This afternoon we had a feast and I mean FEAST for a group of boys who started out working as wheelbarrow pushers in the Saturday market.
This group of well-mannered boys come from the South end of town which is very, very poor. They all come from rough homes where neglect and drunkenness are all too common. However, looking at these boys you could never tell they came from such a rough part of town. They are so happy. They are so filled with joy.
Do you know why I think this is?
A few years ago a missionary couple made the effort to reach out to these boys. This couple had the boys over every Sunday for lunch, they discipled them, and they truly loved them as their own. Unfortunately this couple has had to return to the states as they have retired from the field.
How has this affected the boys?
Instead of these boys running to the streets to find "acceptance" they are thriving in school, one is in Seminary, and another works at a Compassion site! Christ's love is truly flowing in and through these boys!
How the afternoon went...
Chris began by sharing a devotional in Spanish on Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Then we feasted. There was tons and tons of food- thanks to an amazing missionary named Lorna who cooked and cooked and cooked! Bless her heart!
Main course: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, carrots & broccoli, and cucumbers.
Dessert: chocolate cupcakes w/Hershey kisses (those are hard to find here!), lots and lots of jello (Bolivians LOVE jello!!), and huge servings of ice cream to top it off.
In honor of Mother's Day the boys got together to Skype their missionary "mom". How sweet is that?! And the day ended with a game of soccer, who would of thought??
What a great beginning and ending to an amazing day!