Routine is Happening

I’m sorry the blog has been rather dead the past few weeks. Basically, I blame routine. That’s not to say routine is unwelcome nor a bad thing. Routine just doesn’t seem terribly interesting for blog posts.

So, I could report that we’re still having Bible studies with Jason and Kristin, tutoring one or more math students each week, teaching our co-op classes science, literature, and physical education, and hosting Sunday morning worship and fellowship in our home. I just don’t think it makes for an interesting blog to mention that every, single week!

However, there have been a few non-routine items I can mention, so here’s one of the more interesting ones to share today.

Last week, Jason took on some overtime at work. For him this is a big deal because his American textile employer has not offered overtime all year until now. This was an optional opportunity, but he jumped at the chance to take it. Keep in mind that in Mexico, a legal work week is 48 hours (not 40 as in the U.S.). So, overtime means working more than 48 hours in a week.

He told me a week ago that he would be working 12 hours a day Monday-Thursday (7 a.m. to 7 p.m….that’s a full 48 hours) and then his normal 8 hour shifts on Friday and Saturday for 64 hours total. Yesterday, he mentioned he wasn’t getting home until 8:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m. so I think he could be working 13 hours a day for a total of 68 hours. That’s a pretty full week for a factory worker I would think.

What’s hard to understand is that the last time he worked OT, his paycheck was about $20 less than during a normal week! Isn’t that crazy?!? They told him it was to cover the increase in taxes. What in the world?!? I suspect that this wouldn’t be the case every time but that’s incomprehensible, especially for someone who makes just a few hundred dollars a month (in pesos of course).

Kristin mentioned to Beth recently that they want to buy a new mattress for Christmas. Their old mattress is killing their backs and the springs have been popping and poking through. They just snip them off to make it tolerable. Yikes!

I assumed that the OT work from now to their 2 week Christmas break would pay for their mattress, but yesterday they said that when the plant shuts down for those 2 weeks at Christmas, they don’t pay the employees! So, by working all of this OT time over 6 weeks, Jason is basically trying to cover the loss of those 2 weeks of upcoming pay!

Welcome to the world of work in Mexico. Most people can never get ahead. And working full-time in a factory like this is considered a GOOD job by a lot of people here.

Unfortunately, due to all these hours, Jason has very little time with his family during the week, and while he’s been able to keep up with our chapter a day Bible readings, he hasn’t been able to write out our assignments. I told him the main thing was to stay consistent with the reading even if he couldn’t get the writing done. No problem.

So we decided yesterday to just go over our Bible readings on Sundays when they’re here for worship, fellowship, and lunch. We always have them join us for our Sunday meal which is a great way to deepen our fellowship and further our discipleship of them as a couple. It also helps them a little bit with their tight food budget. It’s great to be able to share some with them.

There you have it…our little piece of news picked out of the middle of the routine. Hope it was worth your time to read it. Thanks for dropping by!

About alanbeth

What’s up? or rather, ¿Qué pasa? Hola, I’m Alan. I’m a missionary living in Mexico. We have a heart for MK Education and so we teach at a local Christian school with MK students as well as nationals and foreign students as well. I occasionally write or have a pic to share with you at my blog, Knowing Your ABCDs, which you can read with a click on the button above. You can read my blog with a click on the button above.
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