Back to Mexico in January

January 1st-9th, we spent in General Cepeda, Mexico again with some of the past Life Teen Summer Missionaries.  It’s always one of our favorite trips for many reasons…because it’s where Erik and I each individually experienced foreign missions for the first time, and because of how Life Teen and Family Missions Company are able to come together and work side by side in mission, and mostly because we are always blown away by how God works and transforms these college students’ hearts as they go to serve the poorest of the poor in Mexico. 

The summer missionaries come to this trip already having a missionary heart from journeying with teens at summer camp, and they usually enter this mission with a real zeal and readiness to love, serve, pray and evangelize.  This year was no exception.  The overall theme in our morning prayer and sharing throughout the week was a realization that we all need to allow God, the Creator and Author of our lives, to freely write our story and stop trying to tell Him how we think it should go.  As scary as that may seem, it is always exciting to let go, live in the present moment and allow the Lord to tell us what’s next instead of always planning or anticipating.  Life is more of an adventure that way, and who doesn’t want a little more adventure in their life, right?

Here are some pics from the January Mexico Mission…

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The group in front of the Cathedral in Saltillo

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Praying with Dona Alvarita, a sweet faithful lady who had befriended some of the FMC missionaries and came to the mission house for prayer one day.  She, a widow, had been left to take care of her 4 small grandchildren a couple years ago.  The youngest is only 3 and has been in the hospital since she was born with a serious condition that requires periodic blood transfusions. She came to us crying, asking for prayer, because the little girl was in dyer need of a transfusion but she had no money for it.  The hospital workers were asking her, “Don’t you want to save her life?” Dona Alvarita assured them that, of course, she wanted to save her, but she had no money.  She came to us, sharing her story, and after praying with her, she cried as she shared how much the missionaries love and support means to her.  The missionaries were able to give her enough money for the next 2 transfusions and a little extra for food and transportation to the hospital 45 minutes away. She gratefully hugged us all with tears in her eyes and left in a hurry to get to the hospital where they were waiting for the go ahead to give the little girl her life saving transfusion. 

 

Preaching in the Ranchos…

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Going out to invite the people to the chapel for prayer.  Not only was it freezing cold, but we were in a cloud for half of the week!

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Our bundled little missionary girls, Theresa and Mara

 

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Erik sharing his testimony about why he loves being Catholic

 

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The girls in the Rancho lovin’ on Resa

 

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Praising in the Rancho…this was the biggest rancho we went to, and all of us went together….it was packed and several of the Mexican men came to this one, too, which was an added blessing

 

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Praying over people in the ranchos

 

Work Projects…

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Putting on a new roof

 

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Mixing cement for the roof

 

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Walking home in the cloud

 

Some other fun pics…

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Resa kissing Baby Jesus at the Levantada

 

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Silly Girls

 

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What Theresa slept in with the below freezing weather…at least most of the time…

 

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…the rest of the time she slept like this…poor feverish baby! She was a trooper!

 

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~ by martinsonmission on February 5, 2013.

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