We also conducted 3 VBS classes while there and expected to minister to apporx. 75-120 kids. But the Lord is bigger than that and we ended up playing and teaching 34o children all together. At our last VBS we had 218 kids! It was beyond amazing to see them excitedly file into a small 30x45 ft. building with only 2 lights. Yes all 218 AND their parents! Our presence in these small churches did two things: spread the gospel in a new way and also gave credibility to these new, small churches. Many came just to see the crazy American Gringos, who could blame them? I was an anomaly all my own. In third world countries if you are on the more round and curvaceous side, like I am, you are considered to have a wealthy husband, because you get to eat a lot. But add to that, that I am white and blue-eyed... talk about the perfect trifecta! I was something to look at and get a picture with. Not to mention I am silly and crazy when I get around lots of children. I can't help but have fun and smile a lot.
I guess if I have to suffer for Christ's sake this is the way to go!