Wednesday, January 23, 2013
We started the New Year off great with a group of 20 from Columbus, Ohio. They are from a church called Xenos.
They have been partners with us in Monterrey for many years and members from their church are now faithfully serving in Jos, Nigeria with us.
This was their first time serving with us here in Mazatlan. Serving in every way from doing cement projects, working in the garden, playing with purpose, to taking the girls shoe shopping for new gym shoes and cookouts.
This group was such an encouragement to our staff. I personally loved how verbal they are about their love for our Savior and for life. I was thinking back on the week and every person i was privileged to have a conversation with was so open and real. That is what i LOVED about this group. It challenged me to be more "in the moment" with things. It also challenged me in a way that if i feel appreciative of someone, then to not just tell my husband or God how thankful i am, but to tell the person that i feel appreciative of.
I also now have a special place in my heart for this church because my cousin just moved to Columbus and started attending Xenos. She is living in one of the ministry houses along with 10 other girls. YIKES i say.
God brought people in this group here to Mazatlan as a sign for me to know my cousin is being taken care of. She literally moved the week before this group came down. What a blessing to get to know some of her new community:) It made me thankful knowing those are the kinds of Christians my cousin will be around.
Thank you Xenos for how real you each were. Thank you for serving alongside us here to bring healing and restoration to the children we serve. Thank you for the prayers for our staff, the children, and this town. What a blessing every single one of you were!
I hope that in the near future there will be more Xenos Groups coming.