There are probably 2000 people that live in the city dump. All day long they fight with the birds and others to pick over the trash as dump truck unload their loads. It is a scene that tears at the hearts. We handed out water, and led a couple people to the Lord while we were there. When I get back I will upload pictures. To expereince it for a few minutes is tough, and to think that this is life for so many. I am greatful for the Micah Project who has launch a ministry to these folks, and built a school so that the children could at least get an education and some day get out of the dump.
Then that afternoon we went to minister to the street kids, which for me as even harder than being at the dumb. There are probably about 1500 street kids in Teguc, most of which are addicted to yellow Glue. The effects of the glue make cocanine and heroine look like very minor drugs. They have coke bottles or baby jars with the glue in it that they breath all day long to stay perpetually high.
So Brian Wiggs led us into the heart of the city where the street kids hang out, and we started our own little Bridgetown ministry. We brought food, clothes, and washed their feet. While down their you experience almost every emotion possible . . . love, anger, fear, compassion, patience, hurt, mercy . . . and all the while just the ambient fumes from their bottles makes the head light. It is incredibly raw, primal, and you wonder if there is any hope.
Then you remember Marvin . . . the young boy that only the night before celebrated his one year anniversary in the Micah house. Just a year earlier he was one of these homeless kids on yellow glue . . . now he is a well behaved, wonderful, loving, growing boy who was rescued off the streets by Michael Miller (Micah Project) and now he has a hope and a future.
One thing I noticed was that we were noticed. We walked with our things right those the market place, and people noticed the way the Americans with the Micah boys came down to wash the feet off the people that the society casts aside. We got many smiles, and waves, and police officers who paid attentions.
As a team we as still processing all that we have experienced, and we are listening to what God has for us as a result.
One a side note I must mention it has been cool to have so many people gifted in evangelism on our trip, it was fun to watch. At one point a piece of luggage fell out of a truck, while I jumped out of the following van to pick up the luggage Mary Hunter jump out of the Van to share Christ with a girl on the side of the road. While I was filling the truck with gas Mary was leading another child to Christ.
I have no idea how many people came to Christ, but our team has truly made the most of every oppurtuntiy. This was a remarkable trip.
Tonight we go one last night to the Micah Project to share testimonies, then tomorrow we bus back to San Pedro so we can fly out the next day.
Thank you so much for all your prayers. We truly felt them every step of the way. And God did excedingly beyond my expectations every step of the way.