We have been living in Cozumel just over a month now. It has taken some time to getting used the Country, culture and language, but daily we grow in the love for the people and the home God has placed us in.
It is amazing to watch and see God work in our hearts and how He open doors for His word to go out. A few weeks ago we drove through a very poor community, Las Fincas, located just outside the walls of the orphanage. We saw families living in stick hovels with no running water or electricity. Our hearts went out. The next Sunday we learned that the local church we attend has property located in Las Fincas and that they want to use the land for a mission. I asked the pastor, “If we were to build a display garden and offer classes do you think the people of Las Fincas would be interested in learning how to build square meter gardens and grow their own food?” She said, “YES!” and suggested that we build them on the church’s property right in the middle of Las Fincas
We couldn’t be more thrilled. The land is about an acre and has been overtaken by the jungle, but as the neighbor says, “It is good land.” Eric and I began clearing it yesterday and within an hour we were able to clear enough plants to see the fence. Today we will clear a section in the corner where we will begin our compost pile. The overall goal will be to build a Mission Center for the people of Las Fincas. Here they will be able to get training on how to compost, build rain catchment systems and square meter boxes for the garden. It will also be a place to host medical and dental mission teams, tutoring services for the children, church services, and eventually a farmer’s market.
So….. for some personal insight into our daily lives.
Gia has been invited to part of local dance group for Carnival. Kailea has been a little motorcycle mamma scootering all over the island with Eric and making friends with a local girl, MaraJo who loves the ocean as much as Kailea and whose family owns a snack bar on the beach. Tonka has aquired his movie star status and is awaiting his first starring role in Perro de Fuerte. (Dog of Strength) And, as for Eric, God decided to make him an object lesson on the old testament. While doing good deeds fixing the fence in the orphange to keep iguanas out, he got in a tangle with the poison wood tree and was struck by a loathsome rash that began on his arms, rapidly spread to his chest and torso- and because he was stupid, and went the gym and rubbed his sweat off his face with his shirt, it enhanced his features even more. See pictures below.
But if that wasn’t enough, he was asked to preach on Sunday. After icing his face for 3 hours in the morning, Eric was confident that he could pull it off. However, after only a couple of minutes in the pulpit the puffy eyed frog appeared – Eric couldn’t read his notes, see the Bible and when his throat closed up it was all over. We are hoping he will be asked to preach again, might be waiting a while.
The church we go to on the island sponsors children to go to school. In Mexico, the public schools require that the students pay an enrollment fee, plus pay for their uniforms and school supplies (including things like toilet paper). Many families can’t afford to send their children and thus the cycle of poverty is perpetuated. We put together supplies for 28 children and hosted the families at the pastor’s home to pass out the supplies. It was an amazing blessing to see how joyful and excited the children were to be able to go to school.Everyday brings new challenges and new friends. we absolutely adore the people here. There is need here, as there is need in a lot of areas of the world, for us God has placed a passion for these people, at this time, at this place. Anytime we feel down, a walk through the town square reminds us why we are here. The smiles and waves make us feel at home, reenergized, and ready to serve anew.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers. If you would like to help out with the school children or community gardens you can donate at paypal.me/7dayheromexico