How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news… Is.52:7
We are now in Yaviza after spending four full, rich, and challenging days in Plataneres. Life there is so different from what we are used to in Canada, but our team embraced the new lifestyle, as we did our best to connect with the people there.
After we stepped off the boat and climbed the steep stairs into the home of Pastor Hermes and Aleyda, our hosts, we had no time to take in our surroundings before being swarmed by many small children. It wasn´t long before Curtis had four smiling kids hanging from his back and arms. This would become a familiar sight, as we spent a lot of time with the kids, swimming in the river, playing soccer in the rain, leading art projects in the school, and much more.
Girlesa and Janelle
We awoke on Tuesday morning to the news that a respected elder and one of the founders of Plataneres, Egido, died the night before. Our plan of youth events, joyful church services, and leaving on Wednesday suddenly changed as we joined with the Wounaan in mourning. Before the funeral on Thursday, we had the opportunity to gather with many people from various communities in commemorating his life.
As we reflected on our time in Plataneres, we realized that God had placed us there very specifically to support the community during this difficult time. Several people there expressed their gratitude for us being there. Egidio was able to attend the first couple of services we held and Einer and Girlesa really felt that what we shared was specifically meant for him before he went to be with Jesus. What a powerful reminder that God´s plans are so much better than ours.
Wounaan team mate Ezequiel
Our time here so far has been challenging; dealing with heat, a multitude of bug bites, and communication difficulties, but we know that God is faithful and He has placed our team here for a specific time and purpose. We have been so blessed by spending time with Einer, Girlesa and Alan (unfortunately his family isn´t able to be with us) and seeing their heart for the Wounaan.
We visited various homes in Plataneres and got to share with and pray for several families. In one house, Zach shared about how much our church cares for the Wounaan and that we are like family. This moved the woman in the house to tears as she expressed her gratitude for our relationship and support. The Wounaan communities are facing many challenges with land issues, division in leadership, and rebellious youth. In these difficult times, the support and prayers of Forest Grove are so important.
Visiting in homes
Pray for Zach as he´s been feeling a bit nausea lately. Alan is dealing with the flu and Einer is also facing some health challenges, so prayers for healing are very welcome! We hope to send further updates as time and Internet connection allows.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
posted by Brady