Monterrey, Mexico with Back2Back Day Two

Is it possible to have your heart completely full and completely wrecked at the same time? Because that would be a pretty accurate description of our day today. We were stretched and pulled, challenged and comforted. Our first day here was one that was full of many blessings, challenges and we cannot believe that we get to do it all again tomorrow.
Our day began with a presentation on belief systems. All of our experiences, both positive and negative impact the lens in which we view the world. With enough positivity, love and guidance, a child is equipped to love others, speak positive words of kindness and teach others to do the same. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a child who spends the majority of their life traumatized by abuse of words and deed will have an almost impossible time knowing how to love others and accept love. It was a sobering visualization that readied us for the critical work that would be done at the children’s home today.
An hour long bus ride took us through Monterrey and a very poverty stricken area. We pulled into the children’s home somber and ready to serve. We set our selves up with crafts, balls, board games, beads, chalk, crayons, and coloring books and watched the these beautiful children flock to these special treats. OH MY GOODNESS! They were beautiful little sponges just thirsty for any attention and love we could shower them with. Hours were spent playing soccer with the boys who just adored having a man to look up to. Baseballs were thrown, almost comically at times. Bead necklaces were created and shared between new friends. Connect Four, tic-tac-toe and Memory were played. Piggyback rides were given. We laughed. We smiled from eat-to-ear nonstop. IT WAS AMAZNG. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS INCREDIBLY LIFE GIVING. Our time together went by so quickly and before we knew it, it was time for our friends to go to school. We had the opportunity to ride along on the bus with them to school if we wished, and we bounced along the dirt road with them to school.
A highlight of the morning was the tour we got to take of the children’s home. We saw where they slept, ate, the new construction that has begun, and a special sensory room where the kids can go to decompress. But the highlight was the few minutes that we spend with a dueña and her children. She led them in a song, “Come Holy Spirit” and we were left breathless and utterly wrecked. We asked what we could do and she asked for prayers. We were blessed beyond words to lay our hands on sweet Nellie and lift her up in prayer. Tears flowed all around as we prayed for her strength in her important work of ministering to the least of these. We prayed for her love to be unceasing, her grace to be unending, and for God’s sweet mercy and love to strengthen her heart and her hands. These words just do not do the moment any sort of justice.
While the kiddos were at school, we got busy with paint and started to brighten up their space. The playground equipment got a much needed brightening of red, yellow, green, and blue. Just a little paint made the outside are so much happier looking. We started touching up the railings on the home and their newly constructed church. It was great getting our hands dirty for these children.
It was a beautiful first day on mission. God is working on us and through us and we are SO grateful. Our hearts are full and we are on fire for the Lord tonight. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.

Piggyback fun!

Piggyback fun!

Laying hands on Nellie

Laying hands on Nellie

Brightening up the playground!

Brightening up the playground!

Pure sweetness

Pure sweetness

New friends!

New friends!


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