Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Report from Sunday

Sometimes we are asked, "Why are you so passionate about Venezuela?" The long answer is too long for this post. The picture at the left gives the short answer.

Sunday was Children's Day in Venezuela. We attended the Ondas de Paz United Methodist Church of Venezuela along with the mission team from the Tucker UMC in Tucker, GA. You will see a picture of their team below.

What a great day of celebration we enjoyed at Ondas de Paz! The Sanctuary was filled and some adults were outside. The worship music was GREAT! The presence of the Holy Spirit was so real, no one there doubted we had been in the presence of the Lord. There were dozens of children and the service was designed for them. The pastor, Alexander and his wife Amerylis led the children in worship. He then preached a short, but effective sermon to the parents and congregation on our responsibility to the children.

The service was followed by hamburgers and playtime on the trampoline, inflatable castle, face painting, etc. It was a very special morning and afternoon in the life of Ondas de Paz and especially for those of us in attendance from the US.

The Tucker Team arrived safely to Carbudare on Saturday and were warmly welcomed Saturday and again on Sunday by the Church at Ondas de Paz. They commenced a construction project on Monday. Their goal this week in working with the people of Ondas de Paz is to remove a church office, creating more badly needed worship space in the sanctuary, build a new office on the rear of the structure and, if time allows, add a small addition on the sanctuary, again increasing the seating capacity. It is clearly obvious this space is needed.

Sunday was also a special day for our daughter in law, Lim, and our son, Jared, and granddaughter, Zoe. Lim got to return to the home she grew up in. This was after 3 years of absence from Venezuela following her marriage to Jared. It is the building that houses Ondas de Paz. Her father and mother, Efrain and Bethsaida Morales, planted the church in their home, then donated the building to the Wesley Association of Venezuela when they moved to the United States to start the Hispanic Ministry at Snellville UMC.

Stay tuned for more reports from Venezuela... And pray for the resources needed for this work. Also, please consider making a financial gift to Venezuela Now, Inc. You can mail it to the Post Office Box indicated above in the masthead.

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