This is going to be a quick wrapup of last week's trip to south Mexico, with a few food pictures thrown in for good measure! In last week's blog entry, written on Thursday, Thanksgiving, I sent you Thanksgiving greetings with an update up until that point. We enjoyed a wonderful meal of some amazing tacos prepared by Pedro and Coqui's son, Oscar, who had owned and operated a taco stand for awhile when he was in college. He cooked some AMAZING "tacos de arrachera" and we also had an absolutely divine "tres leches" (three milks) cake that was so sweet and moist that my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Here are a few pics...
|L-R: Faith, Joy, Norma, Hope, Oscar|
On Friday we visited in a few homes and then got ready for the "Volunteers Service" that night where I shared some tips on ministering in teams, and then we had a "pot luck" or "convivencia" where everyone brings enough for them and a couple more and it's all shared. Here are a few pictures of the tables...
Did I mention we ate good? All week long!!!
On Saturday we had more fellowship with families, and Hope spent a good part of the day with one family in particular, giving me time to prepare my message for Sunday. That night she spoke to the youth and there were about 50-60 in attendance. She did an amazing job of sharing from John 15 about abiding in the Vine, the word abiding in you, and abiding in God's love. Several young people made commitments for the Lord. And then they all received a great surprise! Pedro had contracted a hot-dog vendor to come serve everyone hot-dogs, and we had ANOTHER fellowship time! Hope was right at home in the middle of the youth. They fell in love with her and she fell in love with them. I'm so proud of her and the calling of God on her life!
Saturday night she actually spent the night with Dr. Cesar's family and they've invited her to come back and spend part of next summer with them. She's praying about that!
Sunday morning we had another delicious breakfast with yet another family and then it was off to church for morning worship. All the volunteers gather at 10:00AM for prayer and praise and then at 10:30 dismiss for their service position and worship started at 11:00AM. I was able to give a live greeting to Christian Challenge at 10:30, before Nick Spurgeon preached on Passionately Pursuing Christ. He did a great job!
Back at Agua Viva we had another amazing worship service! I wish you could experience their worship - it is so moving and the people give themselves over complete to worship God! Here's just a little taste...
I couldn't have asked for a better travel and ministry partner than Hope. She is such a delight, so flexible, so positive and so accommodating! I'm grateful for the opportunity to get to spend some valuable daddy-daughter time and create some precious memories. God's got great things in store for that young lady!
|Pedro and Coqui Chulín, some of my favorite people in the whole world!|
|Empanadas, Garnachas and fried bananas!|
|A closeup of the Pellizcadas|
|Pork Birria - oh my!!!|
|Empanadas, Picadas and Fried Bananas!!!|
|Pedro and Coqui with a platter of Pellizcadas|
|Hope learning how to make Pellizcadas.|
|The finished product! (Note the pinched edges.)|
|The table is spread by Antonio & Family!|
|Huevos Motuleños, Huevos Mexicanos, Fried Bananas, |
Fresh-squeezed lemonade, Mountain-grown coffee,
Homemade salsa .... it can't get much better than this!