Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Our First Group

Our first visiting group got here on Saturday afternoon, and it has been non-stop since then! Thank goodness the group is organized and led by YouthWorld. Chet and Katie Williams are leading the team, and they've brought tons of teams here. We're taking the opportunity to learn everything we can from them.

This is basically what I'm currently doing almost full-time right now. Throughout the summer, we have teams pretty much back-to-back. We also have about 20 people coming in 1's and 2's to work for a month or two at a time. It is a HUGE blessing to have this many people come to work! It is also A LOT of work to organize all of their travel and lodging logistics. Whenever we host a team on our own, we plan everything for them. When YouthWorld brings a team, they handle all of the logistics, and we work alongside them with what's going on here.

For this week, Dwight continues to work at the work-site, where the group sends about 12 people every day. I have a group of 6 or 7 here at the orphanage, and the kids are eating up the attention. They're all currently at the park....which makes this blog possible. :-) I haven't been able to sit down for emails since the team got here!

We're having a blast, and I'm excited to see how God works in each person's heart. We join the group each night for dinner and some time of worship/discussion/debrief of the day and what everyone has experienced. It's been awesome so far, and it makes us excited for what's to come this summer. Please keep us in your prayers, that we would lead with love and grace. Keep the group in your prayers as they continue on their travels after they leave Shell.

I'll post a slide-show after the group leaves. Sorry, no pics this time!

OH!....and Patti Sue is coming back this Saturday!!! THANK YOU, LORD!!! She's been in the States for 3 weeks now. Although I want to learn all the Spanish I can...I have definitely been experiencing the language barriers lately! It will be nice to have the head honcho back where she belongs. :-)

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