Well we our trip is coming frighteningly close to being over soon, which is crazy because it feels like we have hardly been here! We don’t have much time either, so I apologize in advance if this post is a little short.
I am not sure how much Brittany O. told you about the date we set but the girl wound up not coming. It was heartbreaking but we decided to go get her a birthday card and stop by her bar to drop it off later that night. I couldn’t be more happy that we did. When we showed up she instantly ran out to us an apologized for not showing up. We could all tell she was extremely relieved that we were there. She looked different then normal and I think we all instantly noticed it. She looked sad and didn’t greet us with her usual bubbly personality and you could tell she had taken little to no time to get ready for the night. She explained that she did not show up to our date because her father, who had been in poor health for quite sometime, passed away that morning. She had to come into work because apparently they were low on staff and desperately needed her.
Wow. Just writing it makes it really sink in again for a second time. What do you say in a situation like that? And how do you show Christ’s love and compassion? Essentially we just gave her her birthday card and gave her a few hugs before bidding her goodbye. Before we left she initiated us exchanging numbers and said she would call us today if she needed anything. We are hoping and praying that we get to see her. If all of you could be in prayer for her that would mean the world to us. She is such a sweet girl with an amazing spirit and working in the bars is not exactly the best way to find a good emotional support system. If there was ever a time where Christ could move in her life it is now.
I think one of the hardest things we had to do as a team on this trip was walk away from her and say goodnight. Our prayers have been with her every second since we have left though.
The rest of the night on Bangla was actually really good! ( Or as good as Bangla can get I guess) Brittany O. and I were able to see the girl that we played Janga with at the Moulan Rouge bar again. When we walked up her face completely lit up and she ran out of the bar to come give us both hugs. She was kind of busy working due to the fact that there were a lot of men there, but she still found some time to play a lot of games with us. We weren’t able to say goodnight to her because she got called away by another group. If you could all just keep her in your prayers that would be amazing. She has only been working in the bars for a month now but it is a month too long. I hope to maybe see her again tonight.
Anyway that’s really all I’ve got to say. At least I covered the bare minimum important stuff. We miss you all but God is doing some incredible things here! Thank you for keeping us and the girls in your prayers!