Update from Puerto Rico

Good morning Calvary Chapel San Juan Capistrano! Each morning, we like to prepare a personal devotional. This mornings devotion was given by Rudy Rodriguez reading from Colossians 3:12-17:

12:Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

13:bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

15:And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

These verses reminded us that we as followers of Christ should be walking in such a manner that the fruits of the Spirit would be prevalent to those that are watching. Our walks should imitate the very characteristics of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We are still in awe over the damage Hurricane Marie has done here in Puerta RIco. We’ve seen various downed trees, roads riddled with potholes, downed power lines & street lights, dilapidated homes, non-functioning intersection lights, stray dogs & cats, water damaged homes, etc… Even access to functioning water systems is limited causing us to develop a renewed appreciation for something as simple as running tap water. Some in the vicinity have been without running water for roughly sixty seven days and most of the homes we’ve visited continue to be without electricity. There are a few blessed families that are fortunate enough to have access to power generators, but even those are not intended to run 24-7.

Our mission began in Utuado, Puerto Rico which is a very mountainous region in the North Central area of the island. There’s plenty of greenery that’s beginning to once again flourish, which only a month ago, was almost completely stripped due to the heavy winds of Maria.

We visited about 15 homes today one of the homes we visited was owned by a woman named Jessica. She had been previously visited by Pastor Gary and James Vaca about a month ago. She was so happy to see James and the gang of guys, we prayed with her asking for the the Holy Spirit to fall upon her and for a healing to take place in one of her ears Lord. We reassured her that our Lord Jesus is a the great physician and asked that He heal her through His unfailing power. She mentioned she started reading her bible for the first time and was beginning to understand it. We then reassured her of her faith in Jesus Christ and of the message of the gospel. This was moving to all of us, because as we prayed for her, informed her of the love Jesus has for her, and explained the significance of repentance, her eyes began to tear up. We then handed her a personal water filter and encouraged her to continue reading God’s word.

We then made our way up the hills of Utuado and passed out personal purification water kits ( Sawyer ) and Gospel tracks, toys to each family and prayed with them all. It was pure joy to see the smiles forming on their faces— to see that someone cares about them, to see the love of Jesus manifested by a group of six men from a church in Southern California.

We also visited the local Utuado police station and handed out 35 Sawyer kits along with bible tracks for the police officers.  A message of hope— cleansed drinkable water and living water. It was such a blessing to meet and pray with different people Puerto Rico.

Soloman Orona

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