This month, a new team of college students from the University of Texas came down to work with us, and a team from Charlotte, NC, who had already been once this year, came back for another week! What stood out the most during this month were the relationships that were formed and renewed here in Mexico. Whether it was laying blocks together, planting new seeds in the garden, or singing “Unidos, Unidos” side by side, the significance of these relationships was clear. As we always say, building a house is an excellent excuse for us to be in community with one another. The most important thing that teams bring is the opportunity to live life together, if only for a week, and to share the love they have for Christ and for their friends here in Mexico.
If you or someone you know is looking for a unique and special missions opportunity, let us know! Our schedule for 2017 is filling up quick, so if you or someone you know is interested in bringing a team and forming those unforgettable relationships, get in touch! Check out our mission work group schedule to find a week that works for your team, and email Colleen for more information or to reserve your team’s week!
Vacation Bible School
For a lot of kids, summertime at church means Vacation Bible School, and here in Mexico, it’s no different! Last week, our church in Miguel Alemán held VBS for around 60 kids. They made crafts, played games and learned that they were each uniquely created by God; the theme was “Hecho a Mano,” or “Handmade,” from Ephesians 2:10. This week, our church in Naranjito is hosting VBS for about 25 kids with a theme of “Linaje Real,” or “Royal Lineage,” from 1 Peter 2:9. Next week, a mission work group visiting us from North Carolina will be hosting a VBS for the kids in the community, and the following week, our church in Reynosa will be holding another one. The kids in our community are blessed by the youth and adults who care deeply about them and make these events possible!
A House for a Family in Need
The Cerda Estrada family is in desperate need of a home in Miguel Alemán. This family of seven – José Guadalupe and his wife Maria de Jesús, their son José, their daughter Anayeli and son-in-law Alan, and their two grandchildren, Valeria and Bayron – have been waiting years for a home, and you can help make it possible! Help us build them a home by contributing to our 40 Casa Challenge today. You can give online at faithministry.org/give or send a check to PO Box 756, McAllen, TX 78505 (be sure to include “40 Casa Challenge” in the memo). Click here to learn more about our goal of building 40 houses this year and how you can help!
Indianapolis, Here We Come!
n just a couple weeks, David and Colleen will be heading to Indianapolis to visit with several of our partner churches there, as well as meet new friends who want to learn more about what we do here on the border. If you live in the area, come see us! And if you don’t, follow along on Facebook and Instagram!
- Sunday, August 14 (8, 9:30 & 11am services): Southport Presbyterian Church
- Wednesday, August 17 (6pm): Old Bethel United Methodist Church
- Friday, August 19 (6:30pm): Trinity Lutheran Church
- Sunday, August 21 (10am service): Irvington Presbyterian Church
We believe in the power of prayer, so please join us in praying for:
- Benigno, or Benny, one of our foremen in Miguel Alemán, who is dealing with health issues and whose wife is currently battling health problems as well. Pray for guidance, peace and patience for Benny and his wife and their family.
- Ezequiel, one of our foremen in Reynosa, who recently had surgery on his second eye. Continue praying for his healing and overall health, as he recovers from this second operation.
- Javier, one of our interns from the Berea Bible School in Monterrey who has been helping us in Miguel Alemán, is graduating this week. We are so thankful for the help and support that he and Francisco, our other intern, have provided. Pray for Javier as he celebrates this achievement and embarks on a new journey.
- Many colonias in Reynosa have been without water for a significant amount of time this summer, a situation made even worse by the intense heat here in Mexico. Pray for the safety of the families here as the hot summer weather continues.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”