For the last Sunday being here in Mexico along with our co-workers, the O’Briens, we arranged to hold our house church service at the home of Jharley and his parents who have recently accepted Christ. Their home is about 1/3 the size of ours (maybe even smaller) and the cramped neighborhood is dotted with crumbling apartments and neglected empty lots. The main highway from Mexico City to Laredo, TX runs just behind the apartments on the opposite side of the street. We were challenged to hear each other speak at times when a semi-truck used its engine to raucously slow its rapid descent from the mountain leading into San Juan del Rio.
We had never been to their home before and upon arrival, we discovered that a large portion of their small house is dedicated to an Internet cafe. It turned out that only the O’Briens and we joined our hosts today as Jenny was committed to a family function and Justin is contagious with chicken pox (so we banned his poor parents too!), and little Luis David has been ill with flu-like symptoms. His mother, Mari Cruz, had to work today as well.
Tim led us through the final chapter and lesson from the book of Colossians today. We’re pleased to have completed the book before taking a break for the summer. Since the other families have difficult work schedules and are hard to pin down, we decided to not try to have any services while both our missionary families are away. Instead, all our families have been encouraged to attend the services across town at Abundant Life Bible Church that meets at the community center.
This afternoon we’re busy making our lists for our needed purchases in the USA as well as continuing the week-long packing process. The boys are busy with making up their English homeschool work. Cameron is down to a final exam and a book report. Dayton is down to a research paper (his first ever). I think they’ll be working until Tuesday night to get these done!
Here’s a pic of our “Cyber Church” today: