16 Jul Sunday – Day Three
It’s Sunday! We had breakfast at our hotel at 8am—oatmeal and pancakes with bananas and papaya. It was great! We departed for church at 9am, where we helped in the children’s service. We arrived approximately 30 minutes before the children began to arrive and proceeded to construct many balloon animals and other shapes. Of course, we wanted every child to have a balloon. When the kids began to show up, we had to make even more than we had already made. We estimate that around 75 kids were in attendance and around 30 adults.
The praise and worship was very lively, with motions to almost every song. When the worship slowed down, the kids fell on their knees and cried out to God. Their sincerity was compelling, and our team was moved as they made their way through the crowd to pray with students. Later the team performed the drama “Dios es Dios,” which is the song “God is God” by Steven Curtis Chapman. The team uses six different dry erase boards to paint six separate pictures. We use shoe polish for paint, so that the dry erase boards can be cleaned and reused each time. At the conclusion of the drama, the six paintings come together to make one large painting, which is the face of Jesus. Alfredo preached the message. He used juggling, illusions, and comedy to make his point clear. Of course, the children responded very well—they were riveted throughout the presentation. The children’s pastor and the children’s workers are the same people we will be working with throughout this week in the school assemblies.
Following church, we went to lunch at “Pollos Camperos,” which is something like KFC. Then we returned to the hotel for a long practice. The team learned about 12 children’s songs, dramas, and group participation sketches. It was not hot outside, but the sun was shining bright and the team was moving quite a bit. It was a good workout for everyone! They all ran to the shade every chance they got.
At 6pm we had an hour long break. We departed for dinner at McDonalds at 7pm. When we returned to the hotel we met on the fourth floor in the Salon. We had a surprise birthday party for Adelle. It was her 31st birthday and she had never had a piñata. We were able to buy one and surprise her with it. As we discussed the events of the day, the students reflected on their experiences thus far. The children’s worship and sincere hearts were a moment to be remembered. They are very excited for what is ahead. One of them stated, “It’s not about us, it’s about them.”