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Another quick shout out to friends of mine doing amazing stuff for the Lord. My friend Clara felt a calling to go to Rocky Point a couple years back with Weekend Missions. She ended up staying and is now pursuing other opportunities. I love Clara – I remember when she first came to the Lord. Now He is using her and her art for His purposes. I got to spend time with her over the summer in Rocky Point and also got to know Eric and Martha Stanley. The Stanley’s are missionaries to Mexico and are looking to raise support as well. You can check them out and support them at My Contagious Generosity.  

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Paul and Melissa led us in worship to start the morning off. Then each person had a chance to talk about how this trip affected them and how God was working in each of us. There were lots of tears and it ended up being a powerful morning of reflection, praise and worship. This is one of my favorite things about mission trips – the coming together of the team in spirit and unity.

Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave 

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After a fun evening at the beach, going for one last Backstreet dog seemed like the perfect way to end the night. Jaimie hadn’t tried one of these yummy dogs, so I offered to buy her one. We went down to the stand and a good majority of our team was already hanging out there. It was a fun last night of fellowship and we enjoyed watching Conrad allowing some of the girls to ride his 4 wheeler.

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Sometimes on mission trips things change and don’t go the way you expected. So you have come with a flexible attitude. Well tonight things changed in a good way. Tiffany announced to us that we were headed to the beach for the evening! There were some local guys from a church in town leading worship down in Sandy Beach. So we loaded up the grill and some food and head down there.

 

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We had a funny moment on our way back from the men’s shelter when us guys got lost. Conrad had taken off on his 4 wheeler and we couldn’t find him. So we spent most of our time driving around trying to find our way back – it was pretty hilarious. We even ended up at the beach and were tempted to just stay and relax. When we finally made our way back, we razzed Conrad pretty bad. We then chilled and ate sandwiches for lunch. I ate with Jaimie and really enjoyed my time with her. She not only has a amazing heart for the Lord, she is a pastry chef and does performance theater. I enjoyed talking food with her and getting to know her. For the second part of the day, some of us stayed behind to work on the Villa Granda with Conrad. Daniel, Scott and I got on the roof to fill up the water reservoir (our girls took too long of showers.. haha). After we got that going, I joined Jason and CJ in putting in some ceiling fans in the dining room. Then I went a took a nap. It had been a long, hot productive day.

Working on the water reservoir with Daniel and Scott

Shelby and Jaimie trim the bushes

Jason, CJ and I work on the ceiling fans

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Men’s Shelter

We got to the men’s shelter and the director gave us a tour of the facility. A lot of it is still being built and they are waiting for funding to come in. It’s sad to hear that the government doesn’t help out with places like this. This shelter takes a lot of men off the streets. The police usually drop off three guys a week. Many of them are alcoholics, on drugs, been deported or don’t have a home. Basically, many of them have given up hope of life. They rehab these men with scripture – so it is a holistic ministry. I had tears come to my eyes for these men who have no dignity in society. God really has given me a heart for men who struggle and don’t know Christ. The director encouraged us to talk with them and give them a hug because many of them don’t have families.

Soon to be a bathroom with showers

24 hour watch room – the first place the men will be dropped off

Men’s dorm room

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After my morning devotions and coffee, we had breakfast. Eggs, potatoes, bacon, fruit, tortillas – wow. They really feed us good on these trips! We then all got together and Pastor Edgar gave a message from Galatians 6:8-9 about sowing and reaping. Xavier got to translate for him. He thanked us for coming down here and being an example to the other Mexicans. He mentioned how they can be selfish and that we are showing them what it is like to help one another. He said we are showing Jesus in our hearts to them and he encouraged us to be ready to sow because God wants to use us more. It was a great message to start the day off.

Pastor Edgar preaches from the word

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Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth  

 Colossians 3:2

The ability to look beyond our disappointments is essential for the followers of Christ. Our focus determines how we face the victories and defeats in life. This way of thinking looks to Christ, rather than our achievements, for significance and validation. We seek Him, not success.

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  

Galatians 2:20

We sang some worship songs and Clara (a friend from my last church) gave the devotion of the night. She talked about Isaiah 61:1-2 and how God commands us to proclaim the good news to the poor. She gave her testimony and challenged us to be in the Word and to be led by the Spirit. She also talked about surrendering and repenting daily and had us cast a piece of paper in the fire containing something we wanted to surrender. For me, it’s my occasional doubts that God is sovereign. I was encouraged to see how much Clara has grown in her faith and thankful to know she was considering staying down here in Mexico to continue to serve these people. It’s awesome to see when we are obedient in the Lord and how He honors that.

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