This is the blog for the 2016 Mexico Mission Team! Check back often for updates!
Praying friends and family,
We have sure felt upheld in prayer....so many safe miles traveled, blessings in border crossings, teamwork, direction, language interactions, healing, vbs details, unity, etc. (London was also SO happy and content it was like he was euphoric sometimes!)
There were some very long, tiring and hot days but God protected and uplifted each one. Darwin said the churches in Mexico that we served were so blessed and encouraged and had a new sense of being part of something so much bigger..the Body of Christ internationally! Praise God! We look forward to sharing the stories of what God did!
We are driving from Redding CA this morning on the last 11 hr leg of the journey. Please pray for safe travels as well as the carrying of the lessons we learned on this trip into the mission we are called to here at home!
Thank you for all your prayers! God bless you!
For the Mexico Mission Team
Written by Summer Thursday morning:
Wednesday was another blessed day!! We had a smooth border crossing and then began the bumpy drive to the first VBS. We weave past houses made of scrap wood and tin, driving on bumpy dirt roads until we reach the location of our first VBS. The church is small with two buildings and a small courtyard. We start the morning by setting up crafts and games. Once the children arrive the morning assembly starts with lots of singing and dancing. We all sing as best we can and attempt to dance. It is lots of fun and having the team so enthusiastic adds lots of energy. Michael and Darwin play the guitar and Madison helps with the vocals. Once we finish singing we sit down hot and sweaty, grateful for the two ceiling fans and the cool tile floor. The local pastor gives a lesson and then Seanna, Andrew and Jared act out the daily drama in Spanish, much to everyone's delight. Andrew is an eagle complete with wings and a beak, Seanna is a coyote with ears and a bandit mask and Jared is the Sherrif who is also a jackrabbit. We had a blast making Jared's ears and fluffy bunny tail. Children are then divided into three groups and rotate through the craft room, games and daily lesson taught by Darwin and wife Alma. I have helped everyday with crafts along with Linnea, Gracia, Rachel and Madison. We laugh a lot and scramble to help little 3 year olds cut paper and try to learn Spanish words for cut, color, glue and write your name. We repeat the same words a dozen times trying to communicate what the children are suppose to do. They laugh at us and we laugh at ourselves. The games are run by Luke and James with the help of Michael, Seanna, Andrew and Jared. Sometimes the games are on the basketball court across the road or in the courtyard. We drink a ton of bottled water because it is extremely hot especially for the group outside doing games. After the rotation is complete, we once again assemble together in the sanctuary for more singing and dancing and then Darwin talks to the children a little more about the lesson for the day and awards for scripture memory. Then one of the team shares their testimony. We then tell the children adios and sit down under the fans to cool off and wait for lunch. When lunch is served we sit together at a long table with many smiling cooks and eat amazing Mexican food. Yesterday we had pork sandwiches on fresh buns. After we finish they always try to give us more and most of the time we have seconds if not thirds. They are extremely gracious and generous. After lunch we have a little time to rest or frantically look for paper for the next VBS because we left most of it back at the host home. Everyone jumps in when we have a situation like that, quickly drawing lines and cutting out tiny cactai and horseshoes as we get prepared to drive out into the country and do it all over again. Once we finished our last assembly of the day, we loaded up and began the drive back. Our evening was a little different yesterday because we did some shopping in downtown Nogales and then ate at a restaurant. The sky began to darken as we were sitting down to eat and we were able to see our first Mexican rain storm which was a novelty for Washingtonians. With full stomachs and wet heads we headed across the border and had our first van search of the trip. Lots of great memories and precious times reflecting on how good our God is and how blessed we are as a nation. Our evening concluded with a devotion by Gracia and prayer time as a team. Today will be similar but with new memories and new opportunities to share the love of Jesus with the precious children of Nogales.
Thank you for all your prayers!
We had a great first day in Mexico! It was smooth border crossings both ways and a very blessed day of ministry. Doing two VBS's in one day in intense heat is very taxing but everyone did great, drank lots of water and ate the food set before them.
Headed out now for a new day!
Thank you for all the prayers!
God is answering in abundant ways!
Day 4 - We're here! (We made it?)
We survived driving through the Sonora Desert and 110° heat and arrived here in Nogales late last night! Missionary Darwin led us to the local church (church name) that is very generously housing us this week.
This morning Pastor Ted gave us the majority of the service and we all were able to participate through testimonies, worship, special music, and teaching. Luke taught on Jesus raising Lazarus and how Jesus doesn't just make bad people good, but dead people alive! Rest of the day has been spent preparing for the many crafts, skits, music, etc.
We just finished up our nightly devotions as Summer shared on Eph. 5:18 and how the Holy Spirit fills crack of our hearts to overflowing with His love.
¡Muchas gracias para su oracións! (Thank you very much for your prayers!) God has been answering awesome prayers already and we're excited for the amazing plans he has for us tomorrow. Vacation Bible School starts in the morning! Please pray that God would touch the hearts of the kids and give us the grace to truly impact the kids with the Good News!
Grace and peace be with you!
We have set off on our final day of driving to Nogales, AZ! We have about a 8 hour drive ahead of us, but a whole lot of energy and anticipation. Yesterday we made it to Ontario, California to get some rest at a hotel. To utilize team time on the drives we have practiced our Spanish by conversing with our team members. Most of us came into this trip with very little Spanish skills, so it's so awesome to watch our growth and perseverance in such a small amount of time.
Before heading into our hotel rooms for the night we had a team devotion, led by Michael. He shared with us, Roman 8:8 "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
Thank you everyone for your prayers! Hearing all of the support from back home is really boosting us in spirit.
We're going to pick up Summer and London in Tucson and then then next stop, Nogales!
Mexico Mission Team
Ps..Just stopped in Blythe for lunch. It's 106!
We had a safe first day of travel to Redding California. This was our longest day with 11 hours of driving. Everyone did great though and we were able to take a dip in the lake across from the host home that we were staying at. We are back on the road this morning working on Spanish and other preparations as a team.
Thank you so much for all your prayers! God is at work!
God spoke to us through a special verse last night in team devotions. "Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your request known to God and the peace of God that surpasses understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6-7
Final prep night with crafts, rec, skits, music and more! Pray for health, safe travel, final details that need to be covered, spiritual growth and protection and God's work in, among and through our lives!