5.24.2008

Strawberry Fields

I work with the Guardians of the Vision every Saturday and Sunday. Today I was helping out with the level that was doing programs, street evangelism. So as they were doing the program I was sitting out with the children and two little girls come over and sat by me. They were sisters and about 6 and 8 years old. Then another little girl runs up and comes and sits down between me and the other little girl. She has a few strawberry's wrapped up in her shirt and she grabs one and gives it to me. In this culture when anyone offers you anything you do not refuse it. No matter what it is, if you like it or not, if you are hungry or not, you take it and say thank you and with a big smile ingest it. Usually, I don't have a problem with what kids offer me because it is usually mango that is in a bag or chips. But this was just a strawberry who knows where it had been, where her hands had been, if it had even been washed. All of these thoughts were running across my mind during the seconds she presented me with the fruit and as I put it into my mouth. I took a bite, in my head, asked the Lord to bless it and please help me not to get sick.

After working with the Guardians, and then going to teach English to the adolescents and after that going to a service for the cell groups leaders I was able to rest. Oscar and Sulma are friends of ours and also the Pastor's of the Guardians so I work with them on a daily basis. They are newly weds and invited my roommates and I over to their house for dinner. As we sat down for dinner they thanked us individually for the work we do here and for our friendship. We had a great time and it was so sweet for them to show their appreciation for us in that way. They live in a gated community so we were able to walk to a park that was close by. It was so nice, we were almost in culture shock because we are not allowed to go to parks here because they are dangerous. And we certainly do not ever walk anywhere at night. So it felt really weird being safe enough to do that but it was very nice.