Last week we had a word that was very important. Flexibility.
After our day off on Monday, the week started. From Tuesday until Friday, we had a kid’s event every morning. We had different ages every day, so we had planned different activities. Tuesday, the bus was one and a half hour late, which left us with an hour left. Wednesday, the bus was late again. We had to be flexible again. Thursday, it was late again. But we were better prepared now so; over to plan B. Friday, late again. But again, we were well prepared; over to plan B. It was very interesting to see how the team grew, even over those four days. Where we lost a bit of the message those first days, the third and fourth time, the team was prepared for it, and the events were really good. The kids had lots of fun, and the message was being delivered really well. It was a great learning experience.
In the afternoons, we didn’t have to be as flexible. We were divided into groups, to do different things every day. Some went on house visits, some did practical work. Some played football, some did street evangelism. It was good to have our week planned out, more than before.
Things still change last minute though. On Saturday we were going to a wedding. It was a really special wedding, because it was a prison wedding. It would have been a great opportunity to see the prison and get to know the people there, because we might do ministry in the prison later. But on Friday night we received a phone call. We couldn’t come as there was not enough security to host us. Everyone was very disappointed at first, but again, flexibility. So, instead, we had another opportunity to organize and plan things we wanted to do.
And, we made the most of it. In the morning, we went to the park; an area uphill where a lot of kids play with their kites, where drug users hang out and where guys play football. We decided to do some worship there. It was a really good time! Then in the afternoon, we helped on the base with a football tournament. We got to play with a lot of young guys, and afterwards Jamie and Matt shared a testimony. A great learning experience as well, because those guys play some awesome football.
The highlight of the week happened Saturday night. The team had the idea of going on a prayer walk through the community. And so we went to visit different places. The favela at night is a lot different than during the day. The prayer walk was awesome! We heard ‘spiritists’ drumming their rhythms, we came across different houses we had visited before, went to some key places and we prayed. We prayed a lot. God put different things on our hearts and we all got to connect with His heart. It was an amazing time, where we really got to experience the spiritual atmosphere and were we prayed for what God had put on our hearts, the people we had met earlier, pictures and words God gave us. It was an awesome experience that we wouldn’t have had if we had gone to the prison. God can use anything, I guess!