Paula's sewing class is really growing, with at least 10 women coming twice a week. They have a lot of quilts made and ready to be purchased. They put a lot of time and effort into these quilts, so if any one wants to buy one, text or call Paula at 708-275-9572. She'll send photos to select from, maybe we should post them on the blog and then you can see them. At any rate, it seems that some people want to get these as cheap as possible, because we just ask to give what you feel like giving, but I'm asking you to bless the poor with your best gift.
Today we are also giving every Mom a bottle of shampoo, a hand fan, or a little blanket as a gift for Mothers Day next week.
The last week or so has been just as busy as ever. The Campus House in Macomb IL at Western Illinois University donated a 15passenger van to Ms Fonseca at Casino Mami Orphanage in Reynosa, Mx. Ethan drove the van down and we invited Elma over to receive the gift. She was overwhelmed and when Paula and I gave her a check to cover registration and license fees. She circled us up and thanked God for the blessings.
Friday night, I attended Bethany Church in Alamo. They held a Sader meal as part of the celebration of Passover. It was a great night of worship and experience of the tradition.
We poured a few foundations last week as we prepare to build a few houses in the next few weeks. As usual, Paula's sewing class continues to be a blessing to all that attend.
As we drove down toward one end, we came across Cezar and Allysa chopping weeds and cleaning up a lot that Cezars Dad gave them. Cezar got Allysa pregnant and they are going to need a place to live. There is an explosion of young girls, 14, 15, 16 years old getting pregnant in the colonia. We were talking about the epidemic yesterday after we met with them. They are both 16, and life as they know it will never be the same. The great, if you can call it great, part of the problem is that they keep the baby and somehow make it work. I was sharing about when I was 16 and got my girlfriend pregnant, we just went and got an abortion, problem solved, or was it???? So when we see these young kids having babies, I'm a little more compassionate than most because of the lives that were cut short because of my "choices". At least they are letting their baby live and giving God the opportunity to use this precious life for His Glory. So there are a few young families who made a huge choice for life that we'll be building houses for in the next few months. Some may ask" aren't you rewarding bad behavior by building these kids having kids a house?" " No I say, just loving them the way Jesus loves them".