Before The Gym….

I’m impatient and stubborn. I suppose it is something that I was born with. As I child, I remember sitting in the car, stomping on the horn trying to rush my mom to go to the beach. Mind you anyone that knew my mom, knows that she was always an hour late. I think it was God’s way of trying to teach me patience back then. But as often happens, the lessons you refuse to learn you get to learn over and over.
There are certain things that you just can’t rush, like the tomatoes in my garden that have not turned red yet, or baking a cake (when you try, the outside burns and the inside remains raw).

Yet still there are those things in life that your dream about, then put on a shelf, or maybe even forget about entirely. Then, several years later, you find yourself doing exactly what you said you wanted to do. That happened to me. When I was a young mom I used to wIMG_4884ork out to Denise Austin on T.V. She was an instructor from my hometown who would go to different resorts around the world and teach fitness. I remember saying, “I would love a job like that.” Three years ago, while on my very first Fitness Vacation Exchange, I was walking down the street in Playa del Carmen and the light bulb went off; God had put this dream in my heart 20 years ago and without even knowing, He brought it to pass. I was teaching Aqua Zumba and Zumba at a resort in Cancun, Mexico and sending other instructors to resorts to do the same.

Isaiah 30:18

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Thirteen years ago, my husband and I were walking the beach and he shared with me his dream. He wanted to have a bed and breakfast for “burned out” pastors. A place that pastors and their wives could come to rest, reflect and recharge. As a pastor, he’d been there and understoIMG_6115od the demands of the position and the need to get away and connect with the Lord. His dream, like mine,  was put on the shelf, and then God, in his glorious timing has opened the door.

A few years ago we moved to Cozumel, Mexico to serve as full time missionaries. We fell in love with the people. God has given us a passion for them that rivals our youth ministry days. We train up local pastors for ministry. We serve the local congregations in various ways,  train and love people in the gym and dance world, practice and teach sustainable agriculture, aquaponics and soon beekeeping.  We have chickens, turkeys, parakeets, a dog,  tilapia, fruit and vegetable gardens and as mentioned above, bees. Like many things that one delights in, we want to share our world with others. The Lord has put it on our hearts to welcome pastors and their wives for a retreat that will hopefully serve as a spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual catalyst.

There are several different options, but they would all begin with a delicious, homemade breakfast with ingredients straight from the farm; eggs, turkey bacon, fresh fruit, breads IMG_5636and coffee. After breakfast, you can chose to relax at the pool, take the bikes to the beach for a snorkel, paddle board, workout at the gym or do aqua Zumba. All activities are led by members of our Christian communities.  You can go on a historical excursion, tour, scuba dive, take a Spanish class, assist in an outreach, help at the orphanage or Sober Living House, learn aquaponics, sustainable agriculture techniques or do nothing at all. This retreat is designed for you to learn and experience something new.  It is our goal is to help meet pastors’ needs, and provide an environment for them to rest, recharge and learn something about Mexico and its greatest treasure – the people.  Please contact Eric at for more info.

In the photos below: Turtle Rescue, Horseback Riding, Pool, Outreach, Snorkeling,Beaches

ImageThank you for your prayers and continued support!

Outreach Update


We have had the opportunity to do some amazing outreaches these last few months. At Christmas, we had two different families contact us after reading our blog. They were coming to Cozumel on vacation and wanted to help. They wanted their children to experience giving and be part of the mission field. The only day that they were both available was Christmas Eve. It was perfect. God laid it on our hearts to bless the people in the squatter’s village of Las Fincas. At first, it was just about giving them a rotisserie chicken meal to add to their Christmas Eve dinner. Then God made it into a community outreach. We invited a local church to join us and give a Christmas service. They are currently building a church in Las Fincas and it gave them the perfect opportunity to reach out to the community. We set up right in the middle of the muddy street.

Many people came out to meet us and several people received prayer. The chickens were like the fish and loaves, we had such an abundance that after the service as we drove back to town we handed them out to families along the road. That day we gave out over 200 meals to needy families, but most importantly, we saw the work of the Lord in people’s lives, and the people received the Word of God.

Today, our church will be hosting another outreach.  We are reaching out to the children  in the neighborhood with a family movie night. Last week we started promoting it, handing out flyers in the park and surrounding areas. What the volunteers shared with us, after handing out flyers, burdened our heart. Twelve year old kids were stumbling around drunk in the park. A couple of 14 year olds were in the outhouse smoking weed. What is happening? These are kids the same age as ours. Their hearts are sweet. They are there with homemade kites trying to fly them, crying when they break. But are being lured into darkness. It is our hope to provide them with a place to come. A place to learn about Jesus and the hope and promises that He gives us. Please pray for our outreach and these precious children.

The Training School

We are excited to share with you all about our training school on missions, sustainable agriculture, aquaponics and beekeeping soon. Stay tuned as we post again this week with additional opportunities for you and your church!

If you would like be part of making a difference in changing lives, one family at a time, please pray for us and consider donating to 7 Day Hero Mexico through Pay Pal’s secure system at the link below, or email Eric at for more details.ImagePayPal.Me/7dayheromexico