Day 4 - Mexico Mission

Greetings Everyone,

We are so grateful to each and every one of you for your prayers and blessings of cards that you have provided us to encourage us each day.  The puzzle pieces we received individually in the cards were assembled today as we opened the card with the final piece in it today. It is our mission theme, “and now these three remain. Faith, Hope & Love, but the greatest of these is Love. 

We have seen and heard about a lot of love from God’s people here in San Luis.  Our friend, Lorenzo shared his life story with Leslie and me as the three of us filled bags of beans for the people we were going to meet today at the dump.  He shared how God had saved his life and lead him to this ministry.  His story touched my heart so deeply as I would have never guessed what struggles he had faced in his life.  I met him for the first time on Tuesday when we arrived.  From the very beginning, you could sense the love this man has for our God.  He seemed to be very verse in the word of God.  He openly shares scripture with every conversation.  His love for the boys at the home, the people in the community and for every individual he meets is a perfect example of what God has called each and every one of us to do.  Love your neighbor.  It is through his unconditional love for everyone that you can sense God working through him.  His joy of the Lord is shown through his calm spirit.  He truly speaks to me with his knowledge of God’s word.

Yesterday afternoon we went over the Oasis family room to spend time with the boys making suncatchers out of glass.  The boys really enjoyed the opportunity to make a personal creation for their window.  It was a good time of fellowship with the boys as we assisted them and encouraged them with the project.  After we finished the crafts, the boys were shouting out with excitement as they played a couple of games UNO, (a card game). We know that both the boys and our group was truly blessed by being able to spend the afternoon with the boys.

After a wonderful dinner prepared by Isabella, we traveled to the immigration shelter with Adalberto and pastor, Francisco.  We served a pizza dinner to people that are homeless because they were either deported back to Mexico or had sold everything to take a chance to be able to cross the border, but unfortunately, they were denied and sent back.  The caretaker of the shelter shared his testimony with us. His name is Luis.  He has had his own personal struggles with moving to U.S.A. to begin a new life and raise a family.  He lost his wife and then the governments of both Mexico and U.S.A. did something unbelievable.  They took his children away, (born in U.S.A.), and deported him back to Mexico.  The heartbreaking story of a father’s love for his children touch each of our hearts.  He has tried to reenter the U.S.A. 57 times without success.  His children are not permitted to come to Mexico until they are 18 years old.  The love of a father for his children has no boundaries.  It’s unconditional love like our heavenly Father’s love for us.  He now spends his days and nights at the shelter helping other individuals that have had the same struggles that he experienced.  His love for his neighbors is a perfect example of what all of God’s children are called to do.  Love unconditionally.  Love without judgement.  Love as Jesus Christ had commended us to do, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

May God bless you today with the comfort & peaceful feeling of a Father’s Love.

Joyce

Doing ministry at the dump

Doing ministry at the dump

Making Sun-Catchers at Oasis

Making Sun-Catchers at Oasis

Speaking with Luis at the Immigrant House

Speaking with Luis at the Immigrant House

Beans, water, and other blessings

Beans, water, and other blessings

Finishing a roof at Pedro's

Finishing a roof at Pedro's