Friday, July 24, 2009

Finishing Strong

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 2 Timothy 4:7 Those were Paul's words to Timothy as he knew his time on earth was coming to an end. Our time in Maneadero is fast coming to an end at another chapter will close in the adventures of our family. It was almost a year ago when we first began exploring the possibility of coming to serve here and it has been an amazing life experience for all of us. It certainly has instilled in our family a sense of mission and a realization of how little so much of the rest of the world lives on. It is also has been an amazing journey of hearing God's voice for us as a family too from early on when God confirmed through Scripture to Brynley that we should go. She posted this note for us as we came home after being out for the night in early January.

Mom & Dad,

I was reading my Bible. I had randomly opened it to this verse, Proverbs 14:21. It said, blessed are those who help the poor. I don’t know if that means we will be blessed if we go to Mexico and help the poor so I needed your opinion.

- Brynley

Well as it turns out, she didn’t need our opinion. As Addi relayed the story to us, she shared how Bryn was so excited about this verse, she was running around the house. For us it was so encouraging because Brynley is the one that we are most concerned about. She has a severe peanut allergy and we know that she would be at the greatest risk. For God to show Brynley that verse was an encouragement and confirmation to us.

Then God gave me Psalm 91 during the height of the swine flu scare and also on the same day gave that same chapter to Sami, one of Rick's assistants here in Mexico on the same day.

So, while we have been sick and had injuries at different times, nothing has knocked us off the course of completing our mission here.

Today we had the opportunity to bless the pastors as Sharon had set aside shirts for them from our 'superstore haul' We also gave out the soccer balls, two for each of the five churches here. Raffa is running a large combined youth outreach event on the 31st and we had a bunch of cool 'Canada' gifts as well as prizes for him to give out. The last of our Dollarama finds went to Tammi for prizes when they have a party at the end of the summer for all the children involved in the afternoon VBS events at the churches.

As for progress on the church, we got off to an early start this morning as the Princeton crew has been feeling the heat of completing thier projects. Remember there are four other teams building houses in Jamin's community. Rick and I got on the site around 7:45am and worked another hard day. I'm glad to report that with one day left we have all the trusses up, the roof sheeted, most of the drywall up as well.

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