Our exchange student, Katelyn, from Georgia Tech went on her first weekend trip with a student. Being invited to a student's house for the weekend is a great step in relationship building here. Katelyn is slowly learning the language and finding ways to communicate and build relationships despite being in a different culture, first time away from home, and having to speak a foreign language. Celebrate with Katelyn!!!
|Katelyn at En Vivo|
This semester we have 12 student leaders who have made the commitment to serve God through El Pozo. Last semester we had 5 and only one male, this semester 7 of the 12 are guys!!! This is an answer to prayers from all last semester since we have a lack of male influence on our staff right now and did not want that to influence the students we were able to reach. Our 12 leaders are all stepping up and taking on roles that last semester they were not doing. Mariana is welcoming everyone as they come in the doors on Tuesday night. Frank is taking on the fundraising for our spring break mission trip to build houses with Casas por Cristo. Irma and Monica are praying before their basketball games with the team and setting an example on and off the court. Abdi, Hans, and Cesar are continually asking how they can help and serve the ministry as they learn more about how El Pozo works and what God wants for them in their lives while Marco and JP have become leaders of the band. Each student has found ways to serve God using their unique talents and passions. Not only do they have hearts for service they also desire to learn and grow as followers of Christ through our weekly small group bible studies. We would love to have 50 students involved in leadership, but for they time being, we are celebrating the 12. Celebrate with Hans, Carlos, Marco, Frank, Abdi, Cesar, JP, Tania, Sayra, Mariana, Monica and Irma!!!
|Hans with Stephany, both are new to the community this semester|
|Cesar with a few international students he met during orientation week. He is a guide for all new students during orientation.|
|Frank, Mariana and Gustavo serving dinner|
|Irma, front center, and Monica, right, with other basketball girls|
|Abdi, Marco and JP|
|Tania, right, at our weekly devotional lunch|
|Carlos, at computer, is our computer/sound guy...after En Vivos he puts on Karaoke for everyone to sing along with|
|Sayra, second from left, has been key in bringing along her fellow track and field teammates|
Speaking of celebrating the little victories...I asked Frank last night to pray in front of everyone for our spring break trip during En Vivo. He got real nervous and said he didn't know how to pray out loud or in front of people, so Abdi prayed. Right now, Frank is sitting in the office across from me as I write this blog working on his school work. My alarm went off at 2pm reminding me to pray for the two houses that we want to build this spring break. We both looked at each other as Kami's alarm went off as well. Frank folds his hands and says, "ok we have to pray" and then with a little prompting from us, proceeds to pray out loud, in front of people for God to provide all our needs and keep us strong from now until the houses are built in late March...Little victories!!!
One more victory to share...For the past 4 years we have worked alongside a kid's home doing various activities with them throughout the year. In December we had a party for all the kids that consisted of singing, games, piñatas, and presents. 34 students went along with several other people from within the community like parents and local business owners. This semester it has been a desire of ours to be more consistent in our presence at the kid's home, so we started the first week of school going Friday afternoon. Now it has turned into a student led initiative that happens every other week. Gustavo has been key in inviting and leading these hang out times with the kids. He is one of the leaders on the university's football team and has been awesome at inviting his teammates to not only hang out at the kid's home but also to El Pozo's weekly events. Celebrate with Gustavo and El Pozo!!!
|Gustavo with some of the kids last week|