Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beautiful summer

Well a little about me: I'm not in mexico. Don't worry, I didn't tell anyone that i was coming home, my parents didn't even know the day until I was flying into Portland (talk about last minute right?).
Mexico was wonderful! I miss it a lot and all of people. I left early because of this darn parasite in my body. I also got a uti, which later thought to be a kidney infection..who knows. Mexican hospitals: little sketchy; shopping carts to carry their drugs around. theirs labs: different, giant bigger than your head carvings of Jesus on their desk strange. anyways, thats another story. 
My idea is to lay low for a little while in the states to get better. I'm working on it. God has just given me this strange peace about everything and I'm happy with it. Like whatever happens is in God's plan for me. 
So i came home, because I got so sick and it was like stick out or come home. They told me that it was going to get worse before it got better and I didn't know if i could handle that. I was kind of at the end of my rope and my body was wearing really thin. So I don't feel like I gave up, I feel like I gave into what needed to happen for my body, ya know? 
So thats where I'm at. I'm home, my body feels like shit but I'm happy and I have a great peace about the things to come and the things going on in my life. I'm excited for new adventures and everything and anything to come. 
I have learned so much in the past 2 months about myself, about how God is working in the world, in other people, about what He is teaching me. I definitely received a lot of patience and peace about the things that were going on. To try and go with the flow sometimes when I would before be frustrated. He taught me about love and that it never runs out even in you. He instilled in me a love for the children there that I didn't think could get any bigger or wider or stronger. Even when I was so sick, I was loving on them and teaching them about God. I miss it. It was a beautiful summer. Christ has been present in every moment of it. 
I got to know beautiful people, who  have beautiful hearts and souls, that I am so thankful and blessed to have gotten to know. 
He is still teaching me so much and I am sure when I look back even years later at this summer, I will have realized so much more that God had taught me. 
Thank you for all reading my blog and being a part of my summer adventures. I wish that each and everyone of you could have been there and shared the beautiful things that God did and shared with me in my adventures. 

Blessings to all!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

To share:

Something I don't think I have shared with many of you:


My donation site. I know not my ideal posting but sometimes or maybe it will help. Anyways, I have a little bit of my story up there too. 
I hope all is well with everyone. I will update the happenings of life here soon. 

Blessings to all!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Week of July 6-11

July 11, 2009


I haven’t journaled in a week. Lots has happened.


Monday was our day of rest. I wasn’t feeling very well, so I stayed back home and did chores for the group (like laundry and the weekly update to Youth in Mission) while Maddai went with each of the groups to visit the neighborhoods we are each working in. I also caught up on emails and whatnot. Pretty busy day, doing a lot at home.


Tuesday, I got kind of sick in the morning and so we took a trip to the hospital. It was quite the experience. They have shopping carts in their hospitals that they use for supplies and drugs, its pretty funny.  Samuel, the doctor that usually gives me medicine and treats me wasn’t unvaliable and this parasite was hurting me pretty bad. God is teaching me a lot during this and challenging me. So many people are surprised I’m still here, but I love doing this stuff. God really blessed me with a heart for these children and Latin America. Even tough I have had some rough days being here, I love it. God has blessed me with something great and when that happens, you gotta grasp it by the horns and love the life you are given.

Anyways, the medicine I had used before wasn’t working so that’s why after talking to Emily Armstrong we decided it best we take a little trip to the hospital to get an idea of how to exactly cure this little bugger. I also got my 3rd shot in Mexico. Yeah, that’s not something everyone can say, haha! The one in the hospital hurt more than the ones before at the house, weird! So, I got 3 more medications on Tuesday and just relaxed for Tuesday and Wednesday.


So Thursday I went to the neighrborhood and man I love it there! We did lessons with the kids and with the adults. I got to play and run around with kids. I’m starting to feel like an old woman but Danielle says it’s the parasite effecting my body. But, I LOVE doing this stuff. She says she would have been home already. I think God blessed me to be here and I need to stick it out. He is teaching me so much and I know that He will provide a way for anything and everything that I do. I made the decision to go to Mexico in Him. I know probably sounds a like crazy, but it’s like this passion that’s pumping through my veins and I just remembering that when I’m not feeling so well. His love sets me free. And He is giving me His eyes and hopefully His love in every situation. I think that’s why I am still here and not at home being sick.

On Thursday we also went to the downtown to get stuff for our new ministry we are starting: English lessons!


Yesterday, Maddai, Sarai and Israel came in and had lunch with us from their community they have been working in. It was good to see them and I got to talk to Emily and Scott Armstrong and talked with the team about my health and are starting to make some decisions. I will let you know.

Anyways, we went to the community afterward and taught our first ENGLISH LESSONS! I love it! It’s really beautiful and I am learning so much. In the kids lessons, we started out with 1, 2, 3’s, ABC’s, numbers, colors, greetings, and some nouns. Danielle and I are having a lot of fun doing it. The kids asks lots of questions.

Later on we went and taught discipleships lessons (which are these really great packets, interactive and fun) to other new believers in the community. While Pattie and I were about to start a lesson, 2 people were really curious what we were all about and became Christians right then. It was incredible. There is a lot of sorrow and tough things going on in this woman’s house, so it was a really beautiful experience.

Right after the lessons we went to the center of the neighborhood and taught English lessons to the youth in the neighborhood. And come to find out there are 2 guys living here who used to live in the LA for 10 years and speak fluent English and helped us teach lessons. I find little treasures in unexpected places all the time here.


Today, we went to the lab to have some samples done to figure out what is going on with me.  Results pending.

Love you all! Blessings to all!

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 5, 2009

Everyday I am here God touches my heart someway. He is so alive in this place and working so agressively. I love it! Today when we debriefed with all the groups at the end of the Maxim Mision almost all the groups mentioned how much we impacted their hearts. It was a beautiful time. 

Here are some beautiful faces in my neighborhood. They are incredible. God gave me a heart for these kids:

July 4, 2009

Happy 4th! Another 4th spent out of the 
States. I wonder where I will be next year. Today was our first full day in the neighborhood in Tehuacan, Puebla. We have split into our groups and Danielle and I are in same group because I need to stay in the city because I’m still pretty sick. I have a stomach infection and we’re living with a doctor here who is giving me free medicine and care. It’s wonderful! I have even gotten shots for the pain. But I am still trying to make the best of my time here even though I haven’t been feeling well.

It was a fun day, pretty packed with lots of stuff to do.

This morning, after breakfast, I gave the devotional to the group about being special. I really needed to remember that God put me here for a reason.

Then we dispursed into our separate groups for the weekend and 2 weeks following. 

Here is some of my group for the week(end):

Most of the rest of the group:

After we got all of our supplies for the weekend we drove to the neighborhood. By the time we got there we split up into 2 groups: one for Remi and one for evangelism/discipleship lessons.

This is the neighborhood we are working in:

We set up for Remi on the basketball court. We had Kassie, Sally and mini Carlos as clowns and I was Cometa again.

Kassie, Sally and myself:

Everyone keeps praying so strong for my health. PRAYERS PLEASE!

After Remi we played games with the kids and made balloon animals, I taught myself an elephant today! J

After we painted the basketball court lines, backboard, the light poles, changed the street lights and installed. While most of the others went and evangelizing and inviting people for the Jesus Film. It took most of the day.

I LOVE all the kids here so much!

Danielle and I are starting our own ministry soon. We are going to teach some of the kids here English for an hour each day. I’m so excited! I love that kind of stuff.

While writing this we’re watching the Jesus Film, the kids version, which I absolutely love. Very interesting.

So sunburnt. Missing you all! Blessings!

June 29, 2009

Today was our first day in Tehuacan. We are here for 3 weeks total. This week we are teaching workshops to the new members of our group who will end up becoming leaders the next week. We are doing workshops to get ready for the next 2 weeks of ministry. Today we taught Remi, first the songs, I was Cometa of course. We also made the sheets for the songs and the verses for the kids, it was a busy and good day for the most part.

I finished my 3rd book in less than 3 weeks! Woot!

We are also going to being having a Maxim Mision this weekend. Which is when we have a lot of people come in from all over Mexico and do service projects and in this case we are continuing on in each of the communities afterward and planting churches even after the people leave

June 28, 2009

Today I begun to feel sick, sick, sick! 
This morning we got up super early and made copies for the upcoming projects until the ink ran out. Then everyone got ready and went to church while I was really drugged up because I was in so much pain, close to when I had my cyst.

When then finally got back from church, an hour later than expected, we went to Maddai’s grandparents house and ate lunch. So YUMMY! But always so much food! We left sort of quickly, and hurried and got all our stuff and left the house and Sarah and her husband drove us to the bus station.

I found postcards, I just need to send them or well find a post office.

We traveled all day and met up with Merna (a new friend from northern Mexico who will be with us for the week). She is really sweet.

Miley and I with all our luggage:

When we finally got to Tehuacan, Ezi (another brother I worked with in December) picked us up from the bus station and another brother from the church. Then we just went home and we to sleep! Long day!

June 27, 2009

Today we got to sleep in. We started making copies, bought paper and forgot it in Maddai’s car. We went to 4 bookstores hunting for English books. Danielle and I found these crazy ones. The storekeeper was trying to get us to buy some about architecture another one about the family & sexual education (interesting combo), so funny.

Our constant fight with the copy machine:

We each got a book for 10 pesos; we’ll see how they are.

After we went to a bakery, because Danielle is maybe in love with pan dulce (sweet bread). Then back to the house to work on the copies and pick up our laundry @7pm. But when we went to go pick up our laundry only Miley’s was ready. Here’s where our night took a turn. We got Miley’s laundry and they said that we could come back in an hour and pick up the laundry and we had to because we are going somewhere for 3 weeks on Sunday. So we told the laundry lady we would back in half hour or so.

Maddai was suppose to be at the house at 7:30 pm. 2 hours later she was not to found after several phone calls. She put us in a tough situation. It was pouring rain, no paper for copies, and Miley had to wait for a call about cena (dinner). It was so dangerous but at 8:30 pm Danielle and I walked to the laundry matt in pouring rain. Thank the Lord for REI and my rain jacket! So dangerous, we had men calling out to us and following us in a car for a while. SCARY! Maddai was so mad when she found out, but she just disappears. Never communicates, nothing and is ALWAYS late. We all talked to her about this tonight. She didn’t really listen. Instead told us all the times she was frustrated with us and told us she doesn’t need us for anything. It was frustrating. And nothing changed the next day. We didn’t make it to our bus on time. Oh well. Not that we need her all the time but it can be frustrating. Especially when we each hear something different about what we’re doing or hear nothing at all. I’ve spent so much money on meals here, when I shouldn’t have to. I don’t understand. WE don’t have money for that stuff. That’s when its like WHERE IS MADDAI?! WHERE ARE YOU?!! At 3 in the afternoon and there is nothing for us to eat all day.. I hope our friendship survives this summer because we were friends first and foremost. Prayers!

June 26, 2009

Most of vacation we just sat around and watched TV. Danielle and I both got full body, distress, 60 minute massages and they only cost $34.00, tell me that’s not amazing! I signed up for a training preview in the States in August for massage therapy school. Could be neat, it sounds so fun to me!

We watched a lot of movies, I got sort of caught up on my blog (like I’m doing again now) and posted some pictures and in past entries as well! Check it!

There was lots of good girl bonding time. It was a fun and relaxing trip.

 Our villa on vacation:

Today we came back from Huatuson. It was fun. The trip was 2 hours by bus and we watched Nacho Libre in Spanish. Its so much better in Spanish and I can make a lot of connections to the culture- like the corn! Ha!

When we got back we dropped off our laundry and went to The Italian Coffee Company (which is similar to our Starbucks, way cheaper and Miley’s favorite) and had dinner/lunch. Then we took a taxi back to the casa and in about 15 minutes I wrote out my what I was going to say for the Missions Study/Conference/Service, I talked about John 15 again – if you are interested in reading I will post it in my other blog (http://collegekaitlin.blogspot.com/).

Maddai translated for me, which was great! Her English is so GOOD! It’s an inspiration to me to learn Spanish.

This service has been a wonderful time of healing, praise, worship, God’s grace, mercy and prayer. People that were sick and needing healing went to the altar to kneel and were anointed with oil and prayed over. One of the women was demonized and all the pastors here (about 6) begun to pray over her and the whole congregation as well. I prayed that God would just reign in her life and bless her and that He would be her stronghold, that the demons would leave and know they are never welcome in her life again. EVER!

We could see the demons were leaving her when strange screams/noises were escaping her body and she was fighting and then her body broke down and she stopped fighting and was released. It was amazing!

Spiritual warfare is so tough, but it was so good that it happened here in this place. The pastor from Tierra Blanca (where I was working in December) just kept saying in Your name Father, In Your name! There was praise and cheers of victory afterward, it was really beautiful, sad, great and like nothing I’ve EVER seen before. 

June 24, 2009

Today we traveled to Huatuson for vacation. We were in a hotel room and while exploring we found these really nice villas and so we switched to them. It’s a little farther away but still really nice.

The town is tiny! We walked it all in about an hour or so. So not necessarily perfect tourist town but we will get some good rest. The hotel we are staying at is called Los Cocyous. There aren’t a lot of people here, there is a hot tub and these cool outdoor sauna type things, AND I’m going to get a massage! First ever! So excited!

June 23, 2009

Today was basically the same as yesterday except Maddai didn’t help paint. She went home to rest because she is really sick. Beto (Maddai’s cousin) and Miguel (Maddai’s brother) helped us paint, which was awesome! We finished all the trees (64 trees done!) in good timing and all got into a major paint fight. I still have flesh-eating paint in my hair.

After we had lunch and got ready for vacation, did laundry and got some stuff ready for another trip we are going on.

June 22, 2009

Today we got up and went to the market. After the market we headed over to the neighborhood and painted trees until it was time to go to lunch.

Today I gave a devotional on John 15 and Philippians 3:12-14 : which is about how I got to Mexico this summer. Afterward Judith (the District Superintendents wife) asked if we could speak at this missions study service on Friday, which is when we were suppose to be on vacation but Maddai changed our vacation to accommodate the service. It was kind of overly dramatic time and interesting and not so appropriate things were said but its over now and fine. So we decided to only go back to the neighborhood if physical work was needed after our vacation (Wed-Fri).

I’m excited for vacation!

After painting trees, Danielle made us Kraft mac n cheese, what a treat for us! We were at Maddai’s house for 5 hours. That’s real life, most days at least. It down poured for 5 hours. In a sense, it feels like I never left Portland, its rained everyday since I’ve been here. Crazy! Anyways, I’ve gotten a lot of reading done since I’ve been here. 

Thursday, June 25, 2009

June 21, 2009

This morning Maddai’s parents had trouble with their car so Miley, Danielle and I walked to church. I’m getting some good workouts here!

When we got there we went to Sunday School. I haven’t been to Sunday School since I was in high school, well and in Latin America. We learned how to show the evangecube. It was about the 5th time I’ve been in a place where we have learned how to show it but always educational.

Then we went to Maddai’s grandparent’s house and had Sunday lunch with them while Maddai and her family went to buy bus tickets for our vacation later in the week. We just read a lot and slept and went to Maddai’s to prep for the service. I forgot how much I absolutely love prepping and planning services. It’s so fun! So I wrote and planned the service and the verses. Maddai’s dad, Samuel, did worship along with one of his buddies. You could tell they were having so much fun jamming together.

At 6 pm we went to the neighborhood and set up for the service and went and reminded the people that there was a service. And it turned out since it was Father’s Day that no one we originally invited could come. Many were having parties and were just not able to make it. We did have a good group of people anyways, we had: Mario (the DS) and his wife Judith, Samuel (Maddai’s dad), Samuel’s friend, Momita, Miley, Maddai, Miguel, Danielle and Lupitha (a woman from the community that just happened to be able to come). It ended up being a really beautiful service. I haven’t been a little frustrated lately with some things here and it reminded me of the beautiful wonderful hearts and people that I’m with and how beautifully amazing God’s love is. It was an intimate service and Lupitha became a new sister in Christ tonight. Mmmmm, I love it!

After, we went home and went to slept, much needed for the days ahead!

My Team:

I just realized that I haven’t introduced you all to my teammates yet.

This is Danielle:

She is 19 (turning 20 in less than a month!) and is so incredibly sweet, great and very willing to have God envelope her this summer as He has called her to this summer in Mexico. She is going to be a Junior at Olivet in the fall. Yep, she is a smartie and is graduating early. She speaks a lot of Spanish, but is still learning just like me.

This is Mayuli also known as Miley:


I gave her the nickname Miley. She is 24 and in the fall going to nursing school. She has a developing passion for God’s people and missions. She desires to have it be a strong part of her life and is just learning what that means by being involved in Youth in Mission this summer. She is so sweet and doesn’t speak much English, but is so willing to learn. We are getting close, she has a beautiful heart.

This is Maddai, our leader:

She is 21 and the evangelism coordinator for her district in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. She has an amazing passion for broken and lost people and desires like no one else I’ve seen for them to find their way home again. She is learning, making mistakes and learning how to be a great leader in Christ. She is young and it is usual here as well, for her to have the job she does but she gives a fresh new face to missions and a new outlook on the things she is doing and accomplishing. We could use more people like her in the U.S. She has a beautiful soul and we have been friends for over a year now. We are so similar in so many ways, mostly because we have very similar passions, helping people.

She has almost become fluent in English in less than year, which is an inspiration to me.

Then there is me:

My Spanish is definitely improving in the 2 weeks since I’ve been here. God is stretching me as a person more than I would have expected and my desires and passions as a person are changing and being transformed into something that I hope is more of Him and less of me. I’m learning a lot. And learning how to be more like the servant in Philippians 2:

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.”

June 20, 2009

Today we went to the market a little later in the morning. 

Danielle and I went to Oxxo to get breakfast and buy batteries. It ends up being a good time in the morning that we can talk about things that are going on and kind of debrief in culture shocks and what not. We are making a list of all the culture differences and funny things that are happening. I’ll make sure to post sometime soon.

After Maddai’s mom dropped us off at the neighborhood and Maddai went to visit her sick grandpa. I’m glad she is finally spending some time with her family away from the team. She is ALWAYS working and putting things together for the times ahead. She has a wonderful and beautiful passion and heart for the broken and lost people. Just sometimes she needs to take a break. I swear she is going to get sick.

Miley, Danielle and I went to the neighborhood and rallied up all the people that could make it to the service and the times that would work for them and then set an exact time and told everyone that could go. There weren’t many at all!

After we went back to Maddai’s house and waited for a total of 5 minutes for Maddai, who wasn’t suppose to be back for another half hour (FYI: Maddai isn’t always the most tactful person and is almost always at LEAST a half an hour late) and then went on an adventure. We took a taxi to Walmart and an electronics store. It was a successful excursion. We all got something useful. Miley: bathing suit for vacation. Danielle: card reader for her pictures. Me: batteries for my camera.

When we got back an hour later than expected Maddai still wasn’t there. She was 2 hours late! We are going to try to teach her to be tactful and prompt this summer. TRY.

Elizabeth (Maddai’s mother, or like we like to call her Momita) made us lunch and by just about the time we were done Maddai came back.

Oh also! A few days ago Miley, Danielle and I got to make corn tortillas, it was so much!

Then we waited for Maddai to get ready, because they were going to a service at their church that night. Maddai dropped us off at the DS’ house and we dropped our laundry at the laundry mat as she went to the service at her church. We had to drop it off because the water at the DS’ house was dirty because of the rain. That’s different! They even said that our shower water might be dirty. Then we came back and dropped off our stuff and went on another adventure, mostly to get dinner. Over all it was a really fun day, full of lots of adventures!

June 19, 2009


We slept in! We slept in until 11! I didn’t get out of bed until 11:45 because the book I’m reading, My Sister’s Keeper is so good!

We went to the store with Maddai and found her mom there and bought sushi. Then we went to Sarah’s (wonderfully sweet sister in the church, we ALL LOVE her!) and are almost an entire platter full of sushi, whoever said that its sketchy eating it here is wrong, this was my 2nd time and it was delicious.

 After some good hang out time, we went to the “handy craft market”.Did I mention its been pouring rain lately?! All day rain. After we went to the plaza well the mall. Its where Samuel –Maddai’s brother- works. We ate American food today too! Then we just went home and went to sleep. 

June 18, 2009

This morning, Danielle and I, like usual, went to Oxxo in the morning while Maddai and Miley did discipleship lessons in the market. We ate breakfast in Oxxo. We went to the neighborhood to find one of the puppies we oogle over ever day- DEAD! It was SO SAD! They don’t take very good care of their animals here, its so sad. Maddai and Danielle called the Health Service Department to get the body taken away and they went and bought dog good for the remaining puppies and momma dog. RIP: 

While the rest of us (Samuel, Miley, and myself) made paint and painted trees until started it raining. Then we walked back to Maddai’s house and ate lunch.

After we walked back to the neighborhood to do discipleship lessons but most either weren’t home or didn’t have the time. So we used the time to talk about/plan the days to come with the church. We are mostly on lessons 3 with all the new believers, which talks about being the church – how to be the church. So on Sunday, we want to have a service and talk about what that means with everyone together and how we can help.

After said conversation and planning we went and did a discipleship lesson, then off to Office Depot. Which may actually be Danielle and Maddai’s favorite store, so funny. I think we all got something too. I got new headphones- they have a 24k gold plated plug hahaha so ridiculous!

Then we went back and listened to music and watched funny videos and ate dominoes pizza! Tomorrow is our day off! So excited! 

June 17, 2009

Was sick and creating self-entertainment most of the day. I watched the fashion channel in English, very enlightening- HA! Funny that that’s the channel in English here.
The team came back at 5 and we went to Maddai’s grandma’s house and ate cake. I swear cake is nothing special to this culture. I’ve had it twice, maybe more, since I’ve been here, less than one week.
Then we went to the neighborhood and cleaned up the paint and moved it to shelter from the rain, then subway. And then had a beautiful night downtown at the park and went to Miley’s favorite, The Italian Coffee Company.
Heres our group: From top left- Samuel, Miguel; Bottom left: Maddai, Miley, me, and Danielle:
When we went home Danielle and I read the best of CL (craigslist, its one of our new favorite nightly activities) and all went to bed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June 16

I am sick, sick, sick! 

I stayed home from ministry today :-(

At one point during my day of rest and sickness the District Superintendent's wife (Judith) came in and woke me up and asked if herself and her husband could pray for me. It didn't quite register that they would be entering my room and not just praying for me alone. Mario (the DS) had me open to the book of James and read chapter 5:13-15, which says:

"13Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven."

After they anointed my forehead with oil and prayed over my body. It was different! At first thought, OH MY GOODNESS! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! Then I thought ya know they really do this here and they are so kind and wonderful people. 

Anyways, not much else happened on my end during the day. I had a great conversation with my dad today, finished a book (Black by Ted Dekker), watched part of a movie, slept, got a really encouraging and clearing of the thoughts email from my missionary friend Scott Armstrong, and was sick all day. I'm not much better now unfortunately. I'm hoping it will change by the morning, though I've obtained a fever recently.

Some things to keep in your thoughts and prayers for the team are:
*Good communication within the team
*Healing of the body and mind and spirit
*Joy and passion in everything we do and with everyone we serve

Love you all! Blessings!

June 15

This morning Danielle and I made flyers for the day's events in the neighborhood instead of going to the market in the morning with Mayalou and Maddai. 
Then we all met up and went to a few stores collecting the supplies we needed for the day. 
We went to the neighborhood and made paint and painted trees (just the bottom half) to prevent insects from eating away at them. We painted 11 trees and then took a break for lunch around 1:30 pm. We have 64 trees to paint total! And today there were only 5 of us painting. It was still fun!

We started set up for Remi at about 3 pm and I learned more songs to the routine to teach the kids and we practiced a little. At first no kids showed up until about a half an hour after Remi was suppose to start and then the kids started appearing within thin air. It was fun and less awkward to be Cometa this time, though some of the kids stared at me with something that resembled fear or question. 

Me as Cometa:

Afterward we got ready for the Jesus Film. Took down all the REmi stuff and carried all the chairs up the stairs and the hill (for the Jesus Film set up) - I think I am getting some serious muscle from the hills. The Jesus Film unfortunately didn't happen (due to lack of sound) but I'm getting pretty good at scaling concrete walls to set up for it. Mayalou preached instead of doing the film. 

Then we just went back to Maddai's house for dinner around 9 pm. Their meal times here, are so different! It's hard for the stomach and brain to get used to. But we didn't stay as long as normal because I wasn't feeling well.  I think Danielle was excited to get back too and take showers-we were all covered in paint-and rest. Did I mention her Grandpa died earlier this morning? So rough. So sad, we're just trying to be a strong support. She just wants to keep busy and wants a passion and joy to be here, she is struggling to find that right now. 


June 14

Today was our first day in a neighborhood in Xalapa (about 15 minutes away from where we are staying) where we will be working for the next week, I believe. 
At 7:30 am we all headed to the market. Danielle and Mayalou went to meet a woman we've been talking to there and building a relationship with and Maddai and I went to the store and got some things for the next week. 
I learned the new Remi -a puppet and clown show about a traveling missionary- routine a little bit before we actually set up and started. I was kind of proud of myself for being so flexible and learning so quickly. We were told lots of people from  the church were going to come and help but they didn't show up until much later in the afternoon. As Danielle and I set up for Remi and they rest of the group did some evangelism around the neighborhood with the evangecube. Danielle and Danny (one of the kids from the market) did the the puppets. Danielle does a good Remi (the traveling missionary puppet), Mayalou was the presenter and I was Cometa (the clown who can only talk through her radio spacial hat - the program thats on a CD). It wasn't as hard as I thought it was in the past or as I thought it was going to be, because I never wanted to be Comet last summer. It's still kind of hard because I'm not allowed to talk and kids are starting to wonder if I am Cometa outside of the puppet show time. But I guess my very and active and excited expressions/emotions are being put to good use. I can just make lots of faces (funny of course). It's different, but in a way, I'm used to it. I love, love, love, love working with the kids! We played games with kids after Remi and I made ballon animals for them. After we went to Maddai's house and had lunch. Then Miguel, Danielle and I went on an adventure and walked to the store.
When we got back we went back to the neighborhood and some groups went to go evangelize while Danielle and I stayed behind to set up the Jesus film. And got some good time to talk. 
The Jesus Film was good and we went to sleep soon after.

Monday, June 15, 2009


I am sick! Not fun, but I will have lots to update soon. So much has happened in the past 2 days. Everything requires much flexibility but its fun.

Also, please keep my team in your thoughts and prayers. 
Here are some prayer requests:

*Danielle, the other American here, lost her Grandpa today and her other Grandpa earlier in the week. I'm so sad for her and we are just trying to stay busy and be a good support. Pray that we can be a good support for her and do anything we can to help her. Also, pray that she can find the passion and joy to be here during this time.
*I am sick and my leg is infected. 
*Please pray for good time management and good communication. 

Thank you everyone! Love you all! Hope all is well!

Friday, June 12, 2009

I made it!

I finally got to Xalapa after 23 hours of travel- from my house to finally the District Superintendents house in Xalapa. Which is where we're staying for the next 2 weeks.

I first arrived to Mexico City, Mexico and Blanca Sierra picked me up from the airport (her and her husband are missionaries in Mexico City and are both from Puerto Rico, Ramon-her husband- was raised in NYC). They both spoke English fluently, but often forgot what language they were speaking to me in. They are so nice! 
Ramon was teaching an intensive masters program during the day and I took a 2-3 hour nap (after a sleepless trip) at their house. Then after he was done teaching we all ate lunch together and hopped on a bus to Xalapa, in which the movie Spiderwick played and I definitely wished it was in English/knew more Spanish to understand, because I've always wanted to see that movie. 
Maddai, her mom and her brother Miguel picked the 3 of us up at the airport. Lets just say it was a tight car ride and a good welcome into Mexico. I started to get really excited to be in Mexico and to go during my travels.
I still have a lot of mixed emotions but I know that God has a lot left to teach me, yet I feel like the short 24 hours I've been here I've learned so much. 
It was really great to meet Danielle, the other American here. She is from Michigan and goes to Olivet Nazarene University and so so sweet and fun. I think we will have a great time of learning and giving to God's people. She is about to teach me some of the things we're going to be doing tomorrow. We are going to be working across town with a community and doing vacation Bible school (puppet shows, clowns and singing) and I think other things working with the community. I will find out tomorrow. 
Today we sat in on some Discipleship Lesson lectures that Blanca and Ramon taught which was interesting but still kind of hard to understand. I'm picking up things already though, which is great!
After that and a little bit of rest and a big lunch we went to her cousins birthday party, Tinkerbell themed party. So cute. Most all of Maddai's family was there and it was so great to see them.

For those of you that don't know. Maddai is the leader of this trip, she is the evangelism coordinator in her district in Mexico and we met last summer on our team serving in Guatemala. She is a wonderful friend. 

I need to be up at 6 am and still have some training to do. 

Goodnight and blessings to all!

P.S. Would be great if you could pray for my heart and my stomach, its been hurting.  Thank you!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Packing and Sewing

I can't believe I leave tomorrow night. I don't feel rushed like I usually do going away on a trip. I know I still have a lot to accomplish and lots of faces to see but I'm confident. Not that I haven't had a few tears fall over the thought of leaving my friends and my brother who is going to China! right before I return but God has provided the way.

Well almost, I'm getting ready to set up my online donation site. I just found out I need to try and raise $1,000. It's more than I thought but covers the plane ticket and some extra costs along the way. I really hope I can raise all the money over the summer. I will post a link here to that website once I get it worked out. Don't feel a pressure to donate, though gifts are much appreciated. I just love that you all can feel a part of this adventure with me.

I am leaving Friday @12:30 AM and get into Mexico City @ 10:15 AM on Friday. A missionary couple who I believe grew up in the U.S.A. are going to be picking me up from the airport and then we will all be going down to Xalapa in the state of Veracruz at 4 or 5 o clock when the Ramon (Mr. of the missionary couple) gets done teaching class. I'm not entirely sure what's going on after that. I believe its a 4 hour drive to Xalapa from Mexico City. Pray for safety. But I'm hoping to get a nap in between all the travel times.

I will let you all know that I got in safely. I think at this point, it would be great to have your thoughts and prayers heading this way as I get prepared to leave all of you for the summer and head down to build relationships and be the hand or foot of God. 


Monday, June 8, 2009

The Beginning

Well, folks, it’s been an interesting twist of events the last couple of months.

I guess it all started about a year ago right around now.

Almost a year ago, I followed a call God had given for my life. I went on a trip to Central America and lived for the summer, doing mission work, learning, living with God's people and being the hands and feet of Christ (especially for those that couldn't actually transport themselves down there). 

When I got back to the United States in the fall I missed my home, my home in Central America. Where part of my heart will always lie. I never wanted to leave the beautiful country and stop doing such in depth work with God and His so friendly people. So I made a deal with God -well more like, I knew what He wanted for me and I just needed to wait and have patience- to wait for a while before I went on another mission and work on my degree. Even though I so strongly desired to go on missions and be home.  

About 4 months ago I went to Mexico and followed the cry of my heart and my purpose in life. I again never wanted to leave because I could feel Christ so strongly calling me to that part of the country and to His people there. But I knew I would be back again, actually a little less than 5 months from that date in December. So I was at a peace because I knew I would be home again.

This is how I feel when I am living the cry of my heart and where I am suppose to be: 

"Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them."

Hebrews 11:16 

I felt the most at home. 

My heart is broke, because of the swine flu. Not just because I wasn’t able to be there, but because I knew I couldn’t be there. My friends and my family, my heavenly country was in trouble and I couldn’t help. I had to just pray. It's not that I hadn’t given it all to God and put it in His hands. I have.  (Or so I thought).

I had never felt such a strong call upon my heart from the Lord. At the time that my emotions were at peak (ultimate frustration, disappointment and sadness), during particular time, I hadn’t slept in 2 days because I couldn’t seem to let this fall and die and let it rest. I had too much on my heart and too much to think about and pray about to sleep. I felt so close to God and was so happy about that. I just wished I could be there. My heart really hurt.

Since that time, God has given me peace. I have realized that I need to create that Heavenly place where my heart resides here (in Portland) and allow myself to grow and mature in Him and be able to be this person that needs to grow and become the person I've grown so far from. I decided that I needed to work on myself and this person and just areas in my life. I decided that that’s what my summer was going to be dedicated to. And it took me an entire year to get to this point of realization and growth.


On Tuesday, June 2nd Joel Tooley (one of the heads of Youth in Mission- the organization I traveled with last summer to Central America) and Scott Armstrong (a missionary that lead my group in Central America) called me. Telling me that one of the two girls on the American team going to Veracruz, Mexico for the summer had a emotional break down (it’s ended up being a really good thing for her and she has totally peace about it and feels that its in God’s plan for her to be home and I’m proud of her) when she got to Mexico and went home two days later. So they offered me her spot. I told them I didn't have the money and they said I could have her money she fundraised and pay for my ticket. While I was in Mexico I could just try and see what money I could raise and through that pay them back for the plane ticket.

I told them I'd think and pray about it and let them know the following morning, and talk to my parents about it.

Then a camp that I applied to the previous week called me, about an hour. The camp director asked me asked me if I was still interested in working at camp and I was at a loss for words. So I told him the situation and he told me to go. He asked me if I had to choose between Trout Creek and Mexico in the next 5 seconds what I would choose and I automatically said Mexico...I didn't really even think about it. So I told him I was praying about it and he essentially told me I should go but said that if I didn't there would be most likely be a place for me at camp.

After so much prayer, thought, reading the Word, talking with my parents, praying with my parents, and talking to friends. I made a decision that night: not to go to Mexico, to stay home and really plant roots where I am meant to be. I told my friend Steve this whole story and he asked me who needed me the most. I really struggled with that and decided that my attitude going into serving from last summer in Central America to what I was about to do now was entirely different. My pastor, Jim Wicks, talked with me a few months back about having a servants heart and going into places and serving. Not trying to get an experience or “camp high” out of the serving but really giving your heart to those people and giving to them. I knew that if I chose to go, I wouldn’t have a “camp high” in Mexico. I knew that my heart was where God wanted it to be. After praying so much that He would prepare my heart for the service ahead and get it ready, He really did. And with that, I decided, they really needed me in Mexico. So as much as I desire to plant seeds and roots in Portland, it can wait. And I’m going to Mexico this summer to serve the community and love like Christ did. So I hope you will read my adventures and the way that God is stretching me and still preparing my heart for what is to come but most of allowing me to simply be a tool and Him to really be at work.  I hope that you may also partner in prayer with me for this summer and the things to come, that I can really be the woman of Christ He desires and my heart will be in the right place all the while.

I know so long, almost done!

I leave on Friday morning at 12:30 am and arrive in Mexico City at 10:15 am. I am being picked up by some missionaries there and later in the evening driving to Xalapa, which is where we will be stationed/be able to call home for the summer well parts of it.

I will let you all know what I’m up to as often as I can through this blog! And pass the link on to your friends and family!

Blessings to you all!