Today in church I felt nothing but love and support from my community and friends, and let me tell you, it's the best feeling ever. Multiple families came up to me today and told me that they would be praying the whole way, and even a few special individuals that had made extremely generous donations toward my trip.
Albino and Sandy were at church today with their family, and they arrived while I was talking with another couple. Doriana, the oldest of the Rodriguez children saw me right away and came running and yelling, "Dana!!" (On a side note, I have only ever met Doriana, and her brother Toby and sister Felicity one time over FaceTime, but these kids are the sweetest, most outgoing and innocent human beings I have ever had the joy of knowing). I have never been more sure about my decision until today.
The church service was great, but honestly, my favorite part of going to church is being able to talk and mingle with the community before and after the service. After church, Doriana came up to me again and asked if I could help her pass out some pens that she had brought with her from Peru. So Doriana, Toby, and I wandered around passing out pens to the kids. While doing so, we had this conversation:
Doriana: "Did you know that all the people living with us speak Spanish? Do you know Spanish?"
Me: "I did know that! I speak a little bit of Spanish, do you?"
Doriana: "Yes I speak a little bit too. The people living at our house are going to teach us Spanish, and you have to help me and Toby teach them English. Also, they are going to teach us Quechua! We're going to know three languages, Dana!"
Me: "That's amazing, and I can't wait!"
So hey, I'm going to know three languages when I come home!
The support that I have received has been such a blessing, and I am so thankful that God has placed these people in my life. After church and lunch, my parents and I spent the afternoon with my family. The love and support that I have received from them has also made this change much easier. I said my hellos, and took a seat in the recliner. My lovely aunt came over and we talked about my plans and just how good God is and how he works in such amazing ways. I am so thankful that my family knows and loves God too, I know many families aren't like that.
Today has been such an encouragement and I pray that the rest of my time here in the United States is like today, full of the same love and laughter and fellowship :)
Another interaction today before leaving church:
Doriana: *running up to me to give me another hug* "I can't wait until you come live with us! We're going to have so much fun! I can't wait!"