As you can see from the title, we've had an eventful weekend.
As we come into the months of September and October, the days get hotter and more humid and we often get downpours of rain as hurricane season is in full force here.
Saturday, the day was bright and sunny and oh so hot. By lunch, the children were jumping with excitement as billowing clouds were forming on both the east and west. A couple hours later the sky was dark and the wind began to blow. They say here it always rains dust before water, and the dust began to "rain". It looks like you are in a fog only it's all dirt. Within minutes the first drops were felt and then down it poured. The temperature went from about 105 down to 85 in about an hour and when the worst of it had past, our children and the neighborhood children could be seen splashing joyfully through the puddles and finding all sorts of creatures that had to evacuate their desert homes.
Our neighbors told us that it was suppose to rain again on Sunday. Sure enough, by Sunday afternoon, the same thing happened. The clouds began to form and the sky darkened. Daniel prayed that the Lord would hold back the rain and even cool down the temperature a bit as it was over 100 again.
We had a very special evening service planned with 2 more following the Lord in baptism as well as a couple ready to give their marriage vows. When it rains here, everything stops. Even a 30 minute rain will turn the streets to creeks and the mud makes it very difficult to get anywhere. Saturday, we were unable to have our guitar/piano classes or youth meeting due to the downpour.
The Lord who controls the wind and rain answered our prayer! The dust began to fall, but the rain never came. The clouds lowered the temperature as did a cooler wind.
What a sweet service yesterday! Hno. Ramon and Hna. Ninfa, a dear lady and her son in law, stood up in front of the church giving testimony to their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. We gathered outside as they followed the Lord in obedience through baptism.
We continued with our regular service and afterwards, Hno. Juan and his wife Hna. Leticia came forward to make their marriage vows before God and us as witnesses. Hno. Juan and Hna. Leticia were saved this year and baptized together at our family camp. They have 3 precious children but had never gotten married. In wanting to follow the Lord completely in everything, they knew they needed to get married. This week, they got their marriage license and said their vows Sunday.
How wonderful is our Saviour! How He works in our hearts and changes our lives!
As we begin this week, we are keeping a close watch on Hurricane Jimena, a category 4 hurricane due to hit our area within the next couple of days. How good it is to know the one whom the wind and the seas obey! How good to know we are always under His care! How good to know He loves us!
We are praying the Lord's protection over our family and the people here. He is so good.