff was up early this morning and caught the breakfast prep guys working to get the first meal of the day done.  We have been blessed with good food our whole time here in Juarez, Mexico. The base staff here have embraced us as their own and it will be sad to leave them.  Mike and his wife Aida oversee the kitchen and do a first rate job putting awesome delicious meals together for about 150 people here on the base including staff and kids at Rancho, three times a day. This is a special couple that love what they do and how they serve and it truly shows. We are so grateful for the quality food but more importantly the quality people that we have met. We think we took our last trip to the Market this morning but that remains to be in question until the moment we leave. On the way back to the base we stopped at the water park we went to last week to arrange a performance for tomorrow but we need the go ahead from the owner who was not there. At this point it will be whatever the Lord decides. We headed back to the base, had lunch and met up with our PA partners at 2:30pm. Our Team groups went through their game plans. It’s important to make mention that our Team have done an exemplary job coming up with teaching plans for our VBS program. The teachings as well as the activities have been most excellent and the Church we are serving are having a wonderful time. Our theme...

Day 24: Outreach 10th, July 2018

FUN + JESUS = ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES! It has been a blast working with the Worship Center Team from PA. Our Team got underway this morning planning activities for tonight’s VBS this morning. While the Team was being creative Curtis and Geoff went to the laundromat for our last laundry run. Sad but true, we are well and truly into our last week. We have so appreciated the prayers that have been submitted on our behalf as we believe we are experiencing the fruits. We also had our last S Mart run of sorts. Our Team loves their sweets. After our trip to S Mart we were back at the base getting ready for our VBS in the evening. The Church, Chapultepec that we are doing our VBS at is considered conservative but they are so full of life and Jesus that our Team gets so excited to participate in the VBS with them. Leydhi also taught us  some awesome dances to some upbeat Spanish songs and the Team took full advantage of it. We had to leave early in order to get pizza for dinner and head to the base. It has been another awesome day and finishing strong is happening which makes us happy! Keep praying, two days...

Day 23: Outreach 9th, July 2018

What a day we had! We have been praying for more performances during this last week. This morning we were able to go to downtown Juarez and perform in front of the Catholic Cathedral. This was a full performance only the second we’ve been able to do all outreach. We just turned up unannounced partnered with an evangelistic team and away we went. It’s always an adventure following God’s lead. Whilst at the performance in downtown Juarez, we also had the pleasure of meeting Chris’s Uncle, grandfather, grandmother, Aunt and cousin. That was an added bonus to an already blessed morning. We returned to the base completely pumped and ready for our next assignment. Leydhi has us partnering with the team from PA to run a VBS for a local church. After lunch we gathered our Team and Megan sorted out our groups. Each group planned an activity towards a certain age group. Megan ingeniously planned our themes around the 5 songs we perform in our program so today’s theme is based around our song, “This is me”! After our Team groups came up with a game plan, we then had added to each group, members from the PA team that were also split up to join each of our groups. When we arrived at the church which seemed like an hour to get to, you would think we were expert VBS program designers. Geoff started the proceedings with worship and each group dove in to their respective age groups. The results were a resounding success, Praise be to God!    Our VBS program in the evening runs from...

Day 22: Outreach 8th, July 2018

Today was our first outing with the team from the Worship Center from Lancaster, PA. Their team consists of 16 year olds and up. They are a neat team and we’re excited to work with them. We also had Don and Adrienne Bowen in tow. We loaded up our two vans, the PA team van and the Bowen’s mini-van and headed to church. Church was it’s usually Rockin self as we embarked on our adventure of trying to figure out the Pastors message.   After church we all headed to the Tourist Market to have lunch and shop. Our trusty leader Leydhi had called ahead so when we arrived there was a table set for about 30 something of us ready to serve us lunch. We had an awesome lunch and shopped at the Market for souvenir gifts for an hour. Megan and Geoff went to the border with Mich , Shae, Tasha, Jade and a few others to pick up Jamie, Brooke and Janae. We are very excited to have them and so are the Team. It was taco night at the base tonight so we gathered with everybody on the base including the Rancho staff and kids and had dinner and desert. Ty Thurman, the Director for YWAM El Paso – Juarez  gave a short speech at the end telling us that for some time the base staff there have been praying for the nations to come to Juarez. He said it was an answer to prayer have over 10 nations represented by actual nationals of those nations. It is truly a blessing to be here in...