Greetings to all my brothers and sisters at OSLC,
We are here in Cochabama having a very fruitful experience. We are witnessing the Lord's hand at work everyday. Mark's soccer clinic has been very successful. The older children are always eager to play. This afternoon is the final day of the clinic and they are having a tournament. I don't know who are more excited in anticipation of this, the children or Mark and Abel. They bought Bolivian soccer shirts specifically to wear this afternoon. The children absolutely love Mark! He's a great coach. Children and adults have told him so. Abel is also doing a terrific job coaching. As for myself, I know little about the game and just translate what I am told.
Each day at the park Barbara, Joanne and Wendy have been doing a terrific job of keeping the children entertained by doing crafts with them, painting fingernails and faces, turning jump rope, etc. The children flock to them whether it is because they do not want to play soccer or if they are waiting their turn to play.
VBS has been wonderful. Jenny, the director (?) of Hora Feliz is doing a great job with this. She has incorporated into the program of arts and crafts, the use of pantomime and dance with the children performing. She also uses a lot of participatory music. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces from last and previous years. The children, teachers and parents appeared to be happy to see the Team. They greeted all the hermanos and hermanas warmly and with great enthusiasm.
At church it was the same. Everyone who enters the building or the construction area greets each and every person with a hand shake and a kiss on one or both cheeks for the women and a strong hand shake and arm embrace man to man. In my humble opinion, I believe that things are coming along well. Gracias a Dios. From an exercise that Wendy did with the congregation Tuesday night, there came well over a hundred sticky notes of actions that the members would like to see happening in the church over the next one to three years.
There is so much more that I am looking forward to sharing with you when we return.
Con amor en el nombre de Jesus Cristo,