Wow. October has absolutely flown by!
As I mentioned in September, I am LOVING my work at Vinculo de Amor, especially the days when I get to be downstairs working with the babies. I have been focused on learning as much as possible about how things work there… how they clean, do laundry, feed the babies, keep a schedule, run the clinic, record information, etc. I have really come to appreciate the super sweet group of niñeras. They are fantastic, extremely friendly, inviting, and willing to teach me a lot! Obviously the babies are absolutely precious, and I love working with them as well. It is amazing to see a malnourished baby come in and leave totally transformed. They go from skin and bones (or excess water weight) to plumped up (or not swollen), from crying to smiling, from lying in bed to walking around, from barely tolerating a bottle to eating baby food. I love it.
October also brings the end of the rainy season. However, I am finding myself more and more thirsty. This kind of thirst, though, is for Living Water. When I am in my room at night, I can hear people talking in the park across the street, the music playing at more than one bar, and various car alarms and sirens. I have also been researching the sad statistics about malnutrition in El Salvador, hearing about factors that have shaped the culture here (such as the breakdown of the family unit), and seeing brokenness all around me. This city is dried up. It is like a desert in need of rain. The people walking around this city are like dry bones in need of the breath of life (Ezekiel 37). Clearly, God is the only One that can bring life. Please pray that God will pour out His presence on this city starting with us, and that we would be filled to overflowing with Living Water. We desperately need the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to be manifested in our lives and the lives of the broken around us. Please pray that we will go deeper in our relationship with Christ, so that it really is His love flowing through us to others, and our motivation becomes the glory of God… but that’s a conversation for another day. =)
What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. Psalm 116:12-14