The day began with a much more leisurely feel to it! Breakfast was an hour later (8:00 a.m.) and we didn’t have to rush off to the build site. After going hard for four days, it seemed odd, perhaps a bit of ‘letdown’, the project was completed.
We did however have the joy of visiting the orphanage; what a tremendous ministry! We were given a tour of the facilities and a wonderful perspective on all that takes place on the grounds; it is a little community within itself. A home and school setting is provided for 60 children, with onsite support from laundry facilities, a salon/barbershop, chapel, library, sewing centre, and maintenance shops. The ministry provides outreach to the community in the form or meals and clothing and household needs.
Many come from North America to serve for a week or month or longer. There is something for anyone willing to serve!
A special lunch was prepared for the Team and we enjoyed a relaxed time around the table. Katie had put in a request for a special dessert; one we hope to share with you when we give a report in a couple of weeks! The afternoon was quiet; some of the girls went into town to ‘shop’. Ask Ellen about her new ‘jeans’! We had a late afternoon drive to the ocean. I could spend hours just watching the waves break in; there is something majestic about the ocean. I had to take off my shoes and experience the cool waters of the Pacific!
We had the privilege of meeting a family many of us having been praying for at Valley. Christy and her girls were a delight to meet; their faces radiated the joy of Christ. What a contrast to Nicholasas and her family.
After this brief visit, the Team headed back to the taco stand and coffee shop before returning to the compound to pack up for an early departure on Saturday.
Much of the conversation centred on what had been accomplished in such a short time. It really is remarkable that a small team, working together, supported by our church family and willingly giving of ourselves to bless a family we had not even met could be used of God among the poorest of Mexico!
Along with the house build, we were exposed to the incredible need in this area. We have all gained a
greater understanding and appreciation for what Asher does. He is well-respected in the community, has wide network of wonderful Christian men and women and a heart for the people. He loves what God has called him to do and has a gift for sharing Christ to those who need to hear a message of hope.
As John and I talked we agreed this is something Valley can do; what way to spend a week of retirement!
This was not a week at the resort but it was week to which little can compare. To be used of God to
bless another, you tell me what is better than that?
My thoughts are turning toward home; this week has not allowed any time for preparation for a course I begin next week and my ideal of doing some preparation for the 24th was a much too lofty goal. The run through next week and into Easter will be demanding but this time in Mexico has given a fresh light to the power of the resurrected Lord.