Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 1 at the HEART Institute

Posted by:Mrs. McDaniel
We thank the Lord for a safe trip to H.E.A.R.T. Institute. As soon as we got in the school bus, we “unplugged” from all electronics. We played lots of card games, ate lots of snacks, and enjoyed fellowship with one another. We arrived around 10:30 am and got a tour of our beautiful Florida wilderness facilities. Today’s activities included taking care of the animals (chickens, rabbits, donkeys, goats, fish, etc.), planting trees, preparing meals, and clean-up chores. It was such a blessing to see our students working together and serving with cheerful hearts. We learned a lot about nature and “appropriate technology” missionaries use to minister to the needy and survive with limited resources. There are two things most of the kids miss the most: toilets and cold drinking water. Yet, I have not heard one complaint. It was very hot and sunny during the day, but now it is very pleasant in the low 70’s. We enjoyed simple meals of rice and chicken for lunch, and rice and beans for dinner. Most of the kids have a good supply of snacks! One of the counselors, a veteran missionary to Africa, blessed us with a Spirit-filled devotional where he challenged us to find our God-given “platform” from which we will share the Gospel with the world. The cold showers were refreshing after working in the hot sun. In the evening, three students typed blogs, but when they tried to post them the internet connection was lost. This is why I am now summarizing what Chris, Jenna, and Michelle had written. Our day concluded with a wonderful time of worship, devotion, testimonies, and prayer for the last two hours (which seemed like 30 minutes). The Lord’s presence was evident among us, and we have great expectations of what He will do in us and through us this week. We value your prayers.
*Michelle says: Love you Mami <3
**xoxo to Rob, Ryan, Josiah, Jesse, Steven, & Mami—I miss you! I wish you could see the STARS!!! There are millions of them!**