This afternoon the group visited the happiest place on earth... The adult special needs center at San Martin! We painted many faces and fingernails, did lots of coloring, and danced until we could dance no more!
Then it was time to go to the HIV/AIDS home for children. Here we had more fun doing Bible stories and other activities. The kids had a great afternoon and so did the group! We are so thankful for a wonderful day full of blessings and so many happy faces!
Here is a note from Dave Sheppard on his experiences from today...
Day six in El Salvador and what a blessed day it has been! We started the day by going to a squatters camp and handing out beans and rice to needy families. The translator would start the conversation by explaining that this family is very important to God, so much so that He sent this group of Gringos to bring them two gifts. The first gift is material in the form of this food being given to your family, the second gift is a spiritual gift of prayer for you and your family. We would ask for specific prayer requests, the standard response was for provision and health with a couple of requests for husbands that have went astray and one father who needed a job. Different members of the team would lead the prayer and the translator would repeat in Spanish words that were spoken.
We then had the awesome privilege of going to St. Martin, a adult special needs facility. I saw God today in a disabled man named David, he was so full of joy and readily gave hugs with affection to total strangers. We were given a tour of the entire facility, which included the homes of some very extremely handicapped adults. After the tour we set up a music system and loud speakers and danced with reckless abandon. Oh the joy that was expressed and the pure happiness that flooded us all, can only be described as priceless. I would encourage anyone reading this to plan on experiencing this blessing for themselves.
The climax of our day was soon eclipsed by the fun we had with children at the HIV/AIDS facility. We started with a drama skit from the OT, David and Goliath. Then we did face painting and played games with the children for over an hour. I can honestly say we were so filled with the Holy Spirit which overflowed our hearts with pure joy. James 1:27 This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Add to that the unwanted, under privileged, oppressed and disabled and you have a recipe for pleasing God and learning the true meaning of giving unconditionally. God is totally awesome and I am so blessed. Come and see what I am talking about yourself, but be prepared for a life changing experience. ~ Dave