Monday

Today we got back to work after having the day off for worship and travel. We continued our work of painting the married couples apartments. The project is pretty large as we have to paint four four story buildings from top to bottom, but progress is being made and the work is coming along. Everyone has been working hard and doing a great job working together to complete the task at hand.

After working on a couple of projects  all day we ate dinner and were invited to the President's house for dessert. We were served delicious goodies such as cookies, brownies, cake, icecream, and cappuccino bars. Steve and Diane (President and his wife) showed us some videos of the work that is going on at Baxter. It was very encouraging to see all the great work they are doing for the Kingdom. We then spent a couple hours in fellowship and sharing stories and laughter.
Another meaningful part of the day was when couple of us went to chapel which the students at Baxter have everyday M-F at 930am. It was quite inspiring to hear them sing out in song. Sergio, a student from Venezuela gave the devotional talk and his lesson was on the rich young ruler who refused to give up his possessions to follow Jesus. He talked about how he and many other students have literally sold their possessions in order to be at Baxter. We heard of a Cuban student who sold his entire pig farm of 500 pigs to be at Baxter. Sergio sold his motorcycle to be at Baxter. It was very humbling to hear those stories and it really put things into perspective as to what are we selling/giving up to pursue Jesus? We can all learn a lesson from these committed men and women "who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19:29-30

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Deonte' Watkins