Roy, Carla, Nate, Tim, Brenda, Abby, Seth, April, Lexy, Mike and Bambi. Those are the names of the group that drove all the way from Illinois to serve. We spent 3 days at Big Heart Orphanage in Reynosa. We formed and mixed concrete for a curb, about 150 feet I think. Poured 5 truck loads of concrete for the new kitchen. Roy, Carla and Nate spent the night there as Roy and Rick ran the helicopters to polish the floor past midnight.
Thursday the team came to our house to bag beans and rice before heading to Mexico. It was cold and raining all day, but we managed to get where we wanted to hand out the shoe box gifts. 100 to Casa Hogar Mami, 16 to big heart, we then went to Senda De Vida home for the wandering migrants in Reynosa. 300 people there and about 75 kids. They were happy to get the nice gifts prepared by Laharpe Christian Church, Stronghurst church, and a few others. We still had about 75 boxes left, so we took them to the Squatters camp, outside of the colonia we normally work in. The kids braved the cold and rain to come for their gift box.
A great week inspire of not building a house, as is what this group usually does. The ministry is changing to help those in need without building a house in an area that can be considered dangerous. Team safety is a priority, and the orphanages are the best place for now.
We encourage teams to come back to Mexico and trust God that if He has called you there, He will be with you.