Argentina Team 1 Update #1

We arrived safely in Buenas Aíres Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. After a 12hr red eye flight, we were met by our very own Tom Feeney who was happy to see us and drive us back to the ‘Hogar’ [children’s home]. We unloaded the bus, settled in a bit and ventured out to the ‘supermercado’ [grocery store] to pick up supplies. Crossing the street is NOTHING like America! Pedestrians do NOT have the right-of-way. Even in the intersection crosswalk, the cars pulled right up on us honking their horns to let us know it was their turn… the street performers made up for it though, San Nicolás is new and EXCITING! Motorcycles are everywhere, zipping up and down the streets and the wild dogs are barking and chasing them ‘todos los dias’ [all day, every day]. The Hogar has adopted one of these dogs and named him Chewbacca. He is pictured below scratching himself on the building where we are staying.

The shopping experience was next level! The food items look the same, but the price tags tell a different story – ground beef is thousands of pesos and weighed by the kilogram. 2% milk is in [1] litre bags, and obviously, nothing is in English.

We unloaded the groceries, changed our clothes, and walked to Saturday Night Church at the Hogar. We could hear the music from the street.

I thought we were walking into English concert venue with a punk rock band as the headliner! The place was packed! The people were loud! The energy was high and we all became united as one body through the catchy guitar riffs and the clapping of hands! WOW! What an experience!  We even had the opportunity to take communion with our brothers and sisters from the south.

We were called up front and introduced to the church by Tom and Craig. Dan gave a quick testimony and then we enjoyed the first Latin American sermon of our trip. Now, I can’t tell you exactly what the pastor was saying but the message was powerful, led by the Spirit, and spoken from the heart.

After the sermon, we were able to meet some of the staff and some of the kids. What loving, respectful, grateful people here in San Nicolás.

God is ALIVE and ACTIVE.

Psalm 145:8  “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”

What a blessing to be walking in His grace here in Argentina.

Thank you for your support and continued prayers as we ramp up for VBS.

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