The kids from the children's home came, so it was great to get to meet them - so sad, and yet so adorable.
|Tony's and his buddies|
|Dani, 5, the youngest at the children's home, with Keren the Mime, who did an |
excellent mime presentation of the gospel
|First Dani smiled, then she got shy and wouldn't look at the camera|
(with Keren and her mime partner in crime - they were so good I thought they were professional thespians)
|one of the youth from church; Tony as one of the Three Wise Men; a girl who was abandoned at the |
children's home (I didn't catch her name), and Keren
|Keren (pre-mime make-up) with her guitar, and the kids presenting the Christmas songs they had been practicing|
|the little kids didn't get up on stage, just the bigger ones|
|Karina in the white, and her brother, holding the sign with Rafa, the Youth Leader, in the background|
After the three-hour service was over, they served dinner. At 10 o'clock (which is typical dinner time here in Argentina). Just sandwiches and sodas and sweets. By 11:00, kids were still running around, ours included, so we ended up talking to the people that head up both outreaches, the Hora Feliz and the children's home.
Here, the church takes a break in summer, which starts tomorrow. Sunday School classes end, outreach programs take a break, active evangelism programs slow down. Everyone takes vacation pretty seriously here. Plus, the 100 degree temps and blazing desert sun with no air conditioning (I know, I've mentioned the no air conditioning thing more than a few times...) make going outside just plain difficult between the hours of 12 and 6 or 7.
It makes us sad to think the kids will get no visitors this summer. Tony and I are seeing if we can do something with the kids at the children's home while everyone is on vacation. We would love to be able to visit them once a week, have them come over to play in our above ground pool we brought from the U.S., and Tony is working on getting permission to take them on a tour of the local TV station he freelances for. I don't know if we will be allowed to do any of this, though, so please pray God would open the doors and guide us into just the right thing.