After nine days of non-stop travel, preaching, and ministry, it was kinda nice to simply be able to wake up to a morning of rest. My dad and I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast together. We reflected on the events of the past days and discussed things that I learned. It is difficult to take everything in while it is happening. I am sure when I get home my mind will be flooded by all the things that I have experienced. I respect and admire my dad greatly for working in this area for the past fifteen years. You don’t really know how difficult it is until you experience it for yourself.
After breakfast we took a walk through the city to Western Union. My dad was able to find someone in the States who donated the money for the boy’s prosthetic leg we met earlier in the week. We are going to retrieve that money. What a blessing! I pray that this act of kindness will communicate God’s love to this family and spur them on to proclaim Christ among their own people.
After this we went back to our hotel rooms. I can’t seem to get enough sleep. Later on we drove to the mall to do some shopping. We really haven’t had time to find souvenirs. The marketplace we went to is an experience all in itself. Every price is negotiable. As you walk by the shops the owner comes out and tries to get you to walk inside and buy things. My dad said the best time to go is early in the morning. That’s when you can get the best deals. The shop owners will not let you leave until they sell you something because they believe the profit of the entire day depends on the success of the first sale.
Ezra took us by the coast so I could see the ocean. It is the second longest beach in the world. I saw where the tsunami hit years ago.
Ezra and Phillip are leaving for Australia this evening so we went to Ezra’s house. We prayed and said our goodbyes. It was wonderful to meet these men and minister with them. I consider them my friends and I pray that someday I will see them again.
My dad and I enjoyed a nice supper and talked about our travel plans for the trip home. Now that the work is done, and I have time to reflect, I am overwhelmed by the power of God in my life and the lives of others. I am eternally grateful for this experience that has changed me and impacted so many people for Christ. I pray for God’s protection on the way home tomorrow.