JERICHO PROJECT: DAY TWO

JERICHO PROJECT

Day Two:  I woke up this morning to see that there were about 175 people who have joined us in this effort. It’s a blessing to know that we have an army of people joining us in this battle, and that we are not alone.

After morning prayer we made a trip to Saltillo, about 45 minutes away, to pick up some baby food as well as a few other necessities.  Came back, had lunch and spent some much needed time trying to catch up on some thank you’s to mission partners. Afterwards we prayed our rosary again at 3:00 and Dona Agripina walked around the plaza praying with us again.  It was really cute, I think she might be in her 90’s, if not she’s really close.

When we finished, I came back in and tried to send out some more thank yous but, several ladies came and knocked on the door asking for dispensas and selling other items. I’m always quick to help some one out when they are selling things to try to make a living versus strictly coming and asking for things.  I purchased a bag full of some kind of cactus like thing that supposedly is good with eggs, cilantro and a little bit of chili.  I guess we will find out.

When I walked the last lady out the door, I noticed some young men throwing the football around in the street.  Not something you see everyday in Mexico, usually you only see the other futbol (soccer) being kicked around.  I went out and played catch with them for awhile.  It was a couple of our teens from youth group, Pepito, Leo, and Adrian.  After throwing the ball and talking with them awhile I saw a man standing on the corner and felt like I was supposed to go talk to him.

His name was Javier, he lives in a nearby rancho called Independencia. He buys and sells animals for a living, horses, donkeys, sheep, cattle, pigs, you name it.  Our conversation was incredibly blessed. He was a young guy, early 40’s with a couple of teenage children.  I was having one of those days as a missionary where you ask yourself, “man are we even making a difference here?”.  I asked him what the Mexican people thought of the missionaries especially in the ranchos, were we a blessing or a bother?  He went on to share with me the importance of our presence, and his affirming words were what I needed to hear today.  I asked him if he and his family would ever like to come with us to visit some of the rancho’s.  We pass through his rancho to get to two others that we regularly visit and he said of course.  I pray that he will join us one day. Meeting and talking with Javier was the highlight of my day!

Afterwards I fed Magdalena while Theresa napped so Bridget could go to adoration and pray before mass.  They were having a special mass for a young man who was killed last week when he was struck by a bus.  Unfortunately he left behind a couple of children and his wife.  Please pray for him and his family.  Mass was packed and it was encouraging to see several men there. After Mass Father promoted the Jericho Project and encouraged people to join us and to come out and pray with us.

I felt like the Lord today gave me glimpses of the work He is doing through everyone’s prayer and sacrifice. We came home had some dinner and had a little community game night!  Overall it’s been an incredible day.  Please keep the prayers coming, excited to see what tomorrow brings!

Tonights Gospel Reading was from Matthew 7:7-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”

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~ by martinsonmission on March 14, 2014.

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