The UPG team had a great visit into the villages where they were able to have significant conversations, see the “lay of the land,” and serve through harvesting. They are well, but tired and settling in for the night. Tomorrow they will meet to devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42 ESV) desiring to bring encouragement, refreshment, and to join in community with others who have been faithfully laboring for the kingdom in that place. Thank you for your continued faithful prayers for them and their family members who remained in the states.
Helping bring in the corn harvest for a family whose grandmother is ill.
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
(Luke 10:2 ESV)
Yesterday was “Tourism Day”, and we were able to travel north through the beautiful Salvadorian countryside to a coffee plantation, Cafe Ataco. We saw the entire coffee production – from picking the coffee cherries from the tree to final product poured in the cup. It was an amazing experience for several reasons:
1. We saw another region of El Salvador that was absolutely beautiful.
2. Most of us enjoy coffee and were amazed by the amount of work and precision that goes into the process.
3. Each of us left the plantation with a whole new respect for the Salvadorian work ethic. Men, who weighed approximately 150lbs, were loading sacks of coffee all day that were equal to their weight. Women processed beans by hand for quality control inspection.
As we return to San Salvador city, it is amazing to see the distinction in the way people live in this country. After serving in rural, poor communities (homes with dirt floors) for several days, it is a little overwhelming to come back into the large city – that is more similar to an American city.
And yet each person here, and around the world, had the same need, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for us today as we minister the gospel in three schools around San Salvador. Pray that our hearts would continue to be impacted as we serve that the Lord, and that He would give us a passion for sharing this wonderful truth.
I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Last night we were able to spend several hours in Harvard Square walking around the busy streets and enjoying our time together as a group on the beautiful and historic campus. It is overwhelming to see the number of people who are out and about; people who are walking their own ‘path to life.’ Unfortunately, most of the people in Boston do not know Jesus Christ and their path is leading to their destruction (Sheol). According to Psalm 16, the Lord leads believers on the ‘path of life’ and promises that in his presence ‘there is fullness of joy.’
Please pray for our team today as we seek to engage those in this community and share with them the hope, peace, and joy that we have found in following Christ. Continue to pray for Redemption Hill Church that is planted in a dark place, and yet ministering so well the good news of the gospel.
Also, the picture below is an engraved stone plaque outside the Johnston Gate (main gate into Harvard University, pictured above) and signifies the original purpose of the school…to train pastors.