Our group is packed up and heading home to Pittsburgh. We should be in Pittsburgh by 5pm local time. Leaving Mexico is always a hard time, instead of saying goodbye our group chose to say 'see you later' because we all plan to return. After driving to Phoenix, with a very quick and easy border crossing, a couple of our group went to camelback mountain to hike to the summit. Nick (Zack's friend from school who lives in Phoenix) guided us up the mountain has he has done on previous trips. The rest of the day was a time to debrief and relax before flying back to Pittsburgh. Please keep our group in your prayers as we travel home.
A word from Hannah (3rd trip to Mexico):
Being in San Luis for the third time I thought that I’d seen it all. I’ve seen the town, I’ve visited the shut-ins, and I’ve seen that people actually live in the city dump but every time I go back to San Luis it has a different impact on my life. Visiting the shut-ins in Mexico is a lot different than visiting the shut-ins from our church, their way of living compared to ours is like another world and they never complain about anything. I enjoyed getting to know the boys that were new to the boys home and seeing the familiar faces of the last trip. It always blows my mind that they are so willing to come up to you and welcome you and get to know you so well by the end of the week. Making friendships like that will always be my favorite part of going to San Luis.
My favorite part of this trip was hearing Pastor Francisco preach in Spanish and English at the same time. I’m always interested in what he has to say. Unfortunately I got sick on our last day in San Luis so I couldn’t go to lunch with the staff at Oasis and I couldn’t go to our last village ministry in the Indian Village, but I got to paint some of the walls of the high school that some of the boys attend. Climbing Camelback Mountain was another of my favorite things even though I had a sinus infection and it was hard for me to catch my breath. All that matters is that I made it to the top.