The last 5 days have been energetic, fun, fast-paced, exhausting and exciting all at the same time! We had between 25 and 30 kids coming to the Holiday Bible Club each day and we are certain God was speaking to the kids and parents during that time. The kids were both those of street mums that we know already (i.e. Sofia's kids whom we mentioned last week), as well as kids from the local community which consists of a lot of broken families or parents with drink or drug problems.
On Sunday we had the final day of the club to which the parents were invited. Lots of them came and a lot of them made decisions to invite Christ in to their lives at the end of the morning. The kids performed the songs they had learnt during the week and their was a drama that some of the youth had put together. The youth were mainly the street boys who had volunteered to help out during the week - we'll call them Mick, Ed and Andy - and they all did a great job helping to register the kids when they arrived, helping in the kitchen, and helping with one of the workshops that were running during the week. They all seemed to be really motivated and allowing them to take on responsibilities really enhanced their self esteem and increased the trust between us.
Please continue to pray for Sofia and her kids - Sara and Andres, they have had a few ups and downs this week, but they have agreed to do a marriage preparation course with Steve and I starting in a couple of weeks time. Please also pray for Jenni - the daughter of a lady who was coming along to the drop-in centre regularly when we were here the last time. She had a baby around the same time that Anya was born, but sadly the baby was killed by a door falling on her a few months after she was born. Jenni is about 5 years old, she has a younger brother as well. She came just one day to the club, but I hope she felt God's love for her during that short time.
Please pray for the MEFI team as they are all really tired after the week, but won't be able to take a break til next week-end as the drop-in centre is open all this week. We hope they'll be able to take a holiday soon.
Oh, and Steve did survive the week you'll be pleased to know, and the girls did too!! They all enjoyed having a bit of Daddy/daughter time, but Steve's now escaping to the coast for a few days to recover (actually for meetings with our field director who is based there for health reasons). So he'll be doing business on the beach!