We start out each day with an excellent breakfast (the food has been great, as our scales will remind us when we get home!), followed by a time of worship and prayer. It has been exciting to see answered prayer: team members healed, work accomplished, and fellowship developed. We praise God for all He is doing and will do.
The work is progressing well. Many of the projects are taking real form, as the new walls on the outside of the dining room are stained, interior and exterior of the kitchen storage facility are getting finishing touches, walls of the new offices and bathroom at the church are completed, and the new tile floors in the girls dorm are laid. We only have three workdays left!
One project that was a big hit was the repainting of the playground equipment. When the girls returned from school, they flocked to the playground and played and played. Those who have come for many years said they never saw so many on the playground at once!
Thursday night, we went to dinner in Santiago, enjoying an excellent “carne” plate of chicken, steak and pork chops (delicious!). We then took a quick turn (in the dark) through downtown, passing the presidential palace and the legislature.
Friday night, the orphanage hosted a fundraiser with beautiful music, a stand up comedian (we made him sit down!), and worship. They sold some jewelry, cards, and other items made by staff and former students, with part of the proceeds going to the orphanage.
But, of course, it is all about the girls. Our desire, like God’s, is that they all come to a knowledge of the truth: to know Jesus and to live for Him. While we are here, we also want to offer support and comfort in safe relationships with teens and adults who care about them. It is clear that the “tias”, or aunts, that take care of them in the orphanage really do love them, but they are still hungry for intimacy with caring adults.