Each evening we traveled to a different church where Pastor Ed preached (with Moses interpreting) and we often worked with the children. Usually someone else shared their testimony as well. Working with the kids mean hanging out and guessing at what was being said for most of the team. A couple new a little Spanish or some words and some didn’t know anything! We were quite the mix so either I translated or if Alonso was there he’d translate.
We played games, told stories, shared the Gospel through a flip book or colors (black, red, blue, white, green), and of course – made balloon animals! The reason why I have so few pictures and I know little of what happened during these times is because once Riley and I pulled out the balloons, we didn’t stop until we left!
One day we just went to a community that was probably at least half an hour from Tizimin that was called Socopo. We spent time playing with the kids there as well. Here a local also helped me twist balloons as well as Manuel (He works with Mr. Bill). I was asked to leave my pump and some balloons so they could keep making them and was told that I’d “see them that night at church.” It was the first day we did stuff with kids and I wasn’t about to loose one of our two pumps that early! It’s sometimes hard when you know about cultures and someone who doesn’t seem to know as much is asking you to do something. Thankfully we held on to them as I didn’t see the guy again.
Several times the churches fed us as the usual dinner hour was at 9 p.m. We, of course, had already eaten dinner but we loved their hospitality and it was fun watching everyone eat again with graciousness.