The hotel staff did their best to accommodate our big group. It must be incredibly difficult to cook meals over an open fire for a large group of people – it was pre-daybreak when they started making breakfast and dark when they finished washing the last dish after dinner.
On our final morning, Dan and I gathered the staff together for pictures and to give them a small gratuity - you would have thought we gave them a million bucks - some of the guys went crazy, turning cartwheels, dancing, jumping in the air, posing for silly photos.
Our translators quickly built a rapport with the staff and ended up sharing the Gospel with most of them. I started noticing the dining room staff was joining us for our team meetings, devotionals, prayer and worship times. Several of them prayed to receive Christ as Savior. We gave Bibles to all who needed one. On the day we left, the lead dining room gal (far right in the photo) saw me in the hallway, pressed her hand to her heart, raised her fingers to her lips then extended a kiss and a wave to me. I was extremely touched by this gesture. She agreed to attend the new church we planted near the hotel!!