As I write down the happenings of last week, Paula and I are already in Chicago after spending a few days with Chad, Anna and Caleb Negley at our house in Texas. Chad is the worship director at Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights Il and they came to visit and see what part they could play in helping the churches in Mx with thier worship time. Well naturally there was some work to do in the colonia, like pour two floors for two very needy families before we left. The houses were so far from the road that Cemex had to bring out a concrete pumping truck to reach the foundations. It was amazing to see how far that the pumper could reach, over 130 feet!!! The kids had fun watching all this take place. On Wed, Scott Kincaid took Chad to visit the Pastor he has been helping building thier church and then we all met in the colonia where Chad led Pastor Victors congregation in worship and after Victor shared a message on Mexicos Independence Day, we prepared hamburgers, chicken, and hot dogs and everyone had a great meal. Last week was frustrating for some friends from San Antonio that came to build a house along the canal and had some problems getting across the border with generators and compressors and other building materials. The Mex. Gov changed all the personel at the border and they don't know all the good things the missionaries do along the border. They left a lot of things at our house and next week they'll come back to build the house. We'll miss our friends in Mx but look forward to connecting with everyone in Chgo.
This past weekend Doctor Peggy came from St. Louis and Theresa and Jorge' from San Antonio came and we ministered in Colonia Diez de Mayo where we had worked with Roland and Carolyn for many years. Peggy saw about 90 patients in two days and we also brought food and clothes for those that came to see the doc. It was good to see Pastor Lorenzo and many other people we had come to know over the years there. We saw many people we had built homes for. Today we poured concrete thru the window and door of Guiremos' house. We gave them paint some time ago to paint thier house, and a few weeks ago He asked if there was any possibility of getting His family off the dirt and get a concrete floor. Well again God provided for one of his children and by now the concrete should be hard enough to move thier things back in and the 3 kids, Mom and Dad are off the dirt!! God has also provided the funds to build a couple more houses as well and we will start them as soon as we can. With our trip to Chgo next week, we'll have to wait until we come back, unless Carmelo and Beto want to build them while we're gone. We showed the movie Fireproof today to a few couples and hope to show it many times more as we meet with couples in the colonia. The stresses on couples are no different in Mx than here. We will be in Chgo from the 17th thru the end of the month and hope to see many of you from that area while we are there.
We stop by Isidras' house on the other side of the canal more often than any other house. She has 5 girls and 1 boy and we try to make sure that thier basic needs are met. Some friends from Peoria, Il sent some lovely dresses and many kids were blessed, including Isidras.The other photos are from the food outreach on Sat. The two children that were assumed drowned in the canal are alive and well,except for a red bottom I would assume. They swam accross the canal and were afraid to swim back so they just left thier backpacks and shoes there and walked home and didn't return for thier stuff. So the miracle we prayed for was realized.