Day 6: Thursday – Yumbo

Today we set up the clinic and kids camp at another park in Yumbo, which is a small industrial town just north of Cali.  Javier and his team have planted two churches in Yumbo and the friends and family of both churches were invited to the park for some fun for the kids and medical care for all.

We set up the kids camp / VBS under a large pavilion where many locals were already gathered awaiting our arrival.  We had our time of worship and devotions, in Spanish and English, as we had done each day with the team and the people waiting. Diane sang the Revelation Song and the devotion for the morning was from Ephesians 6 :11-18, putting on the full armor of God.

Each child was given a small wooden cross and then lined up for face painting, crafts and games, once again getting an individual portrait made by Nancy, our photographer.  We gave out more soccer uniforms donated by the Soccer Association of Boca Raton and Alex and Nina played some soccer with the kids.

The clinic was set up in a conference room at the park. The”examining room” was behind a projector screen and a couple of sheets with Dr. Scott giving physicals.  Once again Dr. Gabriel Montano Russi, O.D. (Daniela Contessa’s brother-in-law who lives in Cali) joined us to give eye examinations.

Alberto, a member of Pastor Javier’s church in Cali who provided his tour bus as transportation for the week, is also a professional videographer so we made use of his talents to do video interviews of Pastor Javier and his team and also members our SRC team.

After a delicious lunch of rice and beans at the park, we relaxed in the afternoon with a Colombia vs. USA ping pong match.  Although the North Americans held their own in the opening rounds, eventually the Colombian team prevailed with Pastor Javier as the overall Yumbo Cup champion.

We then visited  the recycling plant which serves as a micro business to help support the pastors in Yumbo.  This plant was funded in part by a donation from Spanish River one year ago.

We then went to another park along the river called Paso de la Torre and had some fun on the playground equipment.

After a quick dinner of Colombian fast food, we attended a Thursday evening service where Pastor Favio Mendoza gave the message from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, very appropriate considering how the Colombian and SRC teams worked so well together as one body during the past week.

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