The trip is going well and the students are learning what teaching looks like first hand. They've made invaluable friendships with the Korean leaders and children, grown together as a team and stepped out of their comfort zones. We are headed to a larger camp for our second week where there will be around 250 kids and 60 Korean teachers. We ask for prayer for patience, peace and a love for these children that only comes from God. We also ask for energy as doing as much as we are called to during this period will be mentally and physically taxing for us all. We need sharp minds and focus so we can engage missionally and prayerfully with those around us. We can't wait to see what God does in the midst of unknowns!
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We are at or near or nearly past our mid trip date. We have kind of lost track of time. That happens here. We have been involved in some amazing Awana ministries. The photos attached are of the Super Rally. Two afternoons we were lead through streets by a brass band and attracted hundreds of children. We shared the Gospel a crazy number of times with children making decisions to follow Jesus. The area is well supported by a lot of local Awana clubs. Zambia saw its first Gospel Clown.
We are in high spirits, well fed, well rested albeit tired, and closer than when we started. Our Lord's work in us, through us, and around us is evident.
We praise the Lord for your support,
Greetings from South Korea!
All nine of us arrived safely this afternoon after traveling for 16 hours. The international flight was smooth and served complimentary hot meals. It was a good experience for the 7 of us who had never traveled internationally before.
The Awana team met us after we cleared customs and immigration. We made it back to Awana Headquarters on Korea, which is hosting us for our first night. For some of us the heat and humidity is a new experience but not for the Texans or the Alabaman. We are looking forward to prepping for ministry tomorrow and going through the curriculum we will be using in depth.
Philippians 4:4 is emerging as our trip verse. Rejoice in everything! In the similarities and in the differences, in what is difficult and what is simple, the highs and lows, the pits and the peaks.
Keep praying for us and we will see you soon!
YMI South Korea 2017
"Bom dia" means good morning!
We can't believe a week has already gone by. The children's camp ended yesterday and we had a couple of children accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. Many children said their faith grew just by coming to camp. At first the children were hesitant relating to the Americano YMI team but by the end of the week they couldn't stop hugging us and many were crying because camp ended. Our daily schedule looked like this...breakfast, praise and worship, morning lesson, small group discussions, crafts/games, lunch, free time at the beach or park, dinner, praise/worship, and testimonies.
Our YMI team adjusted to the Portugal culture very well. At first, the language barrier was a frustrating because most of the children didn't speak English. Thank God there are Portuguese translators willing to help. The Portuguese staff are very warm and hospitable. They go out of their way to try to please us. Today we will go to a church by the beach. This church ministers to the beach goers and surfers. It is an English speaking church. We don't know what to expect but it sounds very interesting.
This coming Monday and Tuesday we will go to a Teen Challenge facility. Wednesday we will take a tour around Porto. Thursday and Friday we will help with a family camp. God is doing great things here in Esmoriz. We are being blessed and growing in our faith in so many ways. To God be the Glory!
The Portugal Team
Today we started off by having a split devotional led by Geno and Alex. We then visited the mall and exchanged our American dollars for Zambian kwacha followed by a visit to the shopping mall where the kids were excited to try the different types of chocolate that could be found.
At lunch, a brave few of us became true Zambians by eating a fish head! Brenda even ate the eyes! Most of the kids are hoping to have fish again so they can try the fish eyes for themselves.
We battled the jet lag by taking an afternoon nap. These first few days can be rough, but everyone is doing well.
We just want to say, "zikomo" which is Zambian for thank you. Thank you for your support of your children in preparing for this mission and thank you for your prayers!