Back in the USA
The Church of God donated three Vortex Voyagers TM to the churches in Sri Lanka. After training the operators, the units were delivered in areas where there was literally no access to clean water. The people had been drinking water from polluted wells and streams. Once these units were delivered the leaders were able to immediately start providing pure water for the communities and churches around them. I must admit that it was an occasion for tears while witnessing the first people drink the pure water. It is moments like this that make life worthwhile- to be able to share the message of Christ's love and His desire for life!
From the city of Jafna in northern Sri Lanka we traveled to a small town situated right in the middle of the country named Vavunya. The population is about 10,000. The Church of God was holding a three day crusade there. The crusade prompted many salvations and it was so beautiful to have the opportunity to see the Sri Lankian church in action. It is incredible to see the believers there spreading Christ's love through preaching, sweet prayers, and songs of devotion.
Sri Lanka is a country where 70% of the population is Buddhist, 15% is Hindu, 8% are Christian, and the remaining 7% are of mixed religions. As stated in other updates, this creates an issue for evangelism. The local Christians face financial difficulty, war, and persecution. This has not dampened their spirits at all! In fact, in many ways it has created a fervent prayer life and a passion for sharing the love of Christ with their neighbors. It was truly an honor to be among people who take Christ's commission seriously.
During the crusades the leaders asked if I liked children. I replied affirmatively and instantly created an opportunity to share with two hundred kids. We acted out bible stories and played games until late into the evening all three nights. It was marvelous adding these children to our list of new friends and blessing them with clean water and a few other gifts like pencils, toys, and candy.
We headed back to Colombo and I just barely caught the flight out. While boarding the plane, I looked out the window to see many of my new friends standing at the gate waving goodbye. Overall, the entire trip a success. There was much to be learned at the convention at Bangkok and even more to be learned from the sweetness and passion of the church in Sri Lanka.
Being home is indeed a happy occasion and it causes great joy to know that one day we will all be joined together in Heaven! God Bless you and thanks for your prayers and support.