Day #8 again, by Cami. This morning for devotions, the little girls from the Children’s Home presented the story of Christ’s resurrection and the good samaritan. Impressively, the girls, ages 6-11, prepared the whole shpiel by themselves! It was refreshing to hear little kiddos reminding us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to see them be bold and step up to the challenge of sharing in front of a grand audience. If they can, I can too, right? We are privileged to share for devo time tomorrow morning, but for today, lots of painting to do!
Almost 15 gallons of paint later, we are so close to finishing the little boys house! One and a half walls need one or two more coats, but we ran out of the beige colored paint. Hopefully they will be able to buy more before we leave, so we can complete the entire job. Every once and a while, the sneaky young boys would come inspect our work and reach out their curious hands mere centimeters from the freshly painted wall. Then they’d look up at you with these mischievous twinkling eyes. After this, we’d tell them, “No no!” and they’d scramble off giggling.
We went around the room today in our evening devotionals and said nice things and encouraged one another. It was a wonderful experience and one we found put us in an attitude of uplifting others constantly. It might be awkward at first, but try it! It’s amazing!
Cami: Pun happy girl, always smiling and has a good sense of humor and very joyful. She is a Polyanna. A young person who loves the Lord and is not afraid to share the Lord with people around her. “Cami lights up my world” – Holly
Marta: She always thinks of other people before herself. She goes around loving on kids whether or not they want love. Boy may act macho, but deep down they want love just as much as the little girls too. Marta was a little boys and girls magnet!
Amyia: She’s always going and wanting to play with the kids and enjoying ppl and wanting ppl to be her besties. She is so good at building relationships with group members and children from Mexico. She is even tough enough to play hard with the boys!
Brooke: Is the little Amiya magnet. She never minds it when kiddos come up and play around and bug her. She always has a smile. She answered ALL of Amiya’s questions! Whenever she was painting, if a boy came and messed up her work, she still smiled. She REALLY cares about kids!
Crystal – Willing to take on the doors and paint anything ALL week long. No complaining, steady hand, very consciences. VERY hard worker! LOVES children and brings smiles to so many children’s faces. She has been very open and courageous to come on a trip with a new church and new people and getting to know so many new people.
Jeanne: Bible talks about the beauty from a quiet and gentle spirit. You have a gentle smile and warm spirit and peaceful and helpful and loving and a warmth you give out. No matter how mom’s feeling, even when sick, she is always trying to serve ppl. She cleaned the bathroom even with a fever and stomach flu. Beth has always looked at your kids and said, “I want my kids to look like yours. You’ve done a lot right.”
Vaughn: Did good on the way he raised his kids. Whenever he threw hammers he never threw them too hard :) haha (from Christopher). Getting to know you, you have a sense of humor and I loved working with you – Joe. Father wanting the best for his kids – always wanting something to be right, to make things the way they should be. And great spiritual discernment. Joking one moment to saying let’s pray for someone another moment. Good mix of humor and spiritual humor.
Holly: Oh the things we could say about Holly. She is always taking care of others, very aware of if ppl need a back rub, water, tea. Servant’s heart, serves with a smile. Helped out with the fundraising even when she didn’t get to go on the trip to Oaxaca. She will give it ALL away! Quick to pray. She walk s the walk.
Kaitlyn: One of a few American people invited back to an American prison. Beautiful voice – a gift from the Lord. Courageous! The only one of her whole family to come on the trip. Marta thought she was a quiet and shy person, but she’s really not, she is outgoing and has a beautiful voice from the Lord.
Christopher: What do you think Christopher was doing on the playground. He was sitting cross legged on the grounf scooping graving into his shirt. He looked like a pregnant woman waddling. He has such a playfulness and fun personality about himself. On the job sight, the man side of you came out. Measuring, lifting, gophering (going to get things). Boy Christopher and man Christopher is meshing. So mature, but yet playful. At ease with the kids. He doesn’t know the language, but it doesn’t stop him. He’s a brother to everyone.
Emma: Emma has a complete servant’s heart. Jeanne didn’t feel good, but Emma brought in a cool wash cloth and then flip it to be cooler and then go change it. Emma rubbed Jeanne’s feet, got lotion and rubbed her feet again. Emma is gentle and thoughtful. ALL the kids loved her and knew Emma’s name. Even though Emma knew no Spanish, ALL the kids flocked to her.
Beth: Marta has always looked up to her, leadership, strong, but gentle. Look at Emma, Zeek and Zoe and see how amazing Beth is. Has always been like a mom to Amiya, never yelled but is always nice about everything. Beth feels like she always sticks her foot in her mouth, but Cami hasn’t noticed her stick her foot in her mouth this whole trip. Beth says, “I always put my fist in my mouth,” but it isn’t true Beth. We love what you have to say.
Joe: Cam loves the Joe jokes. When Vaughn worked with Joe, he is so easy to get along with. Joe puts up with jokes. Lets offense and flying hammers roll off his back. Joe is really patient and giving. Kaitlyn used his belt and Bible. Vaughn used his pants.
Hello everyone! Thank you thank you thank you for ALL your prayers!!! I cannot even tell you what a blessing this trip has been in my life! My heart is so filled with love here. My heart is so torn between my home in America and my home here in Oaxaca, Mexico. I pray that the Lord continues to grow my love for this place and for all of you too. God is so good to stretch his love out across all the continents. Thank You Jesus for Your good love. Lord we are sooooo full in You, thank you <3 God we pray for a safe trip here and we pray for a safe travel back home. Lord surround us in Your hand of safety and give our pilot’s wisdom and let us have smooth travels with no delays and to make every connecting flight. Lord thank You, thank You, thank You for such a beautiful trip. Lord thank You for a week to slow down and seek You and serve You and just FOCUS on YOU :) Lord please open many more opportunities like this one in my life and send me where You call. Whether that call be here in the United States, or across the miles in Oaxaca, or in some rural unknown boat in the middle of the ocean; “where You go I’ll go, where You stay I’ll stay, I will follow You!” Let me tell you, it is a beautiful thing when 3 young girls sing, ““where You go I’ll go, where You stay I’ll stay, I will follow You!” while they get their long satin hair brushed into soft thin waves of silk. God is so good to us, thank You God for those little sweet moments. Help us to stop and smell the roses, pause and see the sunrise, and sit to watch the sunset. Thank You Jesus, thank You, thank You. Thank You for Your blessings, You give and take away Lord, thank You, thank You, thank You. I could say it all night Lord, but may my life be a living sacrifice of me saying, “thank You Jesus!” all the days of my life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ODe4sGCKxc