Monday, August 4, 2008

update

We have had a couple of busy days here so we have not taken the time to update our blog. Here is a quick update.

Saturday began slowly with cleaning and putting together equipment for Carl whose mission home we were staying in. At 2:00 we decided to head to the orphanage in the mountains for a couple of hours. Turns out it was a God appointment. The Pastor who was going to drive us there was ill so he gave us directions. It took us about an hour to get there. When we arrived the couple who heads up the mission teams was just about to leave to pick up several people from the Monterrey airport. She ( Rebekah) was completely stressed out and crying. The last thing she wanted to do was drive 1.5 hours to the airport. Eric offered to drive instead and the kids and I dug into cleaning out the pantry. We were there for 7 hours because the flight was late and then the van was leaking diesel fuel on the return trip. Not every gas station in Mexico sells diesel so it was a long journey back for Eric. The kids and I had a good time playing with the local kids but boy was it hot and the dust storms were nasty. On our way back to Saltillo we found out that we had to move from our current mission home to the home of another missionary couple because a team had arrived early. We were stripping beds and cleaning at 11:00 and then we moved into another house that was really lived in. The couple did not know we would be staying in their home so they did not have it prepared. Needless to say we were up late.

Sunday we went to the Saltillo International Church. It is an English church so we met several ex-pat couples who are here with Innotech and GM. They invited us to a BBQ where we spent the entire afternoon. One of the couples has their home 3 miles from our home in Holland and knows some of the same people we do.

Today we painted the bathrooms of the church and helped with VBS. The kids had a really good time with VBS. It is their 3rd one this summer. We were all tired so we ate at McDonalds and then took a short swim.

We still are unclear about whether or not this is where God wants us to be. There are definately needs here for clean water in the local villages but there are several organizations that could be trained to make the bio-sand filters and distribute them through the churches. We are continuing to pray that God would make it clear.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

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