We were blessed to be able to take two cases of Bibles with us. I wish we could have taken more. We had a total of 40 to give away that evening. There were also many copies of the Book of Hope at the guesthouse which were left by some missionaries. We took everything we could fit in our four backpacks.
I'm sure we were quite a sight as we walked down the hill into the neighborhood nearby....ten local kids all dressed up in their finest and looking cheerful, the pastor, the social worker from the center, and 4 white people who were sweating profusely (definintely not looking my finest) and loaded down with backpacks full of books and magazines. LOL
The beauty salon
As he talked, others started to gather round. He shared the gospel with everyone standing within earshot. After the short mini-sermon, we asked if there was anything we could pray for on their behalf. The entire group (kids included) prayed for God's provision and protection on each person and their family. Pastor Daniel even led everyone who would, in a prayer of salvation! He was sure to let them all know he would be available to answer any questions they might have and to invite them to Sunday services at the center. They were all very interested and seemed excited that there was a place nearby they could worship.
When the discussions were over, we broke out the Bibles. There would be a similar reaction here in the States if you were handing out 100 dollar bills on the street. They were ELATED! We were only in that one spot for a few minutes, but it didn't take long to realize that we didn't have enough. We sent the guys back to restock the backpacks with more magazines.
Pastor Daniel led the kids along with Tiffany and I farther down into the village where we kept praying with people and offering them the Bibles and magazines we had. The Bibles were gone before we got to the 2nd or 3rd stop. People were running up to us asking for one and we kept giving until we had no more. There was an older lady that came back and followed me for a few feet, with a huge smile holding her new Bible next to her chest and just saying, "Thank you, thank you!" It was really an amazing experience.
The last stop was at the bottom of the hill in an area that was occupied by several small shacks and many people. By this time, all we had left were Books of Hope. Again, Pastor Daniel spoke about Jesus and then we prayed both for salvation and for God's blessing on His people. Word throughout the area spread quickly and before we knew it, there was a really large crowd gathered. Most of them were women and many, many children. After the prayer, we opened up our backpacks and all sorts of chaos broke loose.
I'm so glad to know that even though we were only there for a week, we left behind something that will affect their lives and give them hope for an eternity.