Hi Everybody. This is Sandi again. I just wanted to share with you a few more ministry opportunities that we’ve had lately and want to, once again, thank all of you prayer warriors out there. You mean so much to us.
I want to share with you about the opportunity I have had to join a team of ladies that get to visit the Women’s Prison here. Wow, it has been such an eye opener and faith-builder to walk into that prison. And I want to tell you that I have found that (only because of God’s precious Spirit) being in that prison is where I feel the most comfortable, more than anywhere else in Guatemala. I love the ladies and love talking to them and coloring with them and crying and laughing with them. I feel so blessed to be a part of this ministry and covet your prayers for continued opportunities there. (Sorry, no pictures, I can’t bring a camera in there!)
Another ministry, that you already know is so dear to our hearts, is working with the youth at the Children’s homes. Mike has become a “Dad” figure to a lot of them and has gotten very close to many of them, but one girl, Erika, who especially appreciates him so much, even more now since he’s been taking the time to go to her Soccer games every Sunday for the last five weeks.
Erika didn't really believe Mike the first time he said he would pick her up to take her to her game. Mike found her and a friend waiting at the bus stop! She truly didn't believe someone would care enough to take time to watch her game. Now, Mike hasn't missed a single game of hers! That makes an impact!
Maria and I have gone along a couple times too, and enjoy it so much. Maria has even loaned Erika her soccer shoes and shin guards (since Maria’s season doesn’t start until January.)
The games are played in this little typical poor “very Guatemalan” neighborhood. I love the atmosphere and find it such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
We continue to get to know more of the girls at Casa Juvenil, where Erika lives, better and have been taking 2 or 3 of them to The Kairos House with us once a week, when we go to sing and pray with the people there. I think this has really opened up the eyes of these girls as they enjoy ministering to others that have even less than they do. Kairos House is also dear to our hearts, and we are so blessed to be a small part of that ministry.
Another of the girls at Casa Juvenil who doesn't have a dad asked Mike to go to her graduation October 31. She has asked us all to go and we are looking forward to it. It is a BIG deal for her (her name is Diana) and we hope to help make it a very special day for her.
Erika gets the ball
God is good…..and we are so thankful that he has called us to this “Land of Opportunities.”