Hello everyone. I'm happy to report that yesterday went great. The students are doing fantastic, and the staff are great. The construction project is going very well, and the students are really stepping up and getting things done.
The carnivals have had less kids than last year, because the kids here are not out of school this week, but we've adjusted, and it's still going well. They absolutely love the carnival prizes that you all donated, so thank you so much.
We had an outreach last night that went very well. There were a lot of people there, and many heard the gospel presented at the end. Praise God.
Last night, as we were all getting ready to head to bed, one of our volunteers was in a conversation with one of our students. When he asked the student if he was a follower of Jesus the student replied that he was not, but he would like to be. After explaining the Gospel to him, out volunteer and a few others were able to pray with him to become a Christian. God is at work!
Hey everyone, thanks for checking in on us. The crossing at the border went as smoothly and painlessly as can be expected. So thank you for your prayers there. So far, everyone is excited and in great shape. We have one student, Jasmine Clark, who is not feeling well and wasn’t able to participate this morning. Please pray for her.
Today we started our construction project, which is a children’s classroom and tutoring center near the landfill. It’s connected to a church that is a church plant from the church we are partnered with. They are doing amazing things in that community, and it is a blessing to help them expand their ministry.
We are also doing our first of eight children’s carnivals this morning. This afternoon we are doing an outreach in a community that the church has been involved in for a while. Please pray for that to be fruitful.
I also wanted to address a concern that a number of parents have brought up with me. I am fully aware that the president has threatened to close...
Hey everyone, thank you for your prayers this week. We will be very appreciative. We are about to cross the border into Mexico. All is well so far. Uneventful trip down here other than a lot of traffic, putting us behind schedule. I will post tomorrow.
Well we are back in the States, but that border crossing was one of the longest ever. We are running waaaaay later than expected. I doubt we’ll be home before 8:30ish. Sorry for the delay. Everyone is still healthy and happy though.
Please plan to join us on Monday night to hear all about the trip and see testimonies from students. 7pm in the PCC auditorium.
Today is our last full day of ministry here in Mexico. Tomorrow by this time we'll be packing up to head back home. It's so bittersweet. Bitter because God has done so much amazing stuff here in our team and through the ministry we've done with Iglesia Del Redentor, and we're not ready for it to end. Bitter because I know from experience how difficult it is for students to continue walking faithfully with Jesus when the pressures of life and relationships and electronics come back into the picture. Bitter because we have to leave those we've bonded with. Sweet because we miss everyone we left back home. Sweet because we were never meant to live the Christian life in cloistered bubbles, and going back home gives us the ability to spread the love of Jesus that we've experienced to the people back home. Sweet because hot showers and comfortable beds (if we're being honest here, haha).
The rest of today we're finishing our carnivals, construction projects and team time. Then this evening we...
Ok, maybe the tacos didn't actually come from heaven, but they did come from Asadero Los Poblanos, which is hands down the best taco place on earth. We just had lunch there as a team, and it was amazing, as always. What's crazy is that's not even the best thing that's happened in the last 24 hours.
The outreach last night went very well, with many people in attendance and having a great time. There was even an outdoor Zumba class going on at the park while we were there, so of course most of our group joined it! Haha. Afterwards the instructor and the rest of those in attendance got to hear the Gospel and get some food that we'd cooked for everyone. It was a great time.
When we got back we had another time of worship and teaching with out team. Not only was the time of worship incredible, at the end of the teaching time I presented the Gospel (in English, since they'd only been hearing it in Spanish so far!), and 8 of our own students responded in faith for the first time! It was amazing...
Hey everyone, I'm happy to say that we are here, and everything is going very well thus far. Crossing the border was fairly quick and painless. Getting to the church and connecting with our brothers and sisters was amazing, as always. The connection that our church has formed with the people and leaders of Iglesia Del Redentor is truly inspiring. The students for whom this was their first year even commented on how crazy it was that everyone who has gone before seemed to have friends here waiting for them. For me it goes far beyond friendship. It's a family reunion. I know that's becoming true for some of our other students and staff as well. Some of the students are already trying to convince me to let them stay and live here. Don't worry, none have convinced me...yet!
After getting unloaded we had dinner and then set out for our first outreach. This is always a great experience, but last night was especially cool. It was oddly different than years past. Usually, as we gather and someo...