They came loaded with suitcases full of homemade dresses for the girls in the sponsorship program. As well as shorts and t-shirts for the boys. The dresses were made by the ladies of their church, Liberty Chapel. This is the church Jared grew up in. We started distribution after they left and have been giving out the clothing. The kids have been so excited and we have already seen some of the kids wearing their new clothes.
Jared has been trying to foster fellowship among our church members and we all know the best way to do that is to offer coffee! We have offered coffee the last several weeks before and after our Sunday morning service and so far it has been a great way to encourage our brothers and sisters to stay a little longer and have a conversation with one another.
One big prayer request we have right now is for our residency visas. We have started working on our annual renewal. We have to submit all the paperwork in March. Please pray for us in this process. Please pray it goes smoothly, that we have everything we need, and that we are approved. We are thankful that the Lord promises that when He opens a door, no man can shut it. We will rest in Him, but we still ask that you pray.
In upcoming events we have two eyeglass teams coming. The first one arrives on Saturday, March 1. The second is to come in April. They will be offering eye exams to the people. The first team will be giving the exams in Batey Central at the Christian school and church of our friend, Wilkyns. Batey Central is another poor community similar to the one in which we live. The second team will be here on the mountain. We are excited for this opportunity for the people. Many of them have never had an eye exam and wouldn't be able to afford glasses. Please keep these teams in prayer. May this be another way to share the love of Jesus with lost souls.