Tuesday, March 21, 2000 (pictures below)
Breakfast at 8 am (pancakes, fruit, cereal, milk, and juice), quiet devotion time at 8:30
-9:00, boys in their room, girls in theirs - reading scripture and praying. John 4:31-38
was impressed on my heart this morning.... "I tell you, open your eyes and look at
They are ripe for harvest.".
9:00-9:40 Worship and teaching by Poway Youth Pastor about how God gives us the power (His
Spirit) to turn door handles on the areas of life of the people we witness to. Door
handles open the doors and God gives us opportunities to share His love, His
healing, His forgiveness.
At 9:45-10:05 we talked to the students more about this message, including encouraging
them to share with at least one child this day about how Jesus is in our hearts and wants
to be in their hearts, too!
We departed the YWAM base around 10:15, headed part way towards La Bufadora to migrant
camp (several rows of "houses" - tin sheds about 12'x12' with cloth drapes for
doors, dirt floors) Rose Lewis was able to go inside with one lady and get some video so
we'll be able to show everyone.
When we got to the camp, we were greeted by many children. Pastor Niņo
comes here often, so many of the people are already Christian, but there are many who are
not. The kids just ran up to all of us. Marcelle held a beautiful little boy the entire
time we were there. After a few minutes of just playing soccer, running around with the
kids, holding them, and talking to them, several of our students (Kenneth, Lyndsie,
Cailey, and Candice) dressed up as clowns, many had pumped up those skinny balloons where
you can make animals and crowns. The clowns came out of the van and played with the
children, and several students and moms sang song with one group, while Rick had tricycle
races with one little boy. Kea, BJ, Stephen and Giezi (Pastor Niņos son) also played
with many of the boys. We then did the presentation (songs and dramas) and then Indra
("een-drah") - Pastor Niņos daughter (also a YWAM DTS student) told the
children very animated story of Zachias (Zaqueo) sah-KAY-oh") coming down out of the
tree.. Though they were Mixtecas people Oaxaca, they spoke Spanish. Becky, who sort of
volunteered to be in charge of crafts for the week, instructed all the children (with one
craft she already made, having Indra translate). She told the students they were going to
make a tree with Zachias and a string to pull him up and down the tree. After the craft,
we handed out balloons to all the children. We then said "Adios" and went just
around the corner to the
home of a friend of Pastor Niņos. We ate lunch, played on a merry-go-round, played
soccer, and then left for another location.
We went to another village, set up in an open dirt field near some houses
and a school, and started calling the children to come "Niņos, vengan!" We had
about 20 children at the start of the program and ended up with about 100. We did the
program, had a prayer inviting Jesus into our hearts (Emmita and Alfredo did the Spanish)
and then we handed out balloons. We got back to the YWAM base about 5:30, ate dinner at 6,
worship at 7:30, with 'Commitment" time at 9pm. All who wanted to, nailed a message
of committing their life to Jesus to a wooden cross on stage. It was a very special time.
They had a long but rewarding day.
God's hand was in all of it.
The Riviera - a beautiful hotel and museum near downtown
The whole family.