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23 June 2000

As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.

Proverbs 27:19 

Today we got up early (after no sleep - well maybe 2 1/2 hours) to go to the river.  

On the way to the Saxacalli Camp site we pulled over at a resort for people to walk around.  Kurt and I stayed behind and sat by the boats.  We talked about life and love, about our group and expectations, about health and beauty.  We were, "sittin' by the dock of the bay" 

Meanwhile, back at the hostel, Bob is looking after Missy and Kelly.  Kelly and Missy are dehydrated from our long week but are tough and will make it through.  Kelly continues to sip water throughout the day and gradually makes her recovery.  Missy will need an IV and thanks to Dr. Bob, one is on the way.  After some concentration and a (nervous, but) careful hand, Missy begins to receive replenishment for her body.

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.  He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of GOD belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of GOD like a child -- will never enter it."

Mark 10:14-15 

We all worked very hard and each of us was in danger of becoming ill.

Once we got to Saxacalli, I was overcome with the simple beauty I saw.  A small thatched shelter to my left and a sandy beach all around the perimeter.  In the background a small one-room-esque white washed school with a green field to the right for the children to play cricket.  Kurt asked the school for permission to use their beach and they were very excited and agreed.  They wanted to hear our stories and sang "This Little Light of Mine." 

The Israelites are in battle and are winning so long as Moses' hands are lifted in prayer...

When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it.  Aaron and Hur held his hands up -- one on one side, one on the other -- so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

Exodus 17:12

(Aaron & Hur were each of you) 

We really did feel welcome.  After a few games of Frisbee and a nice packed lunch we jumped in the boats, maneuvered around the rain and headed home.  What a fabulous day.
I should comment here about the market place there on the harbor but I don't have the right words to describe how different that was for me.  People bustling around, trucks squeezing through, more people filling boat after boat after boat, vendors sitting on the side of the road, buying a ticket to use the bathroom, people staring, really staring at us.  Very different.

That afternoon we split into two groups.  One group began cooking our "Texas-style dinner" for our hosts and the rest of us went to the revival next door at Kingston Church.  The sermon was long but valid and we were tired (lack of sleep and lots of sun) but tried to be attentive.

After the service we served dinner.  Yee-Haw - Fajitas, guacamole, pinto beans, steak, chicken.  It was sooo nice to have chicken cooked state-side style.  All of us were still dead-tired but the thought of leaving the next morning was looming overhead. 


Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:1-2 

We fellowshipped and shared stories and exchanged addresses, danced a little country-western dance, listened to lots of Garth Brooks and then piled into the van for a night full of packing and reminiscing.


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