Guest Post from Dee Gonzales – Be The Tribe! (Puerto Escandido update #2)

Tuesday evening we ladies had an opportunity to serve the ladies in Myra’s bible study group. Like last year we offered foot washing, massages, and toe nail painting. We had a great devotion with our Amigitas and then had an awesome time in our groups praying. 
The spirit of this carried into our devotions with the group this morning as two of our young ladies shared their awesome testimonies. Two best friends with very different stories yet constantly supporting and encouraging each other. 
Pastor Dan asked us girls to stand, surround and hug these ladies as we prayed over them. At the same time the guys surrounded us as our warriors, protectors and tribal family lifting their hands or laying hands on us as we prayed. It was one of our most awesome prayer times together. 
At the start of our time here I had the opportunity to share a word God gave me that we are To Be the Tribe.  It started as a word for the guys as an illustration of intercessory prayer. The guys on our team were to think of the group as a tribe protecting each other and the team as a whole from any attack spiritually and physically – to surround and walk as one tribe. Galatians 6:2 states “carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ ” and in 1Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober-minded; be watchful, your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour…” And finally in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ” Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken,”. 
This is how we all felt this morning, like a tribe. Thanks so much for all your prayers.

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