Instead of Pollo Loco (the crazy chicken) like in Monterrey, we have Pollo Feliz (The Happy Chicken) here in MAZ so we provide our groups with one meal from the happy chicken:) and we haven't had any complaints yet.
With our first group of the summer, we put a lot of work time into our schedule. We worked out at rancho with cement, Bought a trailer for our cement mixer, had numerous runs to home depot, finished a lot of the work on the play set at salvation army, and loved on some stinkin cute kids.
This group was small but boy they were hard workers. All the way up to the time they left, they were eager to do the Lord's work. It was such a blessing hearing their stories and how they found out about Back2Back. There was one family here and if i had to pick pictures for the week it was watching the father with his sons. He was teaching them the knowledge he had about tools. It was great how fast they picked up. But, i guess that results in a great teacher huh?
Also, the leader Vic, was being helped by one of the boys from Salvation Army. The boy was eager to help and since we don't allow them to have power tools, Vic had him measuring out the boards for him. This gave the child a confidence and feeling like he has a purpose. Probably not many men have come beside this kid to help him accomplish anything or maybe even teach him anything positive. God had a purpose for each of our group members for the week they were here, and it was a blessing being able to see each one of those purposes reveal themselves.
We ended our week with going to a water park called, MAZAGUA. We ended up inviting 11 girls from Floreser who had never been there and then 8 kids from Salvation Army. A very special day was spent by investing and following all the kids around. Buying them snacks and loving on them. Making them feel special. I gave the girls from Floreser a ride home and they could not stop talking about their day. I asked them if they would ever want to go back and they started screaming ... "YES"! Sweet filled memories of this day for all of us involved. I am sure there was nothing but smiles as those sweet children put their heads on their pillows this evening.
THANK YOU JESUS!
I promise to get pics of the water park next time we go. It was awesome:)
Summer 2012 has already started in Monterrey. It is weird not being there for the big rush. BUT, Mazatlan Summer is about to kick off on Saturday, June 9th. A group called Men In Balance are coming from Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a small group but small groups are always so much fun.
Every year we have a new theme that our Bible Study,for group members, and our debriefings are geared towards. Our new theme for this year is from Colossians 1:17. " He is before all things and in Him all things hold together." This year is marking 15 years for Back2Back Ministries. And going back to see all the times God provided and how He holds things together has been a blessing.
Please be Praying for us as we are about to start our summer. It is getting really hot here so pray for strength, endurance, and for God to continue showing off for each group member!
We feel so blessed to be where we are! Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to be your hands and feet here in Mazatlan, Mexico.
the Donating Pig (www.salsalela.com)
has been a busy little pig this month, collecting $653USD for Working
Wardrobes. We're excited to tell you that June's cause has been
suggested by a Salsa and Salsa guest. LELA keeps touching people's
hearts in unexpected ways! Back2Back
is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to
being a voice for orphans. Their main goal is to care for
orphans and impoverished children, so they can overcome their life
circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty.
Back2Back is active in Mexico, Nigeria and India."
so excited beyond words that the date night Rodolfo and I had with Salsa and Salsa turned out to be a great ministry opportunity!
This is my 3rd year living here in Monterrey, Mexico. I work alongside an organization that has been a part of my life for the last 9 years. It has been a dream that i would work, live, and be apart of Back2Back. NOW, it is reality. I am so excited about what God has in store and would love any encouragement along the way. That is what this blog is about. Me sharing this part of my journey with YOU. Along the way, i would appreciate any words of wisdom, love, or encouragement. Thank you for coming along this ride with me. Thank you for all the supporters who made this possible. Enjoy!!!!!!