|Front row: Myself and Sarahi with Ernie peeking behind us. The two "thinkers' are Berenice and Diego.|
The three standing: right end is Adrian, the youth leader, Angelica, Mari and the other clown is Nataniel
What a wonderful week we had, for several reasons. This is the first group we have ever hosted that we did not need to translate! How that changes things! Then, as far as 'youth groups' go, these kids were not high school kids but rather young adults, more college and career. There were only 7 of them; size also changes things. Those were some of the obvious things that made for a good week.
Now the things we didn't really think, or know about, prior to their arrival; those were the things that for Ernie and I made it extra special. What things didn't we know? That Nataniel is the son of Sara, and the grandson of Hortencia. Hortencia was a pillar of the church in Soto Maenez, where Dora Friesen, and later Kathy Thiessen, worked. We are close friends with his mom and his aunts. There were several walks down memory lane.
Then there was Berenice. I was in her home in Picacho many years ago, on a trip i made with Jessy Neufeld Fehr. We went there because Jessy had lived with this family while in Mexico on MissionX with SBC. The world is forever shrinking!
Sarahí was the hardest one, mostly because of our shared memories. These memories are painful, and thus tears were shed. She is also part of Aldo and Rebecca's family. Aldo was one of Ernie's best friends in Chihuahua. He performed their wedding. Aldo and Rebecca are walking the streets of gold, talking with Jesus. While this is great for them...not so much for his mother. She still struggles.
|Myself, Sarahi and Ernie|
So what did we all do together? They joined our Bible studies in the evenings, they helped Ernie and I out at the Day Care, they joined Dallas and Tara at the orphanage, and we joined the HADIME group at the Matthew Training Center ( Sandra Plett works with MB Mission here in GDL).
|together with the Hadime group|
HADIME is a program for training people for missions. They have from 6-15 young adults come. So they shared their stories and our group shared theirs. They prayed for one another and their respective ministries. Then we shared breakfast together.
Friendships were formed and a vision for missions was fanned into flame.
Mari has left for Bolivia on a Missions assignment and Sarahi leaves in a month for Ecuador for a 1 year assignment. Adrian has a heart for Venezuela. God is at work in our young people.
So they left Saturday morning for Chihuahua, and we cleaned up and tried to rest. It was a wonderful week where we reconnected with our Northern Conference. Bridges were built or re-enforced.
Now we look towards Ernie's 60th Birthday party. Pray for all those details to come together. Party is set for July 22 (his actual b-day is the 21st).