Advancing While Stuck – Recap and Photos from Recent N Mex Church Planting Trip

chickens in mudDriving through the sloppy, wet, muddy “roads” of small villages in Northern Mexico is always an adventure…until you get stuck…again (I wasn’t driving this time so at least I was off the hook for the jokes). Our village consisted of lots of standing water and mud everywhere. Our time in the Suburban consisted of a delicate balance between sliding from one side of the road to the other while determining when to “floor it” through small lakes in our way. Ultimately we got stuck about 50 yards from the church building in Village CO so it could have been much worse.

RAINI love the rain when I can stay in the house all day and lounge around in my PJs (as much as you can lounge with 4 kids – 7 years old and under). However, when the rain ruins my plans I get VERY frustrated. Our team was supposed to arrive in Village CO early Monday afternoon and spend the rest of the day visiting with the believers around the village as well as trying to meet new people. However, we ended up spending all of Monday afternoon and evening in the church building – difficult for me to swallow. In the end we could see God’s grace in the whole matter as we got time to further bond as a team around God’s Word, praying together, and singing together.

After that we had a great few days. Our team was able to split up and spend time in two neighboring villages that we did ministry in last year. It was fun to reconnect with the children of the village through “escuelita de la Biblia” (little Bible school) as well as spend time with several families and individuals we have relationships with. We had a church gathering in Village CO on Tuesday night which we had people from multiple surrounding villages come to. I taught on Luke 12 and we had a rich time together. The night ended with a first birthday celebration for one of the children in the church.

Nora posing with the birthday boy and his mom, grandmother, and aunt.

Nora posing with the birthday boy and his mom, grandmother, and aunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord answered prayer as we saw Him deepen existing relationships and use our time to help encourage and strengthen the believers in our church plant in Village CO. Below are photos from the week. Check back in the next couple days as I will be posting about an exciting upcoming ministry opportunity.

The kids love the chihuahua puppies that are next door to the church building

The kids love the chihuahua puppies that are next door to the church building

Our team plus a believing woman from the village and our translator and his wife.

Our team plus a believing woman from the village and our translator and his wife.

Ruby and Ellie Nora and dog

Nopales (cactus) are a staple food in our village. They cut the thorns off and cook them. We have had them like this or chopped up and put into rice. They are not bad.

Nopales (cactus) are a staple food in our village. They cut the thorns off and cook them. We have had them like this or chopped up and put into rice. They are not bad.

muddy street2 Maria's house

The ladies of the team getting lunches ready for us as we prepare to go to some surrounding villages.

The ladies of the team getting lunches ready for us as we prepare to go to some surrounding villages.

The luxurious Holloway family accommodations for the week.

The luxurious Holloway family accommodations for the week.

Evangelism in the village leads to a stop at a tienda for Takis and ice cream

Evangelism in the village leads to a stop at a tienda for Takis and ice cream

Escuelita in EZ. Bryan is giving a good gospel presentation.

Escuelita in EZ. Bryan is giving a good gospel presentation.

Betsy and Kids in EZ

Going from house to house visiting with families in Village EZ. The kids enjoyed catching tadpoles in the puddles there.

Betsy and Ellie

Mr and Mrs E (believers) were delighted to meet Ellie.

Mr and Mrs E (believers) were delighted to meet Ellie.

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