!Hola a todos!
Things have been going well so far in our trip We got settled in down here in Mexico on Friday. Then Saturday we spent the afternoon with the kids at the orphanage making friends, watching movies, and playing games (I'm not sure if our team can handle anymore Hi-Ho Cherry-O or Memory). On Sunday the team had the opportunity to visit a Mexican church and afterwards had a great time handing out care packages at a local migrant community as well a presenting the community with a futbol (soccer ball) kick challenge, which the peole enjoyed immensely.
Yesterday, we began our work projects. Monday we worked on cleaning and maintaining some of the ditches that the team had worked on last year. Today, we worked on finishing a retaining wall that another team had begun and putting in a drainage pipe next to it. Later in the week we will be building a sidewalk around one of the houses that is under construcion where, in the future, they plan on housing more orphans.
We also began our Bible school yesterday. Our team did puppets, drama, and worked on making crafts with the kids. It has been chaotic with 38 kids trying to print pictures and paint t-shirts... not to mention Justin splitting open the front of his pants during a heated soccer game. Also, some kids from an indigenous tribe whose families are migrant workers in the area have been coming to our Bible school. They are extra shy and don't speak any Spanish (let alone English), so it is a challenge to make them feel comfortable. Yesterday was the first time they had ever seen a photograph and they could not stop giggling at the pictures of themselves.
God has been evident in our trip. The youth have really been challenged to be "living sacrifices" to God (Romans 12:1). They have also shared that they have been impressed and challenged by people who are so happy with so little.
Please pray for us this week as we continue work projects and vacation Bible school. Specifically, you can pray for our team's health. Jeremiah was sick at the beginning of the trip and even had to stay home and rest a day, but is almost back to normal now. Tristan is feeling a little stuffy and has a sore throat. Justin has felt a little under the weather too. Please pray that the cold/cough doesn't spread to the rest of the team, especially with all the dust aggrevating allergies already.
Thank you all for your continued prayer and support. We have seen God working so far and know that he will continue to work throughout the trip.
Love, The 2010 BCF youth Mexico mission trip team.It is great to hear from them and see how God is working. Let's continue to keep them in our prayers and anticipate seeing how God chooses to use them all the rest of the week.
Phillipians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.