CRAZY BUSY AS ALWAYS

 After the record numbers on 3 Kings Day, we had to pour two foundation's to get Ready for the Power Ministry guys coming last Monday.
  Sergio and I joined Power for their morning worship and devotion in Hidalgo Texas, at Border Missions. We got a late start building but got the main house built and roofed by days end. Next Monday they're sending another team to build the orch and dedicate the house.
  The Senior Carpenter's Crew has been working all week in Progresso Mexico on 3 projects. Shawn and Carla Estes have been helping them while we've been with Power.
  Today I take Paula to an Orthopedic surgeon to assess her MRI we got on her knee last week.  It doesn't look good for avoiding surgery. Her right knee has tears in the meniscus.  Pray for healing, and or a speedy recovery.  Off to the doc, Adios!







A 3 KINGS DAY CELEBRATION

 Today we held our monthly food outreach and also celebrated 3 Kings Day.  It's a bigger celebration in Mexico than Christmas.  Wise men still seek Jesus!
  There were 250 adults and 250 children. Thanks to all that support the ministry,  we were able to buy hundreds of gifts for everyone.  The preparation began weeks ago,  buying blankets, umbrellas, and toiletries for the adults,  and hundreds of soccer balls, dolls, backpacks filled with toys, and candy. We also purchased 20 Rosca cakes and made coffee and hot chocolate for everyone.  We rented 2 tents, and 200 chairs to make sure we had seats for everyone.
  The Christian Mariachi band we had last spring came again and played for the adults,  while David and his wife Luzma entertained the kids, along with St Nick. Many vollenteers made it all come off with out a hitch.
  A small team staying at Big Heart Orphanage  came Thursday and moved tons of dirt and gravel to clean the lot for the tents, also inflated the soccer balls. We poured the concrete floor on the lot just in time to set up the tents.
  Thank you to all that support us and the ministry to make these outreaches possible.





Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Please take a minute to look at our review of the year. Blessings!




WHAT A GREAT WAY TO END A GREAT YEAR

Yesterday, we dedicated the house we built over the last week. Alberto, Yolanda and their kids Alma and Alex were all brought to tears as we prayed over them and handed them the keys to a Christmas present they could only dream about. A great message from Jaime, worship by The Garcia family and a few testimonials from the team. Our daughter donated most of the money to build it after the family that planned on coming, couldn't. She let go of what was in her hand, and God made up the difference. The money left her hand, but it will never leave her life.
As we get our hearts ready for Christmas, we have been blessed with the funds to buy hundreds of soccer balls, blankets, dolls, umbrellas and so much more to give out to the poor kids in Reynosa, Oaxaca, Chiapas and who knows where else they'll end up.
We joined Shawn and Carla Estes at the garbage dump Monday to bring food, shoes, toys and the message if hope to those that live and work in the dump.
We're trying to get our Christmas news letter on this site, so if you need to open it, then you can read it. We sent out 130 cards and letters to those that have made a donation toward our ministry this year, because we have your addresses on file, and if we missed you, SORRY!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.

WELL, WE GOT IT!!!

Yep, it snowed here two Fridays ago, and it was almost cold enough again this past Friday. We were here in 2004 on a missions trip when it snowed several inches. Lots of snowmen everywhere.
We had wood delivered to Yolandas house over a week ago, but the wet weather kept them from getting it all painted. I had several guys willing to help us build it because the family that was coming to build it could not come. We promised her a house by Christmas, and she'll have it.
We only had one day, Thursday to build, rain called for Fri, Sat, Sun. We got a lot done and threw a tarp over the rafters to keep the wood dry. Our Sunday school teacher Lee came, as well as Shawn, Mathew, Andres,Sergio, and Phil Chain. We're going to work on it tomorrow, but Tuesday, I have another Laser surgery on my eye.
Thanks to our generous supporters,we have purchased a lot of toys for the children in Mexico that otherwise would not get a present. 350 soccer balls, and 100 dolls for the kids, 200 blankets, 100 umbrellas, slippers and some purses for the ladies. Jaime crossed most of it for us, and we'll get the rest over by January 6th when we'll have our monthly food outreach at the Community Center.
Paula had her Christmas party for the sewing class on Friday. In spite of the cold and rain, I think there was about 50 people there. They all had a great time, laughing and playing games. Sara Vargas flew in from North Carolina just to spend the day with the girls.
We had our Sunday school class Christmas party at our house last Sunday. We had 30 people here, sharing great food, fellowship, and a few songs.
I licked the last if the 130 Christmas cards shut today, how about flavored glue! Anyhow, it's the only newsletter we send out, I'll post one on the blog this week. It's been another record year as we are in the process of building our 27th house.
Thanks for the prayers and support to make it all possible.

THEY'RE CALLING FOR SNOW HERE!!!!!

Two days ago, I dropped Kristin and Lea off at the airport and it was 84degrees. Today it's been cold and rainy and only 45. They said there's a chance of snow by morning.
It was sure nice to have Kris and Lea here for a week. We were able to show her off at the Community Center for the monthly food outreach where 250 adults and 150 kids jammed the Community Center and the street. We ran out of everything except for beans and rice, because Sergio and China got tons of beans and rice across the border while we were in Chicago for Thanksgiving.
The wood for our 27th house that we have built, was delivered yesterday. We're hoping to build it next week, when it warms back into the 70's.
Please pray for David Garcia, I just heard he is in the hospital with a possible heart attack. David and his wife lead worship for all our outreaches and always come to our house dedications.
As Christmas approaches, we will be buying hundreds of toys and soccer balls to give out on January 6th. We are also funding outreaches in Oaxaca Mexico where the earthquake hit in 3 months ago. Thanks for the prayers and support to continue to bless those less fortunate.

GIVING THANKS TO GOD

We indeed are so very Thankful for all God has done, and for our family of supporters that make it possible. We are with family in Chicago where it's unseasonably warm and we're thankful for that.
Last week we were able to see God do an amazing work in the hearts of the family we built a house for. The house was donated by George and Carla Georgopulos. We spent the four days building it with the help of the locals. Great meals were provided by the family al week. Dedication day had the whole extended family of Maria Guadalupe giving thanks and their hearts to Jesus.