July 30, 2014
During the Sunday worship service, Gaston Formisano gave a message on the role of
discipleship in the church. The women of the team (Jillian Beharry, Heather Bennett, Hayleigh Bennett, Ananda Elam and Cathy Formisano) had the opportunity to share a message and a craft with the children in the church. Daniel Hedman and Brian Lum Shue Chan brought their guitars along and participated in leading worship while Cathy Formisano did an amazing job singing a solo in Spanish. During one of the evenings, David Schatz led a prayer meeting sharing God's will for us as we help to build His church.
All of this reminded me that relationships are more important than progress - I know that is often very hard for us productivity-minded Gringos. Roy Oishi, videographer, documented all of our attempts at digging during those days, as well as all the other activities throughout the week.
We rounded out the week with a "Fiesta de adios" where we exchanged gifts and words
of thanks. This event included a time of worship with our friends, eating together, sharing testimonies about how God was working in us and through us throughout the week, and saying our goodbyes (some of which were tearful).
Relationships really are the key to the inter-dependent partnerships that we are seeking as we act on our desire to be a part of building the Kingdom. We were all extraordinarily blessed as we developed and strengthened relationships. We are humbled by our like-minded kingdom building partners and their love for us, for each other, and for the communities they serve. Pray for them as they seek to share the Good News with those who desperately need it.
Written by Mark Diener
For more information on our Global Missions program or upcoming short-term missions trips, contact Mark Diener, Global Missions Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.