Welcome Home Loyda
|People need food, shelter and clothing.|
|People need the unconditional, eternally merciful|
love of Jesus Christ.
|A typical kitchen area behind someone's home|
where the fire is used to cook the food and dry the clothes.
The guinea pigs run freely until they're sold for consumption.
Loyda was always an exception. She never had food, wore the same clothes for days and slept on the dirt floor alongside whichever adult children happened to be staying with her at the time.
When we visited we brought the basics that she lacked: food, soap, medicine. Upon arriving we'd set the bags off to the side and invite her to join us in prayer. She'd politely comply, but her thoughts were clearly inside the bags that were patiently waiting for us to leave. It became obvious that Loyda wasn't going to be able to hear the message of Jesus' love until her stomach stopped grumbling and she was able to get a decent night's sleep. We continued bringing Loyda's family food and also had the carpenter make them a bed. You can read more about this in our blog post "Mama, Mama, a Cama!" During our subsequent visits she was more attentive and enjoyed listening to whatever we had to share. We invited Loyda to church, but she refused to enter dressed in the rags that comprised her wardrobe. Thanks to the amazing contributions of Team Carmody, Loyda now has a couple bras, some pretty blouses and two full-length skirts, which she happily wears to our services and various activities.
Following is a collection of photos which show the incredible work done by the short-term missionaries, our friends that visited from the United States shortly after the FMC missionaries left, as well as folks from the community who pitched in to help get the job done. We praise and thank God for providing us the means to "give [Loyda] the necessities of the body", as St. Paul so clearly instructed us to do. We pray that in addition to the physical aid we've been able to provide, that we've also helped this family to draw closer to the Lord.
Following the carpenter's instructions the team notched the tops of all the support beams with machetes so that they would be ready for the cross members which would soon support the roof.
Everyone was really excited when it was finally time to put the supports in the ground.
After lots and lots of work it was finally taking the shape of a house!
When there weren't enough building tasks to keep everyone busy, the missionaries took a break and killed a few dozen chickens for the big lunch we would all have the next day.
They also took some breaks to read bible stories to the neighborhood kids.
The short-term missionaries really connected with Loyda, her family and neighbors. Their joy radiated from the depths of their hearts in a tangible way and left an impression on our community that will never be forgotten!
After the posts were all in place the team began putting up the cross-members for the roof.
With roof panels we could just about imagine what Loyda's house would look like.
With each additional step it felt more and more exciting!
I thank God for each and every short-term missionary that selflessly gave so much to bring the love of Jesus to our village!
Shortly after the FMC missionaries left our friends from the United States arrived, much like a tag-team. They picked up where the missionaries left off and were a HUGE help in getting Loyda's house all done!
In addition to all the volunteers that helped to make Loyda's house possible, we also had the priceless gift of Pablo, our carpenter friend who constantly instructed us on "how it's done in the jungle".
Anna will forever remember the first cement floor that she poured. Hopefully it won't be her last!
We thank you for journeying with us and ask for your prayers as we constantly seek to find that balance, whereby we're helping those in greatest need - both physically and spiritually!