The past couple times that we have visited Amparo's community have been full of joy! Two weeks ago, we arrived to see a birthday celebration in progress for Ezekiel, the pastor's 5 year old grandson who has completely stolen our hearts. The kids were absolutely delighted with the music, the sweets, the face painting, and the piñata! It was a day full of joy.
We had some special guests tag along as well. Mimi, one of our amazing translators, brought her family to give them a look at what we have done and are continuing to do in this community. Her parents loved seeing what their daughter has been participating in, and her siblings begged to come back again!
This week, Chris was able to meet with Pastor Jose and his son, Astor, to discuss plans to start a men's group. What better way to bring them together than a soccer team? It is clear that this is their favorite sport, and sometimes it is the only way to get people to participate in a group like this. They plan to start meeting as soon as possible to play, build relationships, and share the gospel in a comfortable setting.
Sunday, there was a great turn out at church, with new and younger faces in attendance. And to make it even better, they all wanted to participate in the drama ministry! I taught them a drama set to "Todo en mi" by Mauricio Muñoz (the Spanish version of the ever so popular "Everything" by Lifehouse). I honestly think it is an understatement to say that they loved it. At first, everyone was a bit shy but by the end they were really having fun and enjoying the time spent together. They learned the entire thing in just one hour and can't wait to learn another one next week!
Our goal is to be able to go out into the community and the surrounding communities to evangelize and share the gospel in a way that is eye-catching and fun. They expressed their desire to show people that being in the church or in a relationship with God is not boring or strict, but fun and exciting. They want to convey that life doesn't end when they commit to God, but it is only the beginning of something much bigger than you could ever imagine.
Personally, I am beyond happy every time I am in the community. I love to see that God's children have a heart for others, for the lost. It is a blessing to already see changes throughout the community, the church, and the family. We are so blessed to be able to have another family here in Buenos Aires.