I've been learning Spanish in my down time... Just kidding. (Google Translate)
We did, however, have a mission team come from YWAM Puerto Rico this past month! Try as they might the only Spanish I spoke after they had left was estás listo (Are you ready) and mas grande (Bigger). It looks like I'll be sticking with English and Creole for the time being.
This was one of the funnest teams we've had in a long while! They stayed with us for a solid 2.5 weeks. Their original plan was to come and build a Home of Hope in the village, but we ended up having to switch plans on account of the weather we were having. The river had risen to dangerous levels and breached the banks in three villages:
Needless to say we ended up about knee/waist deep in water for almost the entire time we were out working! It wasn't the original plan for this team to spend 1.5 weeks making sand bags and shoring up the river. However each and every day they went out there and performed the ministry that God had given them to do.
I find it funny that sometimes we get it in our own heads that this or that is the specific ministry God is calling us to do right now and yet somehow the biggest impact comes from the ministry that is standing right in front of our faces. I am guilty of this as much or more as the next person, especially since I like to think about everything and plan things out, but sometimes ministry happens right in front of our faces. See the need, fill the need, point to Jesus.
The team did get a chance to start the house they meant to build, but didn't quite have enough time to finish. It stinks that they couldn't accomplish what they planned to do, but more importantly I believe they remained open to hearing God's voice and responding to the need in front of them. Buen Trabajo Puerto Rico! You are most welcome here anytime!