From 24th June to 4th July, a Group of 10 young people from a church in California, led by Guillermo, a Paraguayan ex-student of Sam’s, came to serve in the home and community of Quyquyhó. Guillermo works for DreamWorks as an animator and has been involved in the animation of such films as Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar 3.
Their ministry in the home and community consisted of Bible studies, games, music, sports, English, drama, dance, and jewellery and card making. We had great fun one evening learning how to make American cookies. They showed 3 films in the village and shared the message of God's love with testimonies. Their energy seemed endless!
They did a children’s club in a nearby poor community and bought t-shirts, socks and underwear for the children. Their activities included face painting, games, and an evangelistic puppet show.
They ministered in 6 primary and secondary schools throughout the area doing face painting, games, balloon animals, music and art. One of the group was a computer expert and helped the schools improve their computing facilities as well as giving training to the teachers. A social worker and training psychologist gave educational talks on life skills, women’s health, drugs, sex and abuse. These proved to be particularly powerful as no-one had ever given young people talks on these topics before. There were many questions and we were able to talk and pray with young people afterwards and see God begin a work of deep inner healing in their lives.
The team made many generous donations to the home including a data projector, medicines, DVDs and winter coats. The highlight, however, was the donation of 5 new laptops all installed with free open source software in Spanish, educational games, and word processing and spreadsheet programmes. Wi-Fi was installed as well as classroom management software so the teacher can see the screens of the students and they can see the teacher’s for demonstration purposes. Sam will begin computing lessons with all the older girls in the July holidays using the guides Rupert produced. Once the girls are trained we hope they will teach young people from the village. We are particulary excited about this as it has been Osvaldo and OSA's vision for some time to open a computer lab for the community.
On the final evening the boys decorated the dining room for a special meal in honour of the girls. They escorted them to their seats, served them their food, and afterwards gave small presents to each one. Their intention was to show the girls that as daughters of God they are precious and should be treated with honour and respect. In a culture where women are often maltreated by men, they wanted to demonstrate to the girls the attitude that a Christian man should show towards women and to encourage them to settle for nothing less. It was a unique and memorable occasion.
We were all extremely blessed by their visit. Guillermo (below) planned the mission carefully and prayerfully. They were a beautiful group of Christians who came with a heart to serve and bless the community and the Lord honoured their desire.