Today’s post is written by Hope Coker
We had another early morning today! We had to leave at 6:30am to go to the Happy Tummies site in San Juan to eat breakfast. Pastor Luis gave a great devotion talking about the first commandment–how you should not worship idols.
Shortly after, the abuelitos started showing up and we were immediately greeted with hugs and kisses which lasted for a while considering that every single abuelito needed to hug and kiss all 16 of us!
While they were doing their activities, Katie Ring, Abby Uzzell, Carol (a new friend from another church), and I went on home visits. We visited a single mom with two girls, and a family with four kids. The single mom, Ohenia, specifically asked us to pray for God to give her peace. She has struggled with depression and has had anxiety with raising her girls alone in an unsafe environment. (side note: would you pray for her today?)
When we got back to Happy Tummies the abuelitos were leaving so we said our long goodbyes with another round of hugs and kisses. In the time we had between the abuelitos and the niños, I got the chance to color princesses with one of the worker’s daughters, Belendi. It was the first time I felt like I had a good Spanish conversation with someone. We talked about the princesses, colors, and every once in a while she would ask me how to say certain things in English.
Once all the niños came in from after school they ate and then began coloring as we hid make-shift paper easter eggs around the property. They had a blast trying to find them. Some of them climbed up the swing poles like monkeys while others tackled Kyle for the eggs. We tied in the lost eggs being found to the parables Jesus tells in Luke 15 about the celebration that comes when lost things/people are found. But beyond the egg hunt, my favorite part of the day was the dance party. Dancing was a way for us to bond without speaking. I will never forget the moment one of the boys started body rolling. Of course, he won the dance contest!
Overall, we had a very productive day filled with lots of laughter, and we can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow!
Anna & Anna!
The winner of the dance party!