Today was a BIG day! It was the key dedication ceremony to family we have building the house for and it proved to be very emotional. I was a video taper and was pretty much in the thick of the emotion the whole time. What an honor it was to be a part of God impacting not only this family but the whole community we came into contact with. We ended the day with trip to the local church we support for a nice meal and fellowship. It is pretty incredible how many different experiences we all have gotten in a short week.
Bella and I have been on separate sites for the week and so we have gotten to have our own experiences. One of the benefits of this is that I have gotten to know more of the middle schoolers at Canyon Hills. Today, however, Bella and I were able to work the House Build together. I helped manage the staining of trim, touching up house painting, and cleaning drywall mud trowels and pans. This evening I also made a store run to WallMart and Home Depot to get supplies with Mr Lucke and Mr See. God is really starting to work in the hearts of everyone here and it is so exciting to watch the hearts of the kids change.
One of the most awesome things about working with Yugo Ministries is that we get Chapel both in the morning and at night; filled with worship and message. Every chapel we had a different speaker and they were all great! Each one spoke a message centered around the theme of ‘Love is…’. For the kids (and adults) who attended this mission, every day was filled with not only an outpouring of love on the Mexican people but also an infilling of spiritual truth. Such an awesome experience!
Today was our first day on the house build all together to get things started off right by praying with the family and asking for God’s blessing in our work. All in all we have 4 teams of boys and 4 teams of girls. 1 boy team and 1 girl team worked at the ‘House Build’ each day and then the other teams would be working 2 separate other sites where we did roof repairs and repainting…getting to know and love on 2 additional families. Our site was a pretty substantial roof repair and we had the excitement of one of the boys stepping through a couple of rafters and breaking through the drywall ceiling! Whoops! We ordered a couple of sheets of drywall and all was ok, no one was hurt…only embarrassed. 🙂
Well the day finally came to end. We had the 2.5 hour drive from San Diego to Ensenada with only a slight hitch at the border. The 6 vans made it safely to the Yugo Ministries complex and we all got adjusted into our accommodations, ate a great dinner, met the family we are building the house for, and had a great time of worship at chapel complete with devotions before bed. Everyone is in their rooms and settling down. We are ready for tomorrow and the Yugo staff has nicely put tomorrow’s schedule on the white board for us (We are the BLUE Team). More to come tomorrow.
We stopped for a bite to eat and supplies in Chula Vista. We had a short 45 minute delay at the border for 2 of the 6 vans to get X-Rayed. We got to meet people coming from a church in Moorpark, CA who are coming to YUGO as well. Nice time of fellowship while we waited. We are now on our way to our final destination -> Ensenada
“Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit shall not and cannot be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Spirit, the Holy One, will not be forgiven, either in this world and age or in the world and age to come.” Matthew 12:31-32 ->me: The Lord, through His word, taught me something new today. So thankful for this as 63 of us head down to Ensenada, Mexico to minister to the people there. Here in this passage, Jesus has just healed and freed a man who was possessed by a demon, blind, deaf, and dumb. The Pharisees just got done telling the people that the way Jesus was throwing out demons was on the authority of the prince of demons. Of course this is crazy and not even logical; as Jesus quickly educates them. Then we have these 2 verses saying you can blaspheme and slander Jesus but not the Holy Spirit. Wait….what? Is the Son of man then on a lower level, less than divine, that he can be slandered with impunity? No. After some careful reading and understanding of the words used here in the Greek I think I have clarity on why. The incognito character of Jesus ministry means that failure to recognize Him for what He was might be excusable The difference is then between failure to recognize the light and deliberate rejection of it once it is recognized as such; unforgivable blasphemy versus unwitting sin. This is what makes turning on God’s Spirit within you so dangerous. I think this is recognized most when people reach the point where they rationalize their fleshly thinking; calling evil good and good evil. Scary.
Quick stop to pick up vans and get a bite to eat before heading across the border. Bella was dead asleep on the flight. I don’t think she slept a wink last night. So thankful for all of your prayers and support!
Bella and I left the house at 3:00am this morning! All 63 of us are on the plane now and we are ready to go! May God go before us and pave the way in our hearts to be a light unto Him!
“For I desire and delight in dutiful steadfast love and goodness, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of and acquaintance with God more than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6 ->me: Today I was reading Matthew 12:1-7 where Jesus and His disciples were walking through the fields of grain and the disciples started picking the grain off the top of the shoots and eating it. The Pharisees immediately condemned them, pointing their fingers at them and accusing Jesus for allowing them to break the Sabbatical Law. Jesus never disputes that their law was broken, yet He talks about the real focus of what the law existed to do -> to set apart the Jews as a people unto God. Then He brings down the real reason the picking of the grain is not important…it is because dedication to the Lord Himself is God’s desire. Jesus is essentially saying, “I am here before you and my desire and delight is in your dutiful steadfast love and goodness…not the sacrifice of giving up food to hunger. Choosing Me and learning more about Me is better than your burnt offerings…I AM HERE!” Verses 6 and 7 says – “Something greater and more exalted and more majestic than the temple is here! And if you had only known what this saying means, I desire mercy [readiness to help, to spare, to forgive] rather than sacrifice and sacrificial victims!”. This is so awesome. Jesus is IN me and I am IN Him. As a believer and washed by His blood there is no longer a need for ceremonial cleanliness or burnt offerings; I have the cleansing of Jesus’ blood which is eternal. I love my BIBLE!! Thank you God for giving us, who live during this time, the full word of God to know you better.