The team from Petitcodiac Baptist Church in New Brunswick Canada arrived late last night and we inflated a bunch of air beds to make everyone comfortable after 18 hours of travel. It was too late to head to the Casa Hogar Benito Juarez, the orphanage that they will serve in this week. Paula and I enjoy opening our home to people coming to bless the people in Mx. If only for a night or a week. We had breakfast and after the team had thier devotions we headed to the colonia to meet some people that want to build some houses with us next month before going to the orphanage. Once we arrived there we ran over the plans for the week and had lunch with the kids before the team gave a wonderful puppet show as well a skit for the kids. Julie our intern at the orphanage will stay with the team and help with the work projects. It will be a great week for the team and the kids they will get to know. We are in the process of picking some needy families to recieve the answer to thier prayers for a house. One foundation will be ready next week for the house that was paid for by a group of friends and family of the Shong Family from Indiana that donated enough money to build a few house and this is the second one that we have built with the donations. Rauls' son David called with some toilets that were removed from a job site and we gladly brought them to the colonia to be installed in the bathrooms we have been building. But until we get the bathrooms built, they make a nice chair. We had another great day in Mexico and no signs of any trouble anywhere we go, so come on down and touch a life!!
Another family will have a new house soon because of a gift we recieved from a christian family that was told about our missions work in mexico and God put it in thier heart to sow a seed into our life and the life of a family in need of a home. How great is our God!! Money should be like a hot potatoe, as soon as it enters our hands, we should be looking for a way to get rid of it in a godly way for an eternal inheritance stored up in heaven where moths and rust can't destroy. We have never met this family that gave so generously but we hope they will come one day and meet the family that they blessed with a house. We finished up Jaimies' house except for e few minor things and had to come back home to attend our final Sons of Salvation group meeting, as the headquarters is moving to Atlanta and 3 of the staff get ready to go to China for a year! We prayed for everyone and packed up some things to assist us in ministry here after they leave. We have a team from Canada coming on Thurs. to stay and work in an orphanage in Reynosa. Another group that was scheduled to come next month has cancelled because of things the media portray as very dangerous in Mexico. We pray that things would settle down here and also quiet the hearts of those planning on coming because we have not seen anything in the areas we work to deter us. A special house will be built next month that has been designed by some students in Chgo, complete with solor energy panels, check it out at mexicoproject.org. Paula and I are blessed because of all of you that pray for us and help us financially, we will continue to minister here regaurdless of media reports and take the safety of our teams very seriously and will keep everyone out of harms way, as much as it depends upon us. ADIOS
As the week started Paula Raul and I helped the folks from Laharpe Il start and finish building a house in just a few days, and then we worked on Jaimies' house and Beto and Carmello finished a lot of the work, as we spent the last few days being blessed by the presence of our daughters Kristin and Kelly. We just dropped them off at the airport after spending the day on Padre Island for lunch and a walk on the beach. We spent yesterday, after a great church service at Calvary Baptist in Mcallen, in the colonia. We really wanted the girls to meet our friends in the colonia, and they were excited to meet the girls.We brought over carrot cake and lemon bundt cake and enjoyed a cup of coffee as well as the cakes. We also went to the market in downtown Reynosa where they were having a music and craft festival. We were the only Americans there and those two beautiful blond haired blue eyed girls sure got a lot of looks. The things that happened last week have kept all the Americans in America. We then went out for a great fajita dinner at our favorite resturante' in Reynosa. We miss the girls already. Please pray for them, they got a call on the way to the airport that a friend from the town they lived in years ago with thier Mom passed into eternity today at 34 years old. God Bless you all ADIOS
I love the pictures Paula posted, so many wonderfull examples of Gods awsome power! Well, we had a team from Laharpe Christian Church and some of thier friends from different areas in the midwest come and build home for Miguel and his smiling wife Blanca. We completed the house in two working days and the third day we had a cook out and dedication ceremony before the team needed to go and assist the rest of thier team in building a church/house in the town of Progresso, Mx about a half an hour east of Reynosa. In the midst of some drizzel for the two days, the team did a wonderfull job and another family is off the dirt and onto dry ground. How cool is that? Blanca, her Mom and two sisters helped the team as well. The walls have been done on Jaimie and Juanitas for a few weeks and we started putting the roof rafters on after the team left yesterday and today, because I needed to move 8 skids of paint from the warehouse they were in here in the states, Beto and Carmello put all the rafters on and installed the roof as well. What a blessing they are to Paula and me. Kristin and Kelly arrive tommorrow YEA! Now that the boys finished my work on that house, we can take the girls for a visit in the colonia instead of a work day. Everyone in the colonia is excited to meet them. ADIOS