This is the day!
Baldi Hot Springs. I think that's enough to describe our day. Our group enjoyed their day of freedom and relaxation. Spending hours in hot springs, getting massages, doing a zip-line tour, and taking a boat ride around the volcano sums up the different activities for the day. One of my favorite things a few of us did was singing in the hot springs. It began to rain while we were there, so we escaped to a small covered corner only to discover the acoustics were wonderful. I can't imagine much of anything being more relaxing than singing praises to God while sitting in a pool of hot spring water. Another group had the opportunity to go on a boat ride to see the other side of the volcano...I've heard the boat's name was the S.S. Minnow. Everyone that I've talked to said the zip-line tour was amazing. They saw some beautiful scenery and had a great time together. Right now, there's a group swimming in the hot springs here at the hotel...in fact, after I post this, I hope to be joining them. Our devo tonight was given by Joel Fussell. He prepared an excellent lesson using Philippians 2:1-5:
"Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus"
He asked us to think about the reasons behind why we came here on this mission trip. Was it for the praise we would get back home? Or to serve God and to further His kingdom. It is important to understand why we are serving so we are doing it from a pure heart. Our purpose in coming down here was to lead others to Christ and to honor Him through our service. We hope that we have served in a way that has been pleasing to God and that the church in Buenos Aires will continue to grow.
God is good all the time. All the time God is good.