Thanks for praying as we traveled to McAllen, TX in order to attend the funeral of our co-worker, Dan Kendal. He was only 71 years of age when the Lord took him home and the service was a fitting tribute to his life. It was good to be there. Bev, Dan’s widow, appeared to be doing well as was the rest of the family. They have 3 adult daughters, all are married and are missionaries in Mexico which is a living tribute in itself.
The trip also allowed us to receive some ministry materials that have been at the CAM Center in mail storage for some time. Thanks to Jeff and Linda Arnold who drove down from there to attend the funeral and who brought these materials (mostly dictionaries and grammar & writing reference materials for our library). We were unsure when we’d ever be able to retrieve these items so this worked out very well.
We also took advantage of the stores in McAllen and were able to pick up some other books, clothing, favorite food items, etc. Perhaps purchasing a GPS device and accompanying maps for Mexico was the most notable purchase. Finally, we’ll know where we are when we’re lost! LOL (BTW, the GPS says that our house sits at about 6,220 feet above sea level…I really DO have my head in the clouds!)
Other than noting more military checkpoints and that these were more stringent than in the past, we did not really observe any other evidence of the ongoing drug war. What a joy to see that a new loop around Reynosa has been completed enough to drive around the one section that I loathe to drive. The police there have a reputation for hassling expatriates and that area was where I was stopped in September by a pair of fake police. A couple months ago there was a military shooting on that main highway and a stray bullet killed a baby aboard a transit bus. We’ll be glad if we never have to drive through there again!
Again we thank-you for praying for this brief trip. FYI it’s about 575 miles from home to Edinburg (McAllen), TX taking this particular route.
Yesterday, we returned home Wednesday evening and resumed our routine with the co-op schedule yesterday. Today is mostly home school, laundry, and errands. I think a second cup of coffee is in order at the moment. Have a great weekend everyone!