Today exceeded every expectation I could possibly dare to imagine! On a missions trip, it is the kind of day you think might materialize around........ Thursday. Today is Monday. I am blown away!
Don't ever think, "I am just a woman, what can I accomplish?" My team is 10 women.... 10 women strong! No we are not building or repairing anything, but we get the privilege to serve by loving and pampering women and we are getting pretty darn good at it!
We started our day off by serving 10 woman that are related in some capacity to the Villa.
Terry's mom, Vergene brought her legendary chocolate chip cookies and taught the ladies how to make them, and then of course how to eat them!
Then we did what we are getting really good at, Mani's and Pedi's!
We though that was it for the day, but as Maria said, Jesus multiplied for us. One of the local ladies went home, told her neighbors and brought back 13 others after lunch! These women were in awe and we were in awe that they would come and let us serve them!
After the 2nd round of ladies left we were asked to visit a couple "shut ins", take them a large bag of food and pray for them. Sounds simple, but in hearing their stories we ALWAYS learn more and get way more from them than we give. The first lady was 73, in a wheelchair with diabetes. She was surrounded by a supportive family, but she was in pain and would like to walk again. We were honored to gather around her a pray.
The next lady is someone we will NEVER forget. We don't have many pics because it was such an intimate time that it didn't feel right taking pictures, but I want to tell you about her so you can pray for her. Her husband has been employed by the Villa for only 2 months. She has been battling cancer for a few years and just 2 weeks ago had her left leg amputated above her knee. Just getting to that point has been a HUGE struggle for her, but now she has the struggle of figuring out her new life in less than mediocre conditions and very little money to pay for medical visits and care. Please be praying for Haley's recovery and that her, her husband and two children would be covered financially.After an hour of hearing her story we were able to gather around her and some of us hopped up on her bed with her and prayed with her. She is now part of our ladies team and we love her already. Today we went from a team of 10 to 11!