Day 9: Peaceful Painters

WE FINISHED THE HOUSE... Today was an exciting day, we blessed the house that we made for Paula and her family. We continue to pray that she would embrace this house and make it a home for her two beautiful daughters Britney and Sanaa. To see the looks on their faces was priceless. At the beginning of the house building Paula shared to us that she was not a believer in Christ, to hear her close the blessing of the house in prayer at the end of the day was extremely inspiring and we know that God really touched her heart. It was really hard to say goodbye to all the children as we have grown so close to them in the last four days. We will miss all of their crazy personalities, and pray that God will continue to provide for them and bless them in their journeys. Tonight in team meeting, we encouraged each other through our words of hope and love. It's crazy to think that tonight is our last night at the YWAM base. We have been so blessed with their hospitality and welcoming spirits. Our team will miss the base and everyone on it dearly, and hope that maybe one day we will return if it's the Lords' will. We have all been touched by God in this experience, and can't wait to come home and share these experiences with all of you. Continue with prayers and thoughts, and see you all in three days!

Danika and Alyssa

Ps: Mom, thank you for letting me know you are brining my jacket. Can't wait to see you at the airport. Hope all is well at home. How's helmut? Also, thank you for getting all of those wonderful letters for me. They truly touched my heart. Love you all soooooooo much! Say hi to Dad, Scott and Natasha for me :) ~Alyssa

P.P.S: Hey everyone, 

What a great experience this has been and i couldn't have done it without my loving family. Thank you all for the wonderful letters, Auntie I agree with you and i know grandma is looking down on all of us right now. I can't wait to share the wonderful stories. I miss you mom and dad. 

I would like to share something with everyone of what I learnt this week... One thing that God has really shown me this week is how blessed i am. I have a loving mother and father who will provide for me everyday. I have a brother and sister who love me oh so very much. Each person in my family is by my side through anything. My love for God has definitely grown so much this week. This trip has definitely impacted my eyes, my heart and my mind. I indeed miss my family, but i just tell myself I'am here to serve the lord. As it is said in Philippians 3:13 "Brothers and sisters, I know that i have yet not reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead." This verse really spoke to me. I left all my problems at home and cleared my mind to focus more on what God has in store for me. At the beginning of this trip all i wanted to do was text or call everyone back home to tell them what i was doing, but that wasn't why i was called here to Jamaica and i believe God really showed me that this week.

Thanks everyone for the great support. Love you.

Danika XOXO <3

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