Day 20! I think it’s safe to say that our team was greatly impacted by the events we had today. We started off early serving breakfast at The Home of Grandparents, a sort of ‘orphanage’ for abandoned seniors. The place is run by a sweet lady named Estela who has been caring for needy seniors for 39 years, with her main source of provision being prayer and faith in God.
After breakfast we did part of our program, then painted nails and made balloon animals for them. There I meet an elderly lady who is blind, but one of the most joyful and beautiful women ever. While painting her nails I told her my name was Gloria. Each time I told her, her instant response was “Gloria a Dios,” which means “Praise/glory to God.” It was so precious to have my name be a reminder of how we are to praise God in every circumstance.
Before we left Merida, we took a short trip to a new development where we saw the land for Pastor Miguel’s new church plant. The land was donated to them and will have a huge impact on the community. There we prayed over the project for God’s provision, for a fruitful ministry, and for spiritual protection.
After a much needed siesta, our team headed out to the public hospital to serve pancakes to the residents’ families. At this hospital they require that a family member be in the room at all times to take care of them. However, that means that many family members lived outside of the hospital for days or weeks at a time. During this time of service our team got to be the hands and feet of the body of Christ, while members of Pastor Miguel’s church were the mouth piece praying for the people there. It was so much fun to work with the members of the local church – like a big international family!
There are so many stories that could be told about today. But one thing is for certain – God is at work in both the little things and the big things on this trip. Not because of our own efforts, but because of His, and for His glory.