Today’s blog post was written by Katie Ring. It’s a day late due to a lack of power most of the day yesterday where the team is staying. Look for another post about today on the blog tomorrow morning!
Every morning here at The Promised Land I am astounded by the beautiful sights that are all around us. This morning we had the chance to read our Bibles and devotionals like normal and I read the book of James and came across a verse that I wanted to share. The verse is James 5:11 and the part of the verse that stuck out to me was “The Lord is full of compassion and mercy”. Throughout the day this verse was on my heart and was shown to me in different ways.
In the morning, we split into two teams and went to separate construction sites, one at Happy Tummies and one at the location for the new abuelitos facility. I was with the group that went to the new construction site where we moved cement blocks from one part of the field to the other end and stacked them in piles near where they will be used. We set up an assembly line of sorts where one person would carry the block half of the way down the field and another person would carry it the rest of the way. By working together, we were able to get the work done much faster and it was much more enjoyable as well. The blocks kept getting heavier, but by working as a team we were able to get a lot accomplished!
The site of the new library for children at Happy Tummies in San Juan La Laguna
At around 11:00am, we walked over to where the rest of the group was at Happy Tummies for lunch. Shortly after we finished, the kids began to arrive for the Happy Tummies program. We served the kids their lunch and then they went over and had a small Bible lesson which included a Bible lesson that we shared with them as well. After this, we split back up into two groups and half of us went to move the blocks while the other half stayed to help the kids with a craft and to play with them after. I was with the group that stayed to help with the kids.
You would think that the language barrier would make it hard to communicate and to have fun with the kids, but it wasn’t as big of a deal as I expected. The kids loved to be picked up and to be spun around and they always had a smile on their faces. At the end of the day as we said goodbye, it was amazing as the kids came up and hugged us and then ran home fed and happy. As we drove home many kids were walking by and would wave and smile and say goodbye. This made me think back to James 5:11.
I could see Gods’ love shine through the faces of the kids and parents as they smiled and waved whenever we would walk or drive by.
Today was an amazing time and throughout everything I was able to see God’s love shining all around us.
The leaders got to ride in the Tuk-tuks that are all over town!