These communities are like my babies, they are my children. And when I can see a change in one of our contacts, I am a proud Momma (as my Momma would say). I was so incredibly proud of Petronila last Saturday. Franci and I normally visit Petronila, Guillermo and Elvis on Tuesdays. But last Saturday, May 14th, was a special day. It was Elvis' 12th birthday! My dad had mailed me a yo-yo and mini race car video game to give to Elvis for his birthday. (So sweet, huh?!) So, I wrapped up the gifts and we headed to Yanamayo. We had some visits and a kids class then we had a bit of time to run over to their house to say 'Happy Birthday' and give Elvis his present. We didn't have much time so we walked quickly to spend all the time we could with them. As we arrived to the house, I heard footsteps behind me. I turned around and saw Elvis walking behind us. I gave him a hug and kiss (Peruvian greeting), and told him, "Feliz Cumplanos!". We walked into their tienda and I realized Petronila was walking up behind us as well. Petronila greeted us and the first thing she said was that God must have made her forget her money. What? What does that mean? She explained that she and Elvis had just got on a combi to go to the market. But, right after she got on the combi, she realized she didn't bring her money. She can't very well buy food for dinner without money. So, she and Elvis hopped off the combi and walked up right behind us on their way home for the money. Petronila was not upset for forgetting her money, she was not upset for the time lost, she was not frustrated with herself or Elvis. Instead, Petronila told us it was a blessing from God that she forgot her money becuase if she hadn't forgot, we would have just missed them. I was so proud and excited for her attitude! We can learn so much from this new Christian and her grateful spirit, giving the glory to God in all circumstances!
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18