Wednesday March 27, 2019 Hola Todos (Hello Everybody),
Today is our last full day here in Progreso Mexico. Every morning we are greeted by God’s beautiful view of the ocean and a warm welcoming breeze.
Martin lead us in devotion about God’s trust. Trusting God in all aspects in our lives, allows God to do more in our lives. Then we had breakfast that was prepared and served to us by some wonderful ladies. (Food has been amazing). After breakfast we did some cleaning around here at the base. Everyone worked up a sweat and then jumped in the pool for some cool off time.
In the afternoon we went to the Hope Center in Flamboyanes where we were greeted by a well-mannered group of children. It was one of the nicest facilities that we been to. The children were happy to see us and were excited to get into the activities that we brought. They introduced themselves in English and our team did it in Spanish. Having the leader of Hope Center speak good English, made it easier for us. We played floor hockey and basketball. Everyone was engaging well. Following game time, we did our program, starting off with our choreographed songs, It was great to see that the children were open to joining us. Next was Mexican Idol (the puppet show) Our Puppets were a monkey named Corazon (heart), a bear named Alma (soul) , an owl named Mente (mind) and a lion named Voluntad (strength). Our puppet show tied in with the verse Mark 12:30 that another group taught the kids in Spanish, with actions. To finish off, a group from our team did a powerful Drime with Jesus taking our sins to the cross and giving us salvation. We ended our time with The Bracelet Story. I was touched to hear the kids recite the verses off by memory. It was amazing to see God in these kids and that they are growing in His Word. We said our goodbyes and received hugs from most the children.
We went back to the base for siesta and dinner. After Dinner, we went out to do our program one last time in Hunucma. This is one of the poorest pueblos (villages) that I have ever seen. Their homes were made of layered rock foundations, dirt floors, and roofs of what looked like dried palm tree leaves/branches. My heart just ached. We got to our venue and started unloading the trailer of the stuff we needed to do our program. Some of us were setting up, some were engaging with kids by playing games, and some went out with Pastor Ricardo to homes in the pueblo (village) to personally invite the children, along with parents, to come to the program. The seats were slowly filling up. As we started our program, you could see and feel that the Holy Spirit was on the move. Not only were the children joining us in the song, but so were the adults. One of C-Quest’s partners did their drama of the crucifixion of Christ. Our Drime followed with the best performance ever. Pastor Ricardo wrapped up our program and invited people up for prayer. During this time the Holy Spirit lead many of the people there to Christ. Seeing all the people get up to receive Jesus was insanely powerful. Our God is AWESOME!! Our plan was to do the bracelet story with the children, but felt that the night was best left with the Holy Spirit at work.
This has been the best experience of my life, serving alongside C-Quest and their partners. They are doing amazing work in bringing God’s hope and love through Christ to the hearts of the people in the Yucatan. I was personally touched by Miguel's family and church, to witness how giving and willingly they are open to reach out to people, with prayer support and serving any way they can.
A huge shout-out to Joanne! I can only imagine how challenging it was to leave your husband on the mend at home, to come lead a group of twenty first-time missionaries, solo. You rocked it like a champ even in the hiccups. I am so encouraged by your strength, courage, passion, and love as you serve the people in Yucatan. ( I wanna be just like you when I grow up haha:)))
I am forever grateful to have met Joanne and the Partners of C-Quest. I can’t wait to see what God has in-store for my next mission experience. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own; Listen to God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5,6 (msg)