We have had an amazing day. We started with the prayer of yielding the day’s plans to God and when we shared our experiences around the table tonight it was obvious that God honored that request and yielding. We needed the surrender and we needed the blessing of trusting.
The dental team took care of 48 patients today and 84 teeth! That’s a rocking day in the life of any dentist. Dr. Robin, Abby and Julie came to the table tonight with stories of courageous kids, humble men and determined women. The people were waiting in line when we arrived this morning…maybe 20 before Dr. Robin ever set up the chair.
The art team took a blank concrete wall, a vision on paper and some paint….and the miracle of inspiration began to take life before day’s end.
They played soccer in between with the children hanging around. There was no school today. The teachers were out on a project to raise money for the school…something they do often and with diligence. The teachers that work in the La Toma school are highly committed. They love these kids.
The remaining team had a day of learning and conversation that will we never forget. We learned how to install stoves. Bonnie called them the “Jenn Air of Guatemala”, which tells you how impressive they were once put together. The first one took us 2.5 hours! The last one of the day took about 45 minutes. Haha…this is a skill that improves with practice.
After building the stove and installing we shared a card with each family and a prayer. The cards were made by the children of our church; their sweet words and art reaching across the boundaries of language and culture…again.
We are certain as the night draws to an end that the most important thing that happened today was not about teeth, or stoves, or art…although all of those things were incredibly good! The most important thing today was being together. Conversations in local homes, holding the hands of little children, learning the culture and allowing God to change our hearts. Miracles happened in us while we were making friends and living into the vision that in Christ, we truly are one. Peace be with you. Peace be with all of us.