“If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you,
your Father in heaven will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.”
Matthew 6:14-15 TEV
Thank you so much for coming alongside of us on this journey to El Salvador.
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Our flight leaves for Houston tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:45p.m., and then we leave for El Salvador at 5:45p.m. El Salvador is one hour behind Central Standard Time. We will return late Monday evening, July 6th. I just read today that El Salvador is a land of volcanoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes…..this may prove to be a great adventure! We are most thankful for your partnership and faithful prayers.
COME WITH ME to worship service in Zimbabwe…
It could be anywhere. It is desperately hot and this year the country was hit by a devastating drought. The children are hungry. Many haven’t had a meal in two days. Everyone walks to church, some as far as 15 miles. The lucky church members have an extra change of clothes to wear just for Sunday. Children pad in bare feet along the highway, its tarmac blistering hot.
The church meets outside a school building, under the questionable shade of a baobab tree (which for 10 months a year is bare). The heat rises to well over 100 degrees. The people sit on rocks and sing from memory. Only the song leader has a hymn book, tattered and dog-eared. Often he sings a phase, and the members repeat it in responsive fashion. Only three Bibles are found in this crowd of close to 100 people. They sit in the heat, listening to a sermon that will last up to an hour after the man at the Lord’s Supper has already spoken for 45 minutes.
After services, the people gather around a fire and a blackened cast iron pot. They are cooking sadza, a corn-meal mush, and will add covo, a green, spinach-like relish to help the taste. Several weeks ago someone actually brought a scrawny chicken to supplement the meal. Children watch as the elderly eat first. If there is anything left in the plates, they will clean the plates themselves (and I don’t mean with dish detergent). A fellowship meal? Not exactly. For many, this is the only meal they will eat for another two days.
How convenient is your Christianity? (Stan Mitchell)
Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
and to you who feel secure in Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!”
Does that make you think?