The greatest in the Kingdom - by Grace & Kyle

Kyle - we worked on construction of the house. There was lots of sanding and mudding to be done. We also helped wire the house for electricity. It was amazing to watch how a house is built in Bogata.  While we were working, we saw a litter of puppies next door. We see many dogs as we work through our daily projects. Dinner was a treat with a doughnut type dessert covered with sugar sprinkles.

Grace – we went to the public school in Santa Cecilia where we made bracelets with five beads that signified what Christ has done for us. White represents the unity with God, black symbolizes sin that separates us from God, red  reflects the sacrifice God’s only son did for us on the cross, Blue represents water in the right of passage as followers of Christ and cleanses our sins. Lastly, Green is the growth in a relationship with God. Wholesome cannot even begin to describe the experience at the school. It reminded me when Jesus was talking amongst his disciples in Matthew 18:4-5, “anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me “. 

We were warmly welcomed by the students of the school. We received endless  hugs and smiles. Along with teaching the children the meaning of each bead, we also went over each color in English teaching the children the meaning of each bead, we authentic connection by embracing our differences in language. Later in the day, we attended our first day with oasis, the Christ centered afterschool program. Many of the same children of the public school attend Oasis. To see the delight in their eyes to meet our team filled me with great joy. Anita, Carolyn and I taught ages six through seven about Manchester Christian church mission and to ask God to give us one person to share his love with. Every moment of the day reminded me of the Lords infinite love for me and his mercies are from everlasting to everlasting.