Tuesday, August 5, 2008

More on the Mission Trip

These photos are from everyday happenings. We all stayed at the Iglesia Bautista Peniel church of Eagle Pass. It was about 2 miles from the Mexican border. Pastor Felipe is the pastor of the church and was so hospitable. He opened up the entire fellowship hall to us. And the accomodations were well above what I had expected. We had access to the kitchen, 4 showers (2 womens, 2 mens), the gym, and several rooms we made into our bedrooms. I felt like we were really pampered. I had envisioned no air conditioning, really roughing it. We had showers with hot water, really cold air, indoor sleeping arrangements, plenty of electricity...we were so well provided for.

We met several people both from our old church and the other two churches that were teamed up with this mission. We got to know several families that otherwise our paths may have never passed. Two of the women were particularly interested in adoption and of course, Hope and Love are two wonderful examples of how well that can work out.

We had a lot of fun being around our old friends and really began to get to know the new associate pastor and his family. They are a perfect fit for LTC. We were able to share our time at the orphanages with them and they are just the sweetest folks.

While the women of our church were attending the Backyard Bible Club the men had a basketball ministry with the local area guys. They had many show up and several hung out afterwards. We attempted a soccer ministry but it really didn't go over for the time slot we had available. We had a dinner prepared for us by the women of the church and it was really good and authentic.

We celebrated Hope's 4th Birthday with a pinata and cake and gifts...even from people who had just met her...it was really thoughtful and surprising.

On Thursday, Love's 2nd Birthday, the men finished the roof and we had a huge cookout and fellowship at the river an hour away in Del Rio. The water was clear and very cold. The kids loved it...I was not a huge fan but it was refreshing.

The girls birthdays being celebrated while away was really better than I had expected. I wasn't too concerned about the actual day knowing their party was the following weekend.

So, all in all...the mission trip was fabulous...I am so thankful we had the opportunity to go. I know we were so blessed to be a part of it.

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