One Body, Many Gifts

The culture, learning, leadership and love of the church are finding an expression in the mural that is emerging right before our eyes. The artist is our Guatemalan friend, Chester Zepeda.

Chester and Will (Aldofo’s son) chat as that art project continues.
Chester is joined by a team of joyful painters, encouragers and helpers. Laura’s love and gift of art is shining through like the sun as she works with Chester and his original finds life. The children come and say, “los montanas! Rio! Café!” Julie is encouraging and observing with her social worker mind and her open heart. Terry is finding JOY in painting that he never knew existed. And Ansley and Angellie are taking on the futbol (soccer) pros in the school courtyard. For me, this is a picture of I Corinthians 12.

Indeed one body with many gifts. I see this at work in this team hour by hour, day after day.

Ansley and Angellie playing with the children
Ansley and Angellie playing with the children

On Saturday morning Pastor Myriam led our devotional with a powerful message grounded in Matthew 25:14-29. She encouraged us to give out everything the Holy Spirit gives us each day so we will be empty enough to receive what the Spirit brings to give us the next day too. It is receiving, sharing and emptying that keeps the fullness of God’s presence filling us and flowing through us. Every day.
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Julio
Julio
Terry. Look at how those mountains dance! Like the Scripture..." and the mountains sing your glory hallelujahs!"
Terry. Look at how those mountains dance! Like the Scripture…” and the mountains sing your glory hallelujahs!”

Julie and her amiga Nancy.
Julie and her amiga Nancy.

Mario (Pastor Felix’s son-in-law) loved the mural too and picked up a brush and joined in the creation!
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Laura is a great art partner for Chester. As it turns out - she studied art in school and is now an interior designer!
Laura is a great art partner for Chester. As it turns out – she studied art in school and is now an interior designer!

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