Our kids got acquainted with their new friends
at the orphanage. They taught each other games, explaining the
rules through hand motions and signs since they didn't share the
same language. As Alberto, a child at the orphanage, began to play
with a group of children, Teresa Hererra, one of the directors,
leaned over to me.
"Alberto is laughing and showing signs of happiness for the
first time since he arrived here," she said. "He was sexually
abused by his stepfather and has been in deep depression and full
of anxiety. I can't believe that he is actually laughing and
enjoying his play with the children."
Lesson 4: God is not limited to
one language. He enables us to reach out to all tribes, tongues,
Thursday Night: Children's Church
Our kids ministered at the local community church's children's
service. Some performed puppet skits. Others brought cassettes and
boomboxes and sang. A drama team performed a live music video,
portraying the words of a song as it played. The kids'
participation further elevated their self-esteem and encouraged
them in their talents and calling.
Our prep work sure helped. Before we left home, we had spent
time with the kids learning about the Mexican culture, language,
country, and people. I think it helped our kids understand a little
of the culture they encountered.
Tonight our kids reached out to others, gave hugs, cried, shared
gifts, and prayed together. The emotional attachments built
relationships that'll be long-lasting and provide an avenue for
Tonight 12-year-old Jay said, "This Poza Rica trip has made such
an impact on my life that I'm determined to be a blessing in other
mission projects with my talents and gifts."
"Lives are being impacted here!" Morgan, age 8, told me. "God
used me by giving of myself and not being scared to try to tell
other people about Jesus."