Today was WONDERFUL! After a lovely but exhausting week in Esmeraldes, the team went to the beach!

Thanks to our awesome photographers, we got our team picture set up and over with quick enough. Afterwards we went whale watching and some much needed shopping was accomplished =) One broken shoe and a lot of spent money later, we headed back to the beach.

At night we hosted the youth program at Pastor Louis’s church. Danny (Fox) and Christina shared personal testimonies and Daniel (Cavanaugh) gave a short sermon. As usual the ladies of the church made AMAZING food for us for our last night in Esmeraldes. Afterwards the teens plus some of the team members got together for an impromptu worship group. And it was lovely. To hear half of the teens singing in English and half singing in spanish was truly beautiful. It just showed once again that a love and passion for Christ is never contained by langues or cultures.

Personally, my favorite part of the day was the boat ride out to the whale watching spot. Boat rides on the ocean are truly one of my favorite things. It’s so hard to imagine the fact that the ocean goes down for hundreds and hundreds of MILES. It’s more than I can fathom. How tiny we are compared to everything else. Think about the size of the ocean, the earth, the universe…. but even after all of that, after you feel completely negligible, trivial, insignificant, and infinitesimal… God whispers “I have called you by your name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1b) Wow. I think I’m just gonna go and marvel at the love of God for the rest of my life. =)

Nikita, for the team



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