It has been almost 2 weeks since my last post. Although some of the days that first week (week before going to Mexico) I had some time to be in God’s Word, I did not have time to write a post up on it. Then the week in Mexico with the Middle School Ministry (74 of us), I was quickly running from reading God’s Word to facilitating ministry. It is good to be back here at home…in fact Marianne said I feel asleep in mid-sentence last night….Ha!
On of the things we did was a “Put On” and “Take Off” exercise in which we prayed about and left something in Mexico that the Lord was convicting us of and then commit to something we were going to “Put On” as we come back home. The way we symbolized this was to write our “Take Off” item on a piece of wood and throw it into the fire and then we took the thing we were going to “Put On” and wrote it on a jar of dirt taken from the House Build site. Mine are below.
TAKE OFF -> Earthly Mindset
The mindset that spends time on the here and now versus investing in the building of God’s Kingdom.
PUT ON -> Eternity Focus
Turning my focus to the things that matter in the hope of eternity and the actions, thoughts, and intentions that contribute to God’s will and purposed for me in the context of Eternity.
There is more to come today but just wanted to get back into the swing of sharing each day.
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
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!