Tue, 10 Jun 2008 21:57:40 -0400
A lot of things have transpired since I last sent out a blog. First let me tell you that the first week ended with 19 baptisms. There were 14 to start the second week off on a right note.
Our team for the second week has almost doubled. Again, yesterday at noon we fed 206 people working on the team (that includes all local members and all Peruvians from Lima and around).
One of the hardest times on a team like this is the transition from week 1 to week 2. There are 3 distinct groups: the one who came and stayed one week and then left and went home. There are those who came the first week, and stayed behind to work the second week. Then finally there are those who came for the second week only. The melting of these three groups can be a challenge. The first week makes associations with the group they came in with. They grow together and form a bond that last perhaps a lifetime. By the end of their week, the machine is well oiled and functioning well. Then part of that group goes home leaving the second group which is the two week group. Then the third group comes in and begins to work. It takes a little while for them to get up to speed (at least on a par that the first group was accustomed to. It is critical to mesh the new team together with both the experienced first week with the new second week. It was a beautiful sight to behold as the new team went forward and was blessed with their efforts to have 14 new precious souls baptized on their very first day working together. The ground work that the first week laid bore fruit. There were several instances where a study that was started on the first week was completed on the second week which bore fruit.
That's all for tonight.