The last several weeks, have been lots of miles and lots of smiles. We drove non stop to Gadsden, Alabama and spent some time with Wayne and Diane Kelly. Played a round of golf ⛳, well a round and a half. Left there and had breakfast with Tim Morgan from Power Ministry. After leaving there, I got very sick and went to a emergency care in Anderson, SC. I was extremely dehydrated and in excruciating pain.
A drive to Spartanburg to visit Angie Lara and the kids. They made us supper and because of my condition we left after a few hours. We drove to Hilton Head the next morning and I was feeling better after drinking lots of water.
8 wonderful days spent with Roger and Paulette at their house near the ocean. A few rounds of golf, glorious meals, and wonderful fellowship. We left there for Hickory, N.C. to spend a few days with our friends from Hulls Grove Baptist Church. A scenic drive to the mountains after lunch with, Ernie, Susan. Lori and Gavin. Sunday morning we went to Church in Hulls Grove and were able to share about the new ministry with 3 orphanages.
We left there and drove to Alan and Linnea Wells in Tennessee. Spent the night, had breakfast and hit the road again. Got home last Tuesday and went to Mexico Thursday to prepare for Saturdays food outreach. 100 family's were given food, then Sergio and I drove to the mountains ⛰ to visit the orphanage. Spent 2 days, got home yesterday, packed the van up today because Phil and Marianne Chain came and were heading to Puebla Mexico tomorrow to deliver, food, coats, bibles, and $. A stop at the orphanage in the mountains tomorrow to pick up what we dropped off the other day. Lots of miles!!!!!
We trust for a God for a safe trip as we travel through Mexico 🇲🇽, and for a favorable outcome of this election. We are so grateful for all of your prayers and support for the ministry God has given us. GRACIAS AND GOD BLESS YOU 🙏.
There was a missions team from Reynosa there mixing concrete, painting and helping out. The kids were all gone to visit family for the weekend for the first time since March, and we surely missed seeing them, but it gave the staff a much needed break.
Marty and Denise were impressed by the orphanage situated on over 30 acres. We gave them the tour of the facility and joined the team for lunch. The building projects are progressing well, the Bobcat has done its job and the foundation for the bathrooms and kids dorm rooms is almost ready to be formed and poured.
Gator and Deanna took the 4 of us out to dinner in Saltillo Saturday night. A temperature check and hand sanitizer greeted us at the door, even a foot sanitizer was in place to step on. We enjoyed the food, but our conversations were drowned out by some loud live music 🎶 😪. Oh well, we're all old and would have rather talked than listen to music. 😆.
We drove back home Sunday morning and had a 2 hour wait on the bridge to return to the US. Paula and I returned to Mexico today after buying 250 dollars worth of diapers for the stranded families in Mexico trying to get to the US. Its not going to happen any time soon, and they have no money to go back where they came from. So 😥.
Lunch at Melodys Orphanage on our way out of Mexico, always a treat. Jaime and Rosalba took all the kids at the orphanage away for the weekend to a rental house near the mountains. The first time since march that the younger kids have been out of the orphanage due to covid. They showed us the science project that they're working on, growing things from seeds.
Friday we crossed the Big Heart trailer, loaded with siding and tires for the Bobcat. We met a group of men for coffee in Reynosa that are part of a foundation of lawyers and help people in need. They committed to bringing 30 pre packaged boxes of food to the colonia on Saturday. I gave them enough money to buy 50 more,so we would have enough for every family that comes.
We dropped rice off at the community center and headed to Melodys Orphanage for lunch with the kids. 2 birthdays were celebrated for the twins, Adele,and Marisol. Stuffed jalapeños, chicken and cake.
Saturday we arrived at the colonia at 730 to escort the guys with the food boxes. Many people were already there. We unloaded the food boxes, set up the speakers and spent some time getting re acquainted with everyone. We haven't seen them since March. Andres and Goyita have been handling the food distribution during Covid.
Jaime showed up, gave a message and we sang a few songs. We had 80 boxes, and 81 families came. We had some extra beans and rice to make up the last box. Social distancing made it necessary to have 2 shifts of people entering the community center, to avoid over crowding.
We enjoyed coffee and sweet bread afterwards and then went downtown to dedicate a house that the lawyers had built for Margareta and her family. Paula had prepared a huge box of things to give her. Blankets, dishes, toys for the kids, and we took up a collection for a new bed for them. It was great to see locals helping locals during their time of need.
Papas Big Run Go fund me page to raise money for Melodys Orphanage is far short of the goal, so please pray and give. We continue to support the orphanage every month, but we need you to join us. GRACIAS