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.
C.C. Philly will be going to El Salvador once again. The dates are Dec. 27th – Jan. 5th. El Salvador is one of the countries where we will be involved in for long term ministry – ie. multiple trips a year that are open for the body to participate in. We are partnering with C.C. San Salvador, and will be coming along side of their multiple church plants that are in remote villages and towns throughout the country. Ministry will include music ministry, evangelism and drama, and various construction projects. If you have any questions, or feel like the Lord may be directing you, please see Trevor, Rob Paoletti, or myself for more information.
Also, please feel free to check out www.dropshots.com/ccphillymissions
This will be a page where everyone can look at recent pictures and video from our past mission trips. Right now we just have our last Sr. High trip to Zambia, but in the next couple of days I will add El Salvador pictures, and pictures from the College and Career trip to Montreal.
Lastly, I just wanted to give an update on one of our prayer requests for our Zambia trip – “Rosa” our ministry vehicle while in Zambia hasn’t started in a couple of months and the village of Kasempa has NO mechanics at all. I spoke with Ron Wint yesterday, and he said he got the bus to start, but it is far from being fixed. Please pray that the Lord will give Ron wisdom on what may be wrong, and that He would provide the means to fix the problem. Ron and Bridget have less than a week to fix the problem so that they can drive the 14 hours to come and get us in Lusaka! Please continue to pray.