We’re so thankful to have this “new” van. What a blessing to comfortably fit three families in it! Of course, this probably wouldn’t be acceptable in the USA but here in Mexico, to have 10 people in a 7 passenger van is still considered about half full! Beth’s mom recently told us that one of the young couples from her church had something like 16 people in their compact car. Yikes!
Today was our house church’s first time to meet at the home of our co-workers, Tim & Michelle O’Brien. We have been meeting here in our house for over 2 years, but with our rapidly approaching home assignment (we leave THIS Friday!), the group needs to meet at their home. So Jason and Kristin and their son arrived here and piled in with us in the van. We then drove to the center of town and picked up Emmanuel and Mari Cruz and their toddler. We didn’t have to go more than a couple miles so it was a short trip.
Tim decided to include the children in the music time so we began with an “old hymn” entitled “Pharaoh, Pharaoh.” The kids and adults had fun with that one! Ha-ha…not to worry, we did sing a couple of serious songs too.
Mari Cruz shared with the group how the Lord had given her several opportunities in the past few weeks to talk with a neighbor in their cramped little housing community and how this past Tuesday after 3 hours of talking, Imelda prayed to receive Christ as her Savior. Imelda has some sort of class she is taking on Sundays but when her commitment finishes, she plans to join with us on Sundays. We sure pray and hope that this does happen. We’ll have to figure out how to fit one more in the van!
I wrapped up our study of Ephesians 3 with my stammering Spanish. It’s going to be even worse when we get back from being away for 2 months. I’ll have to find some Spanish-speakers when we’re in the USA to help me from forgetting my bad Spanish!
After church, the 5 ladies (Kristin, Mari Cruz, Jenny, Michelle & Beth) went out to a restaurant for lunch together and enjoyed a couple hours of fellowship. Jason, Emmanuel, Javier, Tim, and I came over to our house and cooked up some hamburgers and hot dogs and fed ourselves and our 10 hungry kids! (we were missing one of our families with 3 more kids too!)
When the O’Briens returned home late this afternoon, a neighbor lady, who at one time was attending a home Bible study with another missionary (Bev Kendal) who lived in the same house as the O’Briens, asked them if meetings were being held in their home on Sundays now. So, another invitation has been extended and we’ll see if this woman joins in the coming on Sundays as well. She seemed very interested.
God is blessing. God is working. God is good.