S: Mexico Trip 2011
FC: Mexico Trip
1: The Team | The team was made up of Malcolm (the philosopher and poet), Sam (my big brother, and always smiling), Caleb (the sarcastic one), Derek (the other sarcastic one), Nuri (from South Korea and new to Christianity), Lydia (the musical Seminary student), Sheela (my dormmate and good friend), Elise (the soccer player who loves Latin America), and Jana (the blunt sweetheart). We were led by Jeff and Nikki, who brought along Calli and Erica.
2: Getting There From a early morning in -40 to a lovely afternoon playing Dutch Blitz at the hotel in Phoenix, and an outdoor swim in February.! The drive to San Carlos was the next day. It was a chance to get to know each other, and see some sights too!
3: Casa de Esperanza | Casa de Esperanza was our home base in Mexico. It was a great place to recharge and prepare for the work we did. The views were beautiful, as was the garden. And there was a kitty!
4: The Oasis | After Church on Sunday, Devon took us on a hike to the Oasis. The Oasis got hit by a hurricane a few years before, so there wasn't any actual water. It was still beautiful, and a challenging climb. Awesome experience!
5: Settling In/Work | Hanging with Erica, one of many praise and worship sessions, planning an English class, and laying cement at a local pastor's house.
6: First Kids' Club | Balloon animals, face painting, stories, soccer, and a movie. It was all about connecting with kids and my first experience of these kids' crazy love. I couldn't understand them, but they captured my heart!
7: Wednesday's devotions were at the top of a hill, by a cross. The view was incredible, and pointed the focus back to the God we were in Mexico to serve. | Morning Devos
8: Giant crab! | La Manga | Sting ray! | These kids were so great! | . | We passed out food hampers and prayed with people. The main prayer request was a man with a tumour.
9: Kids' Club in Empalme | Hanging with kids, a Church service, and hot dogs!! | Empalme was where I met the kids that touched my heart the most. Grabbed my hand, and never let go. Longest eye lashes I've ever seen! The little boy, Cesar, borrowed my camera. And accidentally deleted my pics.
10: Teaching English | We did charades (I like to..), played Rainbow, and taught shapes (Sam's head is an oval!) in Gr. 5.
11: Soup Kitchen | We joined in on their worship (I got to "lead" the Mustard seed song) and served food. | Youth Group | We went to Juan Carlos's Church, played games, and had prayer group after Malcolm's talk on the prodigal son.
12: El Choyudo | After Church we made the 2 hour drive for another kids' club. Tons of beautiful little girls, and beautiful scenery too! And Caleb and I "adopted" a puppy!
13: We climbed the Teta Kawi then spent the afternoon at the beach. Amazing views! | Day Off
14: Final Few Days | Work included a kids' club at a remote fishing village, and sealing cement at a Church. Nuri had a birthday party. Our team had our last day teaching English at the Jr. High. A few higlights: JB's "Baby, Baby", Caleb-obsession, Charades, "Will you marry me?" and more!
16: We spent the last afternoon at a pool near the ocean, and that night went out for steak!
18: Heading Home/Grand Canyon
20: Obviously I had an incredible time on this trip. It was a growing experience, and something that has changed me in ways that I'm still becoming aware of. Highlights for me were our English classes, and of course, all of the kids' clubs. I was completely humbled by how often people seemed to be reaching out to us when we were supposed to be reaching out to them. I gained a new appreciation for people learning English, since I'm sure I sounded like a four-year old. I was reminded (again) of the importance of trusting God to be in control. Possibly the thing that had the most impact on me was the day I found out about Stacey's Grandpa passing away. The news was quickly followed by Alex's story. By the end of it I was an emotional wreck, and I felt like I was running on empty that day. God gave me enough strength to handle the kids, but that seemed to be it. However, in the time not with kids Alex took care of me. It was humbling, especially after hearing his story, but I had no choice byt to accept. I'm so thankful that I got to have this experience.