Monday, March 13, 2017

Colombia - 3.13.2017

Day 3 of our Colombia Mission Trip! Our energy was revamped as we spent our entire day with the kiddos of Leticia and toured on the Amazon River.

We traveled to Monkey Island where little "micos" crawled all over us, visited a "petting zoo" (that included boas, more monkeys, turtles, sloths, and more!), and built relationships with the kids on our long boat rides in between.

The tour lasted about 7 hours of our not-so-rainy day, then we went to a pizza party with the kids in the evening. We played their favorite games (most of them new to us), sang worship songs in Spanish and in English, and showed the kids pictures on our phones because they were fascinated with them!

We ended our evening with a team meeting around the hotel pool, discussing plans for tomorrow's VBS. Once we were done, we all gradually went to our rooms and hit the hay for another exciting day in the Amazon... We can't wait to see how the Lord continues to work!

Please pray as we present the gospel through our VBS tomorrow. Also, please continue to pray for prevention against mosquitos. Several people have been bitten, but we're thankful for our malaria meds!

*For those still waiting on pictures: some have been posted on the Bellevue HSM social media. We are having trouble with the connection here in our hotel so it's harder to post pictures to the blog. We hope to resolve this problem soon, but until then we hope you'll join us in living out our word of the week: flexadaptability.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Colombia - 3.12.2017

After a short but good nights' rest, we continued our trip with more traveling. Before boarding the plane, we went to a Crepes & Waffles restaurant, and together, we all ordered a variety of tasty food... we all had a good dose of happiness! When we landed, we went to a church to worship with the natives of Leticia and met some of the kids for the first time on our trip!

While everyone is a little tired from long days of travel, our excitement to see these precious children's faces is keeping the energy of our team up.

"Because the poor are pludered, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs." -Psalm 12:5

Jesus cares so much for the poor and needy! On this trip, we are truly being His hands and feet as we minister to these kids. With every act of service we do on this trip, we are echoing God's heartbeat.

Pictures coming very soon! 

Colombia - 3.11.2017

And we're off! 

We all safely landed in Bogota at 12:15am. The layovers and flights were tiring, but the excitement and energy of the group is getting us all pumped to meet and work with the kids in La Aljaba. 

Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disviples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have givenyou. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

Wow, we are putting these verses into action! Because Jesus has all authority, we can go and share the good news about Him with others. When we go, Jesus promises to be with us always. 

Please pray that we have a restful night tonight, and continue to pray for us as we travel tomorrow!