I plan on blogging each day in detail from my journal but I realize folks are busy and they want the Reader's Digest version of my trip so I'm creating this "highlights" post.
First, I am so personally grateful and blessed to have been able to take time away from work and family and serve God in this manner. From 12/3-12/12, I submitted to be a humble servant of our great Lord. Time given but in return has blessed me more than I could have possibly imagined.
During these days, I connected with people in an inexplicable way even though there was such a cultural difference and language barrier. A teenage boy that I only shared worship time with and exchanged loving hugs with, told me on the 2nd night of the crusade (in perfect English), "I have Jesus in my heart because of you". Well, I sure didn't do anything but show up. God's hand was in EVERYTHING and I pray right now that He continues to guide me.
As a group of 35, we achieved over 600 Salvations in the villages, over 7000 meals delivered, 500+ toys, 1 ton of humanitarian relief delivered, 2 brand new classrooms built at the school, over 400 people treated medically and thousands of other lives were saved, healed and delivered!
Personally, I grew closer to God and realized SO many blessings from this trip. Each and every mother I prayed with was a prayer for ME. Every time I recited the prayer of salvation with someone, God touched my heart, forgave ME again and renewed MY spirit. I shed many tears of gratitude during this trip and the only way I could convey what I felt was "I'm not worthy".
I'm so grateful for this trip and can't wait to experience this again. Currently searching for opportunities to serve closer to home.
Here are all the pictures. My detailed blog posts will do a better job incorporating images into the stories of each day.