Day 8 in
| Friday - We are off to our
Debriefing site, but not before a group farewell to Sergio and Juanita
Acevedo, leaders of the ministry at the Renacer Center downtown. When
the Rehab Center opens in the nearby mountains, they will direct the
Sergio's story of 15 years in prison for drug and gang activity and miraculous conversion, his vision, and his track record, move us. We decide to cover his tuition for a month-long professional training course in building therapeutic communities. The course is offered in Medellin, Colombia, to prepare Resident Directors of programs such as he envisions. Sergio and Juanita receive the gift with tears of gratitude, then Sergio offers to pray for us. He thanks God for the team's generosity, especially considering the employment challenges faced by several of our members.
A 2 ½ hour bus ride through winding
& windy mountain roads takes us to a little town on the Pacific
coast. Here we take time to reflect on what God has done for us and
through us. We share the highlights and the difficulties of the week. We
pray together, and alone.