La Casa de mi Padre (My Father’s House) August 1 – 8, 2009 The Roanoke Team STUDENTS Lauren Altieri* Colin Forbes* Lauren Hodges Katherine Holt* Megan Kesler* Sydney Smith* Sarah Songer Holly Todd* ADULT LEADERS Scott Crosby Aubrey Knight Michael Lautigar Bob Rouse* Phyllis Rouse* Jeff Todd* *CSBC members Thank you for your commitment to pray for our La Casa de mi Padre team on a daily basis. Please take some time out of your daily schedule and pray for as many of our team members, by name, as you can. Your prayers, combined with those of other church family members, will be the groundwork for a successful week.
Pray that God will begin to work on the hearts of those families we will serve in El Salvador at the children’s home, in the clinics and others we come in contact with throughout the week. Pray for Christ to be present and for the Holy Spirit to move among us each day. This week we will have clinics at three locations. One will be held at Shalom, another children’s home in El Salvador. A second one will be held at Immanuel Church in Santo Tomas. This is the town La Finca is located in and we minister to those in this town to build relationships so that when La Casa is able to build at La Finca, the town will be ready to receive the children and those that care for them. The third clinic location is unknown at this time. The day we go to Immanuel Church we will also provide a one night VBS for the children that Pastor Armando is ministering to in Santo Tomas. We hope to have our exact schedule known before going and we will provide that schedule so you may be in prayer for specific locations we are serving in that day. Pray we will be able to plant seeds in the heart of the children in this town so their future may be changed for eternity. This trip we hope to have a few prayer walks. One in the area of Immanuel Church and the surrounding streets there near the church. We hope to do a prayer walk in the neighborhood of the children’s home and to also have a time of prayer when we visit La Finca with the children this week. SATURDAY Our team will leave for the Dulles Airport today, our flight from Dulles is at 9:35AM and we arrive in San Salvador at 12:30PM (2:30EST). Please pray we have someone to drive us on the church bus. Please pray for safety on the road. Especially pray for our bus driver as he/she transports us to the airport and then makes the return trip back to Roanoke. Begin to pray for the hearts of our team that they might be focused on the mission at hand.
Today we attend church with the children and a few of the Tias and Tios. Pray we will feel the Holy Spirit move throughout the church today and that the language barrier will not be an issue for us. The afternoon will offer a change to rest, prepare the bags for our first clinic and review our schedules for the week as a team. It will also be a chance to separate the craft material and VBS teaching material for the week and be sure everyone is ready for their Monday assignment.
The time difference is two hours. At 9:30 AM EST (7:30 AM) we will gather for our morning devotion. Pray the Holy Spirit will guide our time together through praise and worship and then through a short devotion led by Bob Rouse or Gary Powell (missionary at La Casa). Pray that God will continue to bless the team with safety. Pray our team members remain healthy and that no one becomes dehydrated. Today part of our team will lead a VBS at the children’s home while others go to a clinic and provide medical services. It is possible we will all be at the clinic depending on the location and the need to provide activities for the children. Pray we have an opportunity to share the gospel with someone despite the language barrier for many of us on the team.
Pray that during our devotion time this morning someone on the team will have a special “Jesus moment” to share from Monday. That we will have seen His hand in our day and know that only our Lord could have made it happen. Pray for the team and that everyone stays hydrated today. Again the group may go in two different directions today or be together at a clinic to provide medical services as well as a time with the children in the area where will be working. As the students hand out the gospel bracelets, pray that someone will ask questions and that our student will have the chance to pray with the individual to receive Christ as their personal Savior. Pray for boldness today and that our team and the translators will plant many seeds for His Kingdom.
WEDNESDAY Pray for those leading our devotion time. Our days are long, the heat and humidity is worse than at home and many may be feeling tired and sluggish by today. Pray the team will focus on why we are there today…to share the love of Christ with those we serve. Pray we have the chance to share with someone or to pray with someone in need. Again our group may either be divided between the children’s home and a clinic or it is possible we will all be together at both locations depending on the clinic location today. Pray that we will see many lives changed today by our medical care, medications we can provide and by the love of Jesus we will share through our care for them and moments of witnessing.
THURSDAY Today our doctors on the team will be giving medical talks at a local hospital and our Californian surgeon may be assisting with some surgeries. The remainder of the team will be at La Casa providing VBS classes for the children, doing minor repair work and offering tutoring activities to those who need assistance. Pray that the language barrier would not hinder the team as we teach the children about Jesus and His love today. Pray our actions today will speak of our love for Him and that the children will see that love for Him. We will take the children and go to La Finca today, the site of the future new home site; or we will go tomorrow. Pray for a sweet time on the property and the ability to drive in so we do not lose precious time due to washed out roads. Today is our free day. Pray for our safety as we travel around town and do various fun activities and some local shopping. This evening we will return to the children’s home and have devotion time with the children as our week ends. Pray we are able to reach the children and teach them something about Jesus Christ that they do not know that will make a difference to them. Pray that we may provide hope to the children and their care givers. Several children have recently been adopted and many of those left at the home will wonder why they cannot be adopted and why are their friends gone. Pray we will be able to show His love and care to them and ease their pain.
SATURDAY Today is our last morning of devotions as a team. Pray that we will have many “Jesus moments” to share with each other and that the Holy Spirit will move among us today. We will pack for the return trip today and hopefully get to visit with the children one last time and say our good-bye’s until the next time. Pray for the children as well as those on the team. This good-bye is difficult for everyone as our hearts break at this sweet departure. We have seen the poverty and heard stories of heart break this week and at the same time we have seen Jesus at work this week and seen His provision. We have come to love the children as our own if we are new on the trip. For those who have been before, we love “our children” even more! Pray for road travel safety when we head to the airport and for a good flight back home. Pray for our bus driver as he/she heads to Dulles today to be there to pick us up after we have our luggage. Our flight leaves San Salvador at 4:45PM (6:45PM EST) and we arrive in Dulles at 10:50PM. Pray for the return trip home and for our bus driver to remain alert at all times.
NEEDED ITEMS FOR TRIP - Adult and children's Claritin - Robitussin or generic cough syrup (for adults and children) - Mucinex or generic expectorant (for adults and children) - Children’s Benadryl - Baby Wipes - Diaper Cream - Monetary donations to purchase VBS supplies for the children
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