A Christmas Visit to Canoas

Today a massive group of visitors from Texas went with True Path Ministry, along with several members of Iglesia Getsemani. Twenty two people in total took three vehicles to the tiny mountain village of Canoas. After a 1.5 hour drive down bumpy dirt roads, we arrived to a group of smiling adults and children.

Our group was divided into two and we were promptly taken to two local houses where we were graciously fed an early lunch. As we sat in the tiny wooden house, you cannot help but notice the gaps in the walls and the chairs held together by bits of rope. But the meal was prepared and served with love, and it filled our bellies and kept us warm. After that, the walk back to the church seemed longer in the 44°F weather since a mist had started to fall, but we soon began our worship service.

We started with upbeat, praising music, with LuLu and Jose both taking turns on the guitar. Evangelist Ramiro preached a truth-filled sermon on how you cannot live without “the light of God” in your life. He taught us to remember that “the light of God” comes from reading and spending time in His word. The children enjoyed their own worship service complete with songs, a bible lesson, and craft time.

Once service concluded, our group had a blast handing out blankets, clothing, purses, and shoes to the adults. However, the kids are our favorite. Each girl and boy was given a gift box donated by multiple churches in Texas. They contained toys, bubbles, markers, crayons, and personal care items. As you can see from the pictures, they absolutely loved it.

I was thinking today that this is at least the 3rd year in a row that I have had the privilege of helping True Path Ministry hand out gifts. Being able to show God’s love for these children and families has never lost its magic for me; For what gift could be better than the smile of a child?

Guest written by: Jeanette Lewis (niece of Stephen and Tonyia Williams)

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