SO MUCH HAPPENING, CAN'T KEEP UP

  There's always seems to be so many different things going on, it's hard to keep it all straight,  that's when God says" relax, I've got this". Whew!
  Hulls Grove church left and The Power Ministry guys arrived Sunday night , I took them to the border to get Visas to go to Big Heart Orphanage in the mountains near Saltillo , Monday. We drove the 3-1/2 hours, ate lunch, toured the orphanage and then drove back 3-1/2 hours. It was their only opportunity to visit the new orphanage. They are busy scouting out opportunities for January. They have assigned us a team of 10 or 12 like last year to build a house.
  Sergio, Andres, Jaime and a couple others finished building and setting the trusses on Melodys Orphanage. We installed the purlins Tuesday before the rain, and got the roofing on Wednesday. It's going to be a great space for them. 24 X 28.
  We had hundreds of coats donated and we took a lot of them over yesterday, just in time for a 30 degree drop in temperature.  Travis and Rick Caywood brought us a whole truckload of food. 13 pallets of beans and 15 pallets of snack foods. Chips, Takis, Popcorn, Gateraid, water. A lot!! We had to pay for the beans ( First time in a while), but at 19cents a pound,  $4200 bought a lot of beans.
  A Huge repair on the diesel truck. All the front end parts, shocks, hubs, ball joints. $1500.00 later, I have a new front end.
  We're praying about the new opportunities to serve the orphanages in Mexico. Home building in the colonia is non existent with no teams, or donations to build, so we're making sure that the orphanages have everything they need, and we'll be supporting them with any excess support we have received above our personal needs. We need those of you who support us, to please keep up the good work, knowing that even though we don't build as many houses, we still hold our monthly food outreach, meet the needs of people in the colonia and countless other people in Mexico, as far as Chiapas.  Thank you for your sacrifice to the poor and orphans.







HULLS GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH, HERE, AND GONE!!!

  A week of hard work and ministry at Melodys Orphanage in Reynosa. The last group for the year that was willing to travel to Mexico and also stay in the Community Center in the colonia. We had to purchase 10 beds to accommodate them all, and will give them all away to make room for Paula's sewing class, which turned into a craft class for the week.
  The team worked through the heat, and framed the 24 X 28 foot addition, made more than half the trusses, scrapped and painted the whole metal fence in front of the orphanage. A lot accomplished in 4 days of work. Yesterday we joined Fortify Ministries at the garbage dump in Reynosa and handed out beans, oil, flour, health kits, and hot dogs, chips and lemonade.
  There is still a lot of work to do on the addition, and we're going to get it under roof this coming week. The team really connected with the kids at the orphanage. We ate with them most days and got a kiss and a hug from each one every day.
  We celebrated two birthdays,  Rosalba, Jaimes wife, and Bobby Farmer, the Pastor on the team.
  The Orphanage will now have a play space for the kids, a place for teams to stay, I guess a multi purpose room would best describe it. We will see how God provides the funds to insulate and install drywall. He always does! Thanks for the prayers and support that keeps us going. We also held our monthly food outreach last Saturday with the funds supplied by Naples Christian Church. Thank you!








 

NO SO CAL IN 35 YEARS

 I haven't been here in 35 years. An invite from Power Ministry to speak at their annual fund raising golf outing on Saturday.  Our host family, Scott and Kristy Anderson live in Riverside, CA. They live in, without question, the most beautiful house I've ever been in. We stayed in the guest house, adjoining the main house. Scott was in the colonia last year helping build a house that Power provided the funds for.
  Several Power guys kept us busy, golfing, dining, golfing, dining, golfing, dining. We spoke at thier fundraising event Saturday night after golfing all day. They raised an amazing amount Saturday, well over their anticipated amount, to fund their ministry for next year's building, and blessing blitz in Mexico.
  We fly home today, and get back to work. Hulls Grove church arrives next Saturday and we'll be building and working in Mexico all week. We can't wait to see them.







BIGGER HEART ORPHANAGE

  Our road trip to Ramos Arizpe in the Mexican State of Couhilla to visit Gator and Deanna Carter in Big Heart of the Moutains, was short but sweet. We all met at Big Heart in Reynosa and loaded up some things to take them. A grill, laundry soap, water, kitchen stuff, and spices.
  We Stopped at El Fogon on the way out of town and spent $50.00 on tacos to go. We ate some and took Gator the rest. We arrived 3 1/2 hours later. It's such a nice place, and there is plenty of room, and work to do there. We are encouraging teams to fly to Monterey, Mx. and spend a week with us there. House building in the colonia in Reynosa is limited at this time.
  Yesterday we bought tile for our floor in Mexico . Only 350 dollars for the materials. Andres and a couple other guys will install it this week. No more cold concrete floor.
   Power Ministry has invited Paula and I to come to California for their annual fund raising golf outing on Saturday.  I'll speak at the banquet, sharing about how Power Ministry has blessed us, and so many other ministries in Mexico. We've never been to CA together. I haven't been there for over 25 years , since my trucking days.
  Hulls Grove church arrives next Saturday evening and will be staying at the Community Center in Mexico. We'll be working on a house in the colonia, also Melodys Orphanage, the dump, and our house. They are coming from North Carolina and might even cancel or postpone their trip in light of Hurricane Florence.



THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING

  This morning ,7 of us are heading to Big Heart Orphanage in the mountains near Saltillo,  Mexico. It's about 180 miles from here and absolutely beautiful. Well if you like the High Desert! Gator and Deanna have officially moved there and we're heading to take them supplies to help them operate the orphanage.
  We have been in Mexico all week with Paula's sewing class, and Sergio  Andres, and me finishing the insulation and drywall in our house. The only thing left to do is the floor. The exposed concrete floor is starting to flake and pop off in spots. The ceramic tile will make it so much nicer and easier to clean.
  Gotta get going, thanks for the prayers and support.


THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, OR ON THE ROAD

  Being on the road is what we have to do, considering our family and partners are spread across the country. We arrived home Saturday night after helping Kelly move into her new digs in Breckenridge, Colorado .A beautiful, but albeit, expensive place to live. Lots of help, both loading and unloading the rental truck. Our stay at The Prospect R.V. Park in Wheat Ridge, CO. Was short but sweet, when the owners blessed us with a free stay at their camp ground. They said they just wanted to bless us for being a blessing to the poor. FAVOR JUST SEEMS TO CHASE US DOWN!!
  We stayed two nights in Breckenridge and headed South Friday morning.
  The new R.V. runs great, and handles even better. A few problems with the A/C and generator while plugged in to outlets, but the dash board A/C works great while driving down the road.
  We  were glad to make it home for church Sunday, and spent part of Monday in the colonia. ROHI Foundation leaders Scott and Cory we're in Mexico working out details of building a wall around the schools in the colonia for security reasons. We donated towards that effort of keeping the kids safe.
  Yesterday we visited Melodys Orphanage and met the new kids that have been entrusted to Jaime and Rosalba. They are so nice, and are experiencing God's love. The total is 7 kids now, and we are trusting God to bring in the support needed for their care. If anyone wants to support the orphanage , send us checks to Mexico Missions and mark Melodys Orphanage  in the memo, and we'll get it to them. Thanks for all the support.







BOASTING IN THE LORD

  When God does something so out of the box, we must boast about His provisions. We arrived in Chicago a few days before church. On Sunday, most of my family was there with us. My sister Pam flew up from Florida,  so Paula and I could baptize her that afternoon. What a joyous occasion to share with family and friends who came.
  Pam leaned over to me at church and said, "for the first time, I understand all the Pastor is saying." The Holy Spirit is alive and inside of her. How Awesome!!!
  Monday, we took delivery of a newer R.V. that some partners bought us!!!! What? Yes, we have been traveling in our 22 year old R.V.  Some time ago, we told some friends who are going through hard times, a stroke, a car accident, other health issues, if God ever provides us with a newer RV, we would give them ours. Well, God gave us one, so I drive our old one to Tennessee and  have it to them, and then flew back to Chicago . Some friends even donated air miles to make the one way fight home.
  So why is God so good to us? I believe it's because we don't ignore the Holy Spirits instructions on giving to those in need. The widow with 11 kids, a 9 year old with leukemia, whose parents lost their job, house, all because of Kaleys health issues.
  It's been a great few weeks up here, we held our annual pizza party at Moraine Valley Church, about 60 people came to hear about what's going on in Mexico. We drove to Carthage,  Illinois and spent a couple days at Rick and Diane Balmers. Rick helped me fix the lights on the tow dolly, and then fried catfish for dinner. We attended Laharpe Christian Church Sunday , and then had a cookout at Roy and Carla Days.
  Today, we leave for Colorado to help Kelly move out of her apartment and into a Condo in Breckenridge. Her heart is in the mountains. Then we head home, finally!!!!
  Thanks for the prayers and support.