Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pueblo Nuevo Christmas Party

Our party for Pueblo Nuevo turned into something that I never expected. It was total chaos, overwhelming in more ways than one and amazing to be a part of. Marco's message was about the birth of Jesus. When he asked if anyone wanted to ask Jesus to live in their hearts, more than 100 children made their way to where he was standing. After that awesomeness (because there is no other way to describe it), we provided the children with a snack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, cookies and horchata (a rice drink), had a pinata and distributed toys. We were prepared for just 100 more than 80 have ever attended the ministry when we have been there before and on most days only 30-40 attend. More than 240 children attended the party. While we were not prepared for that many children and we had to cancel craft time and games because of the lack of supplies and space, each child ate and received a toy.

We knew that there would be a line outside. We did not think it would be more than 100. The look on Marco's face when he first opened the door was priceless. He was so excited, as were we, as more than 240 children entered a space that can only hold about 80 children or less comfortably.

Leddy was just a little happy, too. :)

These pictures are out of order. This is some of the more than 100 children that accepted Christ that day.

Hearing their prayer was one of the sweetest things I have ever heard.

Group photo attempt...take 5. No way to get everyone in the went from one of the property to the other.

Their first toys ever...

Jesenia, Jacqueline and Mildre.
Early in the day....Virginia (housekeeper at Casa Bella) and her daughter helping make sandwiches.

Pinata time

A few very happy moms that thanked us constantly throughout the day. Two of them are the mothers of our family's sponsored children. I enjoyed talking with them and am grateful that they each know that we are there because we love their children AND the rest of their families and want nothing but the best for them.

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