Day 3 - Garbage Dump, Blind Center, and Cookout

Part of the crowd gathered at the dump

Part of the crowd gathered at the dump

Today was a day full of ministry opportunities. Starting last night our group did a round of Village ministry we went out to the local neighborhood with Adalberto to spread the word of God. During last nights ministry Carrie and LeeAnn were called to share their testimony with the crowd. It is wonderful to be a place where God is calling us to share our story with complete strangers in order to speak to them. After each testimony, each person was met with hugs, applause, and some tears. Today was a continuation of Gods calling.

Starting with the dump ministry (sharing the gospel to the workers who work and live at the city dump) Pastor Dave gave a very uplifting message to the crowd that gathered around our van. We then handed out bags of beans and candy to the adults and children. When we handed out all we could we then drove to the Blind Center which created another opportunity for one of our missionaries to share their testimony. Jenna did an amazing job sharing her personal story with God and showing how the light shines through her to the blind men and women at the center. God is continuing to bless us with situations to Meet, Grow, Serve, and Share.

At the end of the day we got the unique opportunity to provide food for the boys at the Oasis Boys Home. Leslie and Hannah spent most of the afternoon preparing food for hobo dinners (dinner that can be cooked in aluminum foil over a bed of charcoal) to serve to everyone. Our group spent the evening playing soccer, sharing stories, laughing, and eating in fellowship with everyone at Oasis. What a great Friday night.

A Word From Jenna (1st trip to Mexico):

This is my first mission trip to San Luis, Mexico, and day 3 at Oasis. This morning we visited the dump and shared the word of God with the people there. It was a little heartbreaking to see the houses that people had to make to live there, along with the people who take items and try and sell them for money. After the dump went to the blind center and shared the word of God with the people there. I shared my testimony. It was my first time sharing my testimony with anyone outside of the group and it felt great. I had a feeling that it was my time to share with the people of San Luis so that’s what I did. At first I was nervous to speak in front of the people but it felt really great after. The blind make these amazing crafts consisting of headbands, keychains, and bracelets and it is amazing to see what they can do and not being able to see what they are doing. They were so glad that we came to visit and we can’t wait to come back. On our way back to Oasis, we stopped to see how they made bricks. Here in San Luis, they make their own bricks by manure, sand, dirt, and water. They work all day to make them for people to buy and build their houses, it is very cool to see how they are made. LeeAnn and I got a chance to go to the work sight and fix up Guadalupe’s roof. It was a great experience and I would love to come back and do it again. Everyday is something new and something great. I can’t wait to come back in 2 years and share the word of God with more people. 

Boys playing soccer at Oasis

Boys playing soccer at Oasis

Making hobo dinners

Making hobo dinners