A VBS outreach today held at a local market.
Pastor Rob and Haidee Ortega leading worship at Calvary Chapel San Salvador’s saturday evening service.
Alde Ortega sharing his testimony at Calvary Chapel San Salvador’s satuday evening service.
Here are some pictures from the first outreach at the Calvary Chapel of Santa Maria.
Playing the “Parachute” game in Santa Maria – during the kids outreach
Lizzie Savar enjoying some face painting in Santa Maria
Pastor Mario, and his wife. He is the Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Santa Maria, El Salvador – a 2 1/2 hour drive from the capitol of San Salvador.
Here is Craig and Ruth Ridell making balloons for the kids during the outreach.
Please continue to pray for the team as they will be involved in outreaches, and construction projects during this next entire week. Trevor wrote today and said that Pastor Mario was encouraged by over half of the children and their parents that came to the church after the outreach to the children that day. Please continue to pray for their saftey, for their health, and for the Lord to continue to work in the hearts of each team member, as well as those that they will come in contact with throughout the week. Pray for the salvation of many El Salvadorians this week ! I will continue to keep you guys updated as I hear from the team.
Everything is going great down here, yesterday was our first real outreatch of the trip. We drove almost 2.5 hrs which is half way across the country to the town of Santa Maria where pastor Mario and his wife have been leading Calvary Chapel Santa Maria for 6 years. They were such great hosts, he rode all the way to our hotel on a bus, then rode with us out there only to turn around and lead us back and then take the bus back early this morning and bus travel is what you might expect in a country like this. We did an outreach with the kids in the area which was great and they invited the parents to stay when they picked up their kids and Rob and the girls did a great concert. Half of the kids and parents who came out, it was there first time at the church and pastor Mario was really excited. The sign by the church says the church who worships the god of Israel, that was very cool. We got back late to San Salvador, tired but very blessed by the whole day.
Well after the usual last minute packing frenzy, crazy bus ride to JFK and all the joys of air travel this time of year, we are all very blessed to be at our hotel in San Salvador on schedule and with no major losses or injuries. We are staying in a pretty updated part of downtown (Burger King and Pizza Hut are within walking distance), but no one could mistake the change as we drove the hour from the airport to the capital and were witness to rural living in Central America, filled with shacks and people trying to make a living however they can. Tomorrow we are heading out of the capital to one of the smaller churches which is in a more remote area of the country. Our desire is to encourage the Church that is there as well as help them reach out to the community and share the love of Christ. So if you would pray for us that would be great, the Lord has already answered little and big prayers alike in amazing ways. Now we are looking forward to seeing what doors He will open up for us as we go out.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Isaiah 9:2 says “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”
As we celebrate the birth of our Lord today, I can’t help but think about so many peoples (ethnos) who have never heard or read about this “Child that was born, this Son given”. Hundreds upon hundreds of people groups who will not celebrate the joy of Christ with us today, not because their hearts have been hardened to the glorious gospel of Christ, but because they have never heard about Him. I pray that the continual goal and aim for us as believers in Christ would be to ” Make known His deeds among the peoples, and proclaim that His name is exalted” (Isa. 12:4). That we would join in with Psalm 96 and “Sing to the Lord, bless His name, tell of His salvation from day to day. Declaring His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples”. Please join me today in praying that the Lord of the harvest will thrust out more laborers into His harvest field – for His glory !
I also wanted to ask that you pray for our team of 22 who are going to El Salvador from Dec. 27th – Jan. 5th. I will be updating the blog with pictures and more information and prayer requests throughout their trip. They will be coming alongside of the local Calvary Chapel church plants in remote area’s of the country in both construction projects, and outreaches in which they will get to share the gospel through music, drama, video, and of course the Word of God. Pray that they will be a blessing to the local pastors, that many would come to know Jesus through the outreaches, and that the Lord would do great things in and through all who will be going.
Prayer is the translation into a thousand different words of a single sentence: ” Apart from me (Christ), you can do nothing”. How we need to wake up to how much nothing we spend out time doing – John Piper
In one of the books that I am currently reading, I came across this statement, and I must confess that the Lord challenged me about the truth of that statement written above. We all know John 15:5, but I guess the thing that the Lord spoke to me about was, do I believe it. If I truly did believe it for all that it is, I would so often have another answer to the daily tasks of my life. The emails that have to be answered or written, or to the phone call that needs to be made, or the people that need counsel, or the meeting I have to run to, all the while His voice calmly speaking, “Without Me, you can do nothing”. How I long for that extra hour or two to spend in His presence. How I need it.
Though during this time of the year we are filled with joy, and love, and we reflect upon the “Child that was born, the Son that was given”, I also personally know that we can often be overcome with stress, and we often are running here or there, or trying to finish this or that and all the while the Lord is saying “your anxious, and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary”. Let us labor to spend time with the One who alone says, “without Me, you can do nothing”.