Monday, October 22, 2012

Packing again

As we are 4 days away from our last vision trip we are excited and nervous! Nervous because we know that after this, we have to determine God's will for our life in Mexico and that is HUGE!!! Never did I imagine the stress of making sure we are hearing from God clearly and how this will FOREVER change our lives. We are looking forward to our time at Rancho Sordo Mudo (it's a school for the deaf) and seeing yet another new place in Mexico that we have never seen.
We never once imagined this journey to be such a lonely one and a feeling of disconnect. But it is, and at times a hard pill to swallow. But we know that there is purpose in that pain and lessons to be learned, I pray for us to learn those lesson quickly!

We covet your prayers as we travel again - this time crossing the border by car (we have never done this). And a clarity for us to discern the will of God for our family. We are still approximately $600-$700 short for this trip, but we are trusting God for the provision before the credit card bill comes due to pay for the tickets. He is a big God and will provide.

I am not sure of the internet access while there, but I will update if at all possible. Sometimes it is easier to update our page on Facebook than to get logged into the blog and update. So watch in both areas. Thank you again for your love, prayers and support. We are eternally grateful! Thanks for keeping up with us on this journey, we love you!!!

Mike eating grasshoppers in Mexico on our last trip! 

 Ashtyn playing ball with the kids on the street in Mexico City

 Me loving on Angel & Leslie in the community center in Mexico City. 

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

1 down and 1 to go!

So we just returned from our first vision trip where we visited 3 different teams and saw their ministries first hand, got to hang out and get to know them and experience their cities. We had a fantastic time with each team. We were impressed with them all and found lasting friendships with them too. What great people we have out there serving the Lord with ALL they have. Some have been there as long as 33 years, have raised and are raising their kids there and all have a passion to disciple, love and increase the kingdom in Mexico! We were so encouraged by their stories and testimonies. I have posted some collage pictures from each place to try and give you just a small glimpse of some sites and ministry we experienced. I posted more pics of things we saw in Apizaco because my first blog post from our trip showed and talked about the ministry there.

 Our First stop was in Apizaco 

 Then we were off to the mountains making stops in Ixtepec and Cuetzalan

We finished up in Mexico City

We are asking for everyone to join us in continuing to pray for clarity as we get ready to make our last trip to Baja California Mexico to visit the last team. We will be at Rancho Sordomudo - it is a school for deaf children. There is actually a documentary about how the school got started, I have attached the preview below for you to watch. Thank you so much for keeping up with us, praying for us and supporting us. We are so appreciative of it all. We look forward to sharing our experiences and stories with you individually when we get finished with this last trip. Thanks again!!!


Monday, October 1, 2012

It is real now!!

This is the church we attended yesterday - Living Water. We really enjoyed it so much. They eat together after church each week, they have some ladies that cook and bring stuff each week. They sell it and all the proceeds go to missions. This small little church supports 4 missionaries in India, Turkey and Israel. They were a blessing. Sorry if I mess up on this post, the computer I am using is all in Spanish so it is a bit of a challenge - but hey, I love a challenge.
Inside the church

cooking and getting ready to serve lunch

Outside courtyard where we ate and fellowshipped.

View walking dow the street to check on Ashtyn at the birthday party

This is the small group we met with and they asked us questions and we shared our testimonies and mission journey with them. Almost every single one of these people know God is calling them to another nation. Some of them are Israel, Africa, India, and Asia. They said after hearing our stroy, they see how God calls some into Mexico and some out of Mexico!!

Then we ate Domino's

And Dulce painted Ashtyn's finger nails - wow she is really good! 

We will be meeting with one of the teams to talk today and then do some exploring around town to see what they have and see some things. We will be with this team until tomorrow morning and then we will go with the other team and head to the mountains. So it may be a few days before I can update, not sure of the internet service or anything there. We are enjoying ourselves so much and getting to know everyone here is a blessng. Thanks for keeping up with us, continue to pray for us each day. And I will update as soon as I can.