Today #TeamGambia had a day of rest. It began by a few team members cooking a yummy pancake breakfast. Then the team divided (with leaders in each group) and learned to take public transportation ( local taxis). Everyone was charged with meeting at the Monkey Park by 11 am.
M.O.Ms & P.O.Ps (small group leaders) did a great job maneuvering their small groups through the hustle and bustle of negotiating a reasonable taxi price and moving their small group to a designated location.
One of the teachings that sets Awe Star apart from other organizations is the way they use discipleship to move young people into a ‘Rite of Passage’ during their mission experience. They learn to take on adult responsibilities throughout their trip that eventually translate into adult behaviosr that continue ‘Great Commission’ living beyond their trip.
Today they had to learn to negotiate for a ride, barter at the market, pick a budgeted place for lunch, and maneuver through an area of Africa that is safe, but allows them to learn decision-making skills.
They all did a great job and rose to the challenge. It’s exciting for them to take 'knowledge' they are learning and translate it into ‘skills’ they can continue to use when they get home.
Continue to pray for us as tomorrow we begin taking the Awe Star drama (an 18 min chronology of the gospel in the local language) to streets, markets, schools, and villages. Pray for divine encounters, and that the Lord would direct our steps to the right sites throughout the day.
Pray also for the Breaking Borders Medical team members that are traveling back to the states today.
Approximately 850 patients later, #TeamGambia saw their last patients for this part of the mission... Well at least in a mobile clinic setting. Dr. Nunley, one of the Awe Star Country Coordinators, is remaining for the entire trip and will continue to see some patients by appointment only. Our Breaking Borders Medical team will depart tomorrow.
Today the students performed the Awe Star drama in church and then again at the start of the medical clinic this evening. Many Muslims heard the gospel multiple times throughout the last couple of days, and today God awakened their hearts for Him. Seeing so many come to know Jesus is what gave our team members the endurance to keep going.
One more triage, one more exam, one more lab, one more injection.... it was all for that one more. Because that one more could be the divine encounter that the whole day was arranged for.
Thank you for praying for us, especially these last few days. Jesus has done so much and has enabled so many to hear the gospel for the first time.
Tomorrow #TeamGambia will take a day of rest. They will sleep in a bit, wash clothes, and rejuvenate, preparing for another 10 days of intense ministry using the Awe Star drama......Oh and I don’t want to forget... visit the local monkey park.