Friday, July 11, 2008

Back in the Saddle Again!

Well after two weeks in Peru, a week traveling to see all our family and a week at home recovering from "vacation" I finally feel like I have the energy and creative capacity to blog again.

Most likely the next several entries will be stories from our Peru trip. Maybe I will have a few funny stories mixed in, you never know. Emma starts potty training next week.......

I guess I will start at the beginning of the trip and go from there.

We spent the first week in a little town called Lamay working with a pastor from Cusco. There were maybe 3000 people that lived there. Every town, large or small, has at least one Plaza where every one hangs out after dinner, so that is where we preformed our drama and did our first outreach.

The turn out wasn't huge, but the results were big. Despite the language barrier, were were able to pray for several people for healing. After most prayers trying to ask if they still felt pain was hard (especially if all the medical Spanish you know is, "abre la boca" open your mouth.) but there were a few times when the answer was obvious.

A few of my team members prayed with a man who suffered from chronic headaches and back pain. I was standing to the side watching them pray, and when they asked him if he still had pain he shook his head. Not to answer "yes" or "no", but to check for pain. There was none. He started thanking them and hugging them, and all the while they were telling him how much Jesus loved him. When they were finished talking, and he was walking away, he was still shaking his head in amazement.

The pain wasn't there and he was dumbfounded by that. There were several people who were saved that night as well. It was a great way to kick off our outreach.

Luke 10:9 "HEAL the sick who are there and tell them, "The kingdom of God is near you"."

Lord, thank you for pouring out your spirit on the town of Lamay. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve and pray for the city. May you continue to draw the people unto you and into the church.

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