Update #5: The Village
Today we returned to the village with the simple school supplies we had purchased. What a sight we made. There are 6 of us, our interpreter, and the driver. The van was small but we can just fit with three in the back, three in the middle and two up front. But we also have three large boxes of school supplies that we had to tie to the roof and off we went.
Once we arrived at the school the principal took us to each classroom where we handed out the school supplies. Grades 2-6 are in a two story brick and mortar type school building. There are about 20 students in each grade. Behind this building is a much older wooden single story building consisting of two rooms. The kindergarten and first grade are in these two rooms with about 30 in each grade. This building has no glass in its windows and windows on both sides of each room. It would be a real benefit for these children if we could provide glass for these windows.
The children get out for lunch at 11am, walk home and then come back after lunch. The principal had all the children line up by grades and Donnie using his guitar taught them to sing its a great day to be alive. Leaving the school we returned to the village proper. One of our goals was to bless the oldest man in the village who the village elder had introduced us to two days ago. This man is in his 90’s, suffered a stroke recently and is partially blind and his daughter cares for him. When we met her she shared how hard her life had been with tears streaming down her face and yet she has a beautiful smile. Her hands though, are like leather from her daily work in the fields. We felt it important that she be present when we delivered our gift and asked that she be called in from the fields. At first no one knew where she was, so we walked the village taking pictures, talking to children who had been at school and were following us singing “it’s a great day to be alive” , and waiting for the daughter to be found. We returned to the old man’s house and were told the daughter had gone to market and no one knew when she would return. Disappointed we started back to the car to leave. Before getting back into the van for the one hour ride back to town, one of the team needed a bathroom . In those few minutes while I was indisposed the daughter returned. We went back to the house and told her and her father that we were Christians, followers of Shangdi, the most high God. We shared that because of his love for us we wanted to make this gift to them.
We did not try to share the gospel with her, but we planted a seed. Those who come after us will hopefully reap the harvest.
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Please consider what Jesus says in verse 36. The M people are like crowds Jesus saw, they are harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd .
Please pray that God The Lord of the harvest, will send workers into THIS harvest field.