Mexico Update 3
DAY THREE AND FOUR – June 28-29.
Yesterday during our Vacation Bible School activity, we created a traveling photo booth and took over 100 pictures of the local children and their parents. They were so excited today when we helped them to make and decorate their own personal picture frames: “Jesus ama a Pedro “– this was the most challenging activity of the week, as we had to match every photo up with each child, then learn to spell their name for the frame. This photo may be the first photo they’ve ever seen of themselves. This became the most popular activity of the week.
At the work site, six sets of goggles, two wheel barrels, two pick axes, four shovels, several iron chisels, 20-foot wire forms and rebar, a couple lizards and some large beetles were the props used on our 3300 square foot “stage” lit by a very hot sun and virtually no shade. Nevertheless, our new friend, Eunico, directed Wong-Hughes-Schuman and our students as they dug ditches, mixed and poured concrete to finish the foundation walls ahead of schedule.
Down at the VBS site, in addition to the photo activity, games and fun abounded as more songs were sung about Jesus’ love and the final drama unfolded, with Adam and Eve becoming separated from God and Jesus coming to save all mankind from sin.
Today was our fourth and final day to spend with our new friends near Mario’s church in Progresso. We took more pictures of all the children and parents we were able to minister to and as we packed up to head for the work zone, many of us felt a little sense of loss and sadness as several of our students made some significant connections and bonded with these ninos since we arrived on Tuesday.
Some fun “facts and firsts”:
- Every day the ninos rapidly consumed all of the food that we made for them.
- Mrs. Harper made the largest batch of guacamole she’s ever made with limited resources – and it turned out great!
- Mr. Andrews drove his first bus-load of students through the cobble-stone streets of PVR where stop signs and signals are rare and compliance is optional – and everyone made it safely back to the hotel!
- Some students saw their first palm tree, peeled and ate their first mango, swam in the ocean, rode their first plane-ride and tasted ceviche for the very first time on this trip.
Tomorrow we walk down to the community center for a worship service and we will do some shopping and a little beach time afterwards. Then, on Sunday evening , we have all been invited to 15-year-old Lilly’s “Quincienera” which will definitely be a cultural first for everyone.
Please continue to pray for safety and praise God with us that the rain here has held off at the optimal times, allowing us to work and play as planned with little adjustments to our agenda. Continue to pray that we will be able to continue doing the work that God has in store for us these final two days here in PVR.