Puerto Rico Team Return

Please continue to pray for our Puerto Rico team as they travel back home today.  They will arrive back late tonight.  Here's an update from them.

"Throughout the remainder of the week our teams cleaned up yards from tree limbs and fallen debris. While in these neighborhoods the team had been knocking on doors to ask about any specific needs the families may have. We gathered information from the people we served so that local churches could follow up with them and we were able to pray with them. 

A small team also travelled to Catana, Puerto Rico on Wednesday to help a church there put up a wall to finish their sanctuary. The church opened the week before Hurricane Maria hit and their building has still not been repaired. The church meets in the space multiple times per week despite the leaking roof and lack of running water. 

In total the team worked at 12 different residences which all had multiple generations occupying them. We saw neighbors chipping in to help us clear yards and to help remedy drainage problems from the storm. People in the neighborhood showed their appreciation for the team by sharing their fruit, baking cookies, giving us ice cold coke and praying over the team. On the last night we invited all the pastors we served alongside to share a meal with us. We shared our stories from the week and they each spoke about how grateful they were for God sending this team. Pastor Farlin Reynoso said that this team reached people that have been unreachable. “People in Puerto Rico don’t open their doors to strangers but they opened their doors to you and listened.” Wednesday his church had twice as many people at his weekly bible study and he is really excited about some of the new opportunities that unfolded from the work of God’s people this week. 

Thank you for your prayers for the team while they were away answering Gods call. In your daily prayers please remember to pray for the people in Puerto Rico as their lives have not yet returned to normal. They have adapted to a new normal with no traffic lights and intermittent power outages. They live in fear of running out of food and water again. Also please pray for the pastors in Puerto Rico. They all have such passion for their ministries and their hearts are heavy for the salvation of the people in their communities. Pray that God gives them strength to continue to serve and show His restoration."