There are exciting things happening in Progreso, Mexico and Weslaco, Texas. Here’s an update from Monday and yesterday. Enjoy!
Chronicled by Katy Isaacs, Lauren Testerman and Sherrie Matthews):
It was an early morning and a bright day here in Weslaco, Texas!
Ken was working very hard, along with Weston, who was behind him on the roof.
Jason Church and Pastor Hector led four men to Jesus on the construction site!
The ladies worked so hard smoothing the walls.
The lightning fast men on the roof and well…it is finished!!
So it is official! The “roof has been raised!”
Now work is being done on the el bano (the restroom).
Vacation Bible School in Texas with Kim Parsons and Renee Bryan leading. Below is more teaching.
Paula Farm, Pam Brown and Ms. Frances doing crafts with the kids.
This morning (Monday morning) the guys and a few ladies headed over the Mexico border in the dark morning to begin the task of pouring the roof. They found a quick rhythm and had the whole process running like a well-oiled machine! The ladies worked to smooth the walls of the church for stuccoing later this week. We played volleyball with the kids and there was a wonderful Women’s Bible Study with the Mexican ladies, who also prepared us a huge and wonderful lunch! It was also a blessing to see Jason Church leading four of the Mexican construction workers to the Lord!
Tired and dirty, we made it back to the mission house and a few hours later a lot of us went to the housing project where the children bounded up to us! They hugged our necks and were overjoyed to see us. After lessons, music and snacks, several of the teenage girls and other children talked with some of the ladies on our team. Some really were beginning to show an interest in salvation. We look forward to talking more with them. It has been a gloriously cool and breezy day, despite the forecast. God’s mercies are everywhere around us. We are humbled by His love and though we came to show love; like always, they are showing us more than we can hold. It was day 3 and it was good.
Pastor Oscar and his wife Miriam and their two boys: Oscarito and Eli.
The “water bucket group” on the roof! Check out those muscles!
The “temple worker group!” Tell me those ladies can’t handle a hammer and trowel!
Paula Farmer after her surprise drenching, compliments of Emily, her daughter. Watch out Emily! Paula’s my cousin and I know she’ll get you when you least expect it!
The men who are working on the bathroom building. Ken Bryan (kneeling…who is leading our group) had some of the guys pour bottles of water over his head so he would look like he had been working harder. Yep…that’s Ken!
The wonderful, authentic tacos made for the team by the ladies of Oscar’s church. Talk about showing hospitality!
Monica Dowell presented some of the young children with new flip-flops. They loved them.
See below…teaching the children is Paula Farmer.
Now get this! That’s Geoff Farmer her husband and their daughter Emily (squatting and in red) and in the yellow shirt is Geoff’s mom, Francis! Don’t you just love missions when it’s a family affair? Why is it that we do “youth” mission trips separate from the adults? I’ll never understand that. Why not do “family” mission trips? The body of Christ is a family. Why do we continue to separate the family?
Here’s Pam and Tom Lambey leading a lady, named Mary Anna to Jesus.
Here’s Josh Isaacs (my son-in-law, in blue) and Thomas Pinkerton (black shorts and brown shirt) leading a boy named Ryan to Jesus.
There’s the fearless leader, Ken Bryan!
My daughter Katy wrote these words:
“I sat in the church today in Mexico and what I heard was glorious. It was the sound of building a church; it was the cool breeze carrying the cheerful sound of children playing; it was the mixture of Spanish and English creating a joyful hum of voices; the aroma of Mexican food cooking. It was life. It was love. It was almost heaven.”
Monday was wonderful and very productive. Katy said: “The team worked with full abandon this morning. There were so many things going on. The ladies scraped and cleaned the new church floor. The men worked on stuccoing. Pam taught the Women’s Bible Study again. Toni Bryan, Paula Farmer, Kim Parsons, and Monica Dowell taught the children. We marveled at the cool, breezy weather. Monday evening we went to do Bible School in Weslaco. It went very, very well and there was a large group of nearly 60 kids. Two girls, a boy and a young lady (a few of which were in the pictures above), made a profession of faith in Jesus as their Savior! There was a feeling of pure joy as we loaded up and watched the children head home with there new Bibles with smiles on their faces. A total of 13 souls have been saved the past few days. What an amazing time we have had. We look forward to all God will continue to do. Please keep us in your prayers!”
Well…that’s it for now! My heart is full!