It has been a very quiet day here at base camp. Trevor, Max, Sable, Julia, and Kate have all been able to get plenty of good, healing rest. All were able to make an appearance in the gathering area and sit on some couches for while or take a deep, cleansing breath outside on the patio. They were all able to either drink a bit of tea, juice, or water with ice chips and hold it down. Some were able to even eat some saltines. Why all these details? Well…that’s how I roll (just ask my husband…what should be a two minute response to a question he has for me can often turn into a 10 minute one) But also…I wanted to write about God’s grace throughout the day here. Sometimes we take these little grace points for granted, don’t we?
His grace IS sufficient and this morning when we had the early morning impromptu Bible study the 5-6 girls who were there sounded like angels singing. After reading through the first part of James 1 and parts of Philippians 1 we began singing Open the Eyes of my Heart Lord. They harmonized in their singing so beautifully it literally sounded like angels surrounding us. I wish you all could have been here to experience that.
Well…like I said, I stayed all day and the rest of the team should be arriving back to basecamp in the next couple of hours. I can’t wait to hear how God used them today to shed light to a remote, indigenous village.
One last thing. One of our past Christian high students who graduated last year and went with Brian and me a couple of summers ago to Guatemala with our first GRCH team (Kelly Doles) took the time to write a letter to this year’s team. We handed out her letter on the airplane along with all the precious letters and cards from the elementary school kids. Here is a part of her letter that has really hit home for many of us today. It reads: “One day when we were building houses, Dan asked us to pray for God to stop it from raining. Now, it was in the rainy season at that time, and the sky was swelling with dark clouds. I couldn’t believe he actually wanted us to pray to stop the rain, so I went into it kind of half heartedly, when a team member, Mario, told us ‘It’s amazing how powerful your prayers are when you believe the results are actually possible.’ So we began to pray, believing that God would hold off the rain so we could finish up the houses. When we finished the houses, as Dan went inside with one of the families to dedicate the home to their family, we gathered around the house to sing and pray while Dan spoke to the family about Jesus Christ’s great love. Little children from the village climbed onto our laps and began to hum along with us and wrap their little arms around us as we sat in prayer and song…We decided to sing the song ‘Grace like Rain’ When we got to the chorus, it just started pouring. All of the rain that God held off the whole day just began to pour down as Dan spoke with that family.”
I was personally struck this morning when we girls prayed together for healing of those who were sick and for sustenance for those who weren’t. I really began thinking about Kelly’s letter…do I really believe that the results of our prayers are possible? I have been challenged by this all day and I challenge you- the mother, the dad, the sibling, grandparent, friend, acquaintance to ask yourself that same question. I don’t know that I pray like Mario challenged us to pray- to pray believing! Please continue to pray for our team, believing that he will wipe away all the germs that may still persist in our group. Pray that he will calm the souls of the few who are still struggling with a little bit of anxiety. Pray that not only the Guatemalans will be opened to accept the freedom of having Jesus Christ but also that all of us Americans (and one Canadian…my shout out to JESSE!! 🙂 will surrender ourselves to him and that we will allow HIM to fill us!