My goodness… what a DAY! We went to the last day of VBS at our first church, and oh my, it was emotional! We had such a good last day there and got to meet so many precious kids and amazing families. About 130 kids showed up!!! All of the kids wanted to take our picture and give us final hugs before we left them and it was so sweet. Many memories were made and we all connected with the kids so much. The staff of that church was so thankful that they brought us in to their small church kitchen and gave us all some cake that one of the members made for us. Our team threw some money together and were able to bless that church with an offering that they were so grateful for. Sad tears were shed as we left that church for the last time, but we told them that we would be back next year. 😉 After our goodbyes, we went to a place where we could canopy zip line! And boy, was that a true experience. As we went higher and higher into the tropical forest, (and ran into a bright green snake) we got more and more nervous. There were twelve platforms with different zip lines. Some short and some VERY long… like 800 meters long. The adrenaline was flowing and our team all had SO much fun! We had a very long and emotional day, but all grew in our relationships together and with the Lord. Thank you all so much for praying for us as we have been on our adventure, God has truly been watching over us and we all want to come back next year.
Day five was the start of our second VBS with a new church. We didn’t have as many kids as the last few days, but we enjoyed connecting with the new faces and even some familiar ones. The story was about the death and resurrection of Christ. Paige and Pastor Brent (or Brent #1) did a great job telling the kids how much God loves them and died for our sins. Then they participated in three stations. I was with the youngest group and we started with games. Since there were so few kids, people from our team played pato, pato, ganso (duck, duck, goose) with them. It was fun and they really got into it. Today in crafts they made salvation bracelets. And in their object lesson we talked about the cross and how it reminds us to love God and others. We also visited a local man that has kept part of his property very natural with frogs (some poisonous) and monkeys and other natural wildlife. We then visited a local hot spring. They are very cool and relaxing. We ended the night with delicious burgers and a video showing pictures from our zip-lining trip. Overall it was a fun day and we continue to see God changing the kids we are serving, all while changing us too. We are excited for the next two days!