This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Adios, Venezuela--It's Good To Be Home

The mission trip to Caracas & Cua, Venezuela was a great success.

It was such a blessing to be there for the week.  The team of missionaries was amazing.  And the people were beautiful and extremely loving.  It was such an incredible blessing to be among them.  One of the "locals" I didn't like very much was the virus that infected about 9 of us on the team.  I spent 3 days out of commission with a N-A-S-T-Y intestinal bug.  Yowzer, it was fierce!!!  It started on Thursday and I'm still not at 100% a week later.  Nevertheless, the week was a big success.

Central to the week was the 3-day crusade on the DNA of Relationships.  Al and Marie Ramirez did an amazing job.  Al preached and the people LOVED his messages.  There probably isn't a more relevant topic in Venezuela than relationships.  Marie was a big hit with the youth as well.  It was so cool to see them in action.

The Venezuelan Flag

The City of Caracas
No, I didn't take the picture, but I love 
the "message" it seems to convey.

Our immediate team.  The three guys in
the center of the 2nd row are the local
team.  (Matt & Sam are members of the
Team Expansion ministry; Dairo is a Colombian 
evangelist.)  The other six of us are from the 
Huntington Beach church.  
(The bird is our Outreach Team mascot;
he goes on all FCC missions trips.)

This is the house where Lee, Lucas, and I stayed.
Also in the house were Matt, Sam, and Dairo.
Much fun together, in spite of water shut-offs on
Monday and Thursday!  Pictured is Lucas Quass,
an amazing young guy from our church.

This little guy was roaming the street in
front of our house.  Iguanas are apparently
everywhere in Venezuela.  I'd never seen
one "in the wild" before.

This is a view from the porch of Eric and
Chris Berry's home.  The Berrys started the 
work in Cua about three years ago.  Its amazing
success is attributable to their vision and
walk with God.  (I wish I had a good picture
of them to post.  The one I have isn't very
flattering to either of them.)

I won't deny's great to be home.  I'm not a big fan of folding toilet paper and putting it in a trash can instead of flushing it (when you have water to flush!).  But, in spite of the "sanitation situation," I'm so very thankful for the Venezuelan experience.  It was a great blessing to see how God is working through His people there.


Kristi said...

I love the pics....looks like a great trip!

johnsonandjohnson said...

It's good to have you home!

Roni said...

Welcome home!! Sorry about the nasty "bug!"