A couple final words after the summer…

I don’t know where to start or what to say. There isn’t any way that I could possibly put into words all the ways that I was able to witness God’s hand at work in Mexico this summer. However, I want you to know that God worked. He worked through me to impact my brothers and sisters in Mexico and He stretched me and revealed Himself to me in new ways. This summer, we worked with 9 groups from two countries and five states. We built 11 houses and put on 6 Vacation Bible Schools. Today, around 30 people have made those houses their homes.  But the summer was so much more than numbers. Numbers cannot even begin to describe the way that God has been working in the Ensenada area.

The lives of the families receiving homes are forever changed. They prayed. Their families prayed. And their churches prayed. Matthew 21:22 reads “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” And so it was. God brought groups of children, students, and adults from Mexico and all across the United States to be the answer to their prayers. He allowed us to be His hands and feet. There is nothing like it—nothing like handing the keys to a home over to a family who never thought it possible.  We were constantly reminded that with God, all things are possible. Through tears they gave thanks to God and to the group, and through tears, the groups gave thanks for the opportunity to serve them and be God’s hands and feet in such a powerful  way.

The first week, the color of the skin spoke strongly to the family as they saw the jovenes group from our local church work each day in their own community. Then, as the first group from the United States presented the home they had built, the mother broke down crying when she heard they had also given her a couch that doubled as a bed. Another answer to prayer. So she cried out, giving thanks to God. The group from my home church came and built two homes in one week, blessing two women with the opportunity to start fresh—with hope for a future. As the next family arrived on the worksite, they could hardly believe their eyes. No hay palabras para explicarlo, the mother said over and over, there aren’t words to explain it. The following weeks, I understood the feeling as we built a house for Javier and Pascuel, two severely handicapped men living on the side of a hill in a home they could hardly get in and out of. Still, joy radiated from Javier, permeating the hearts and souls of everyone working on his home. None of us will ever be the same—not because of the house we built him, but rather, because of the way we saw Christ in the lives of Javier and Pascuel. They have no source of income, but they rely solely on God, praying for every need. And He surely provides. Then, as one of our interns was injured during the next project, we were able to see how God had provided us not only with a hard working staff, but with friends that had become family who brought encouragement in a time of need. And as we helped a small group build the first floor of a home for Marisol and Antonio, we were all touched. Everyday, both Antonio and Marisol were outside working alongside us just as hard, if not harder than all of us. And that week I found that I was not just building a home for a family in need, but for a friend. Then, as we finished out the summer, we were able to see the ways that God had worked in each and every one of us. For me, that meant learning to trust God more with every moment—with the big things and with the small things. It meant learning patience; it meant Him planting in me a deeper desire to participate in international missions.

I was able to witness God work in and through me this summer in entirely new ways. I was able to be His hands and feet in Ensenada. I was able to be part of His answer to many prayers. So I want to once again thank you for making this possible not only through your financial support, but through your prayers. They were answered. Because of you, there are families that have a home for the first time. Lives have been forever changed. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve God in Mexico this summer, and I hope that the ways in which God worked in and through me this summer are an encouragement to you and testify to His faithfulness to answer your prayers.

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