Here in Queretaro, Mexico, the days are long by the week is short. I will do my best to fill you all in, but not be long winded.😉
Liesl and I helped lead worship with the worship team at Vertical Connection and Lumina Churches. Vertical Connection had two morning services at 10am and 12pm in the city of Queretaro. After second service, our whole missions team had lunch at Tacos El Pata with Leo, Erma, Pastor Pablo, Michelle, and Gabriel, followed by gelato. Then, Pablo took Liesl and I, along with Sienna and Michael, to the Lumina Churchplant in Juraquilla (a suburb of Queretaro).
I have sang with this worship team three times now- it never gets old and always stirs up a fire in me. It’s hard to describe the level of joy that comes with singing familiar songs of praise (most of the time) with brothers and sisters in Christ in another language.
Philippians 2:8-11 says: Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Someday, ALL believers will gather together before the throne of God to join with the angels to do what we did on Sunday. Being able to experience that in a small way now is simply amazing.
Monday Hannah and I spent most of the day with this view:
Hannah woke up about 3am and was violently ill for about an hour and a half. She was able to get back to sleep, but we spent all day in the cabin while the rest of the team visited a local orphanage. I was also not feeling well. It was fun to hear our answered prayers when they returned late in the day.
Later in the afternoon is started to rain really hard. I looked out our bathroom window and could not even see a silhouette of the nearby Peña. I thought, “Wow, I’m sure glad we’re not hiking the Peña today!” About an hour later, our bunk mates returned from a hike up the Peña, soaking wet and laughing. Sure enough, it began raining once they reached the upward part of the Peña. And unfortunately, it only rained harder the more they tried to wait it out. So amidst raging waterfalls, the team hiked down the Peña and returned soaking wet. It was an adventure that provided a lot of laughter. We were feeling well enough at the end of the day to join the team at dinner (not well enough to eat, though) and for our team debrief. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us!!
We washed several hundred chairs, painted theme decorations (Mario Bros), prepared chalk paint (similar to a Color Run), and paper maché boxes.
They have only lived in Mexico for a few months, but have been missionaries with Word of Life for many years in El Salvador. Their testimonies were amazing, along with the story of how they met. I appreciated Alex’s interaction with Hannah as he patiently listened to her testimony and tried to encourage her: all Christians have the same story regardless of what baggage you may or may not carry. All Christians were headed toward hell, separated from God, condemned in His judgement UNTIL they place their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, the only One able to pay the punishment for our sin and place His own righteousness upon us. That is the only transformation, the only history that matters.💕🙌🏻