They arrived last Thursday night and Friday we took the 100 shoe box gifts that thier church had put together, along with beans, rice and cases of bibles. Saturday we held the monthly food outreach and handed out the boxes to the kids. Jaime Mayorga from Melodys Orphanage came and led worship as Nate and I played the guitar 🎸. They had a great time giving out the gifts and the food as each family passed through the Community Center.
Pastor Felipe brought us fried fish from Tampico, Mx for lunch. Pastor Joel drove 4 hours just to get the bottled water we donated to him as his Community in Monterrey is out of water.
We took Nate and his family to Melodys Orphanage to deliver gifts to the kids there, and yes, we ate again. We drove to Progresso Mexico to get a few souvenirs and meds. Sunday church in McAllen, followed by some pool time for the kids. Yesterday was Padre Island day. Not my cup of tea, but the onshore breeze was refreshing. They leave today to continue thier time off. We sure enjoyed our time together, getting to know them better, and really appreciate the support that LaHarpe Christian Church sends every month.
We all need time away to refresh, and need to take that time, free from the guilt that often accompanies Pastors and Missionaries when we take time off. Jesus often stepped away from ministry to pray, and just get away.