Mexico Mission Trip

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Family Updates, Featured, Ministry Reports, Photo Galleries | 22 comments

 

This past week we were on a missions trip in Mexico. In 2008, a church youth group came to the ministry where we have served so all of their young people could attend a Journey to the Heart. These young people had worked all sorts of odd jobs making and selling tamalis, washing cars and cleaning houses to save up enough money to travel up to Chicago and attend this ten-day life-changing retreat. On that particular Journey to the Heart, Priscilla helped run the kitchen and immediately won the hearts of many of the young people with her cooking skills and joyful attitude. Several of the young people stayed on afterwords to help in various ways at the ministry. For many years now we have wanted to go to Mexico to visit them and share in their church and with their youth group.DavidlovesPriscilla00001

We first arrived in the city of Guadalajara and stayed at a beautiful home off of Lake Chapala. DavidlovesPriscilla00003

The first day we were there, our kind hosts gave us a grand tour of down town Guadalajara. At one point we were at some very busy market locations and we began passing out little portions of Scripture. People seemed to come from all directions and eagerly took the tracts. Several came back and asked for more for friends or family. What a refreshing experience! In a little over an hour, over a 1,000 tracts were passed out.

DavidlovesPriscilla00005We were then treated to a very nice dinner. The steak was AMAZING and it was only around $10. It was called arrachera! Yum!!!DavidlovesPriscilla00006

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After a fun day in Guadalajara area, we flew to Los Mochis where this church and youth group is from. We enjoyed reuniting with old friends and making many new ones too.
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The church kindly arranged opportunities for us to minister in various ways such as this local orphanage that was just started two years ago by a couple in their early twenties who just had their first child of their own. They are doing a great job caring for an additional thirteen precious children.
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It was neat to witness the faith they have that God will provide for their needs.DavidlovesPriscilla00010

David had the opportunity to teach several object lessons as well as have the children act out a story that he told which emphasized the need for truthfulness.DavidlovesPriscilla00011

The young lady next to Priscilla has become the only mother some of these children have known since they have been rescued from the streets.???????????????????????????????

Several times on this trip, Priscilla had the precious opportunity to share the Gospel and led several young people to place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.DavidlovesPriscilla00012

It was fun to see the young people from the youth group of the church we were serving with get involved in helping needy children and pouring love on them. Here we all piled together for a quick picture before we had to take off.DavidlovesPriscilla00013

On the way home from the orphanage, we stopped to get some food with the young people we ministered along side.DavidlovesPriscilla00014

Since Los Mochis is along the coast, sea food is plentiful and super delicious.DavidlovesPriscilla00015

On Sunday, David had the opportunity to share a message with the whole church. DavidlovesPriscilla00016

Afterwords, we gathered with several of the families at the pastor’s house for a time of fellowship. Often, we find that ministry can happen just as much around the meal table as from a pulpit (it can be super enjoyable too :-). DavidlovesPriscilla00017

Several ladies of the church helped with final chopping of vegetables.DavidlovesPriscilla00018

These twin boys took their duty seriously of guarding the quesadillas.
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On Sunday afternoon, many of the young people took us out to the sandy beaches on the ocean for a game of soccer and then David gave another message.

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In all, David ended up sharing six messages with the church young people and Priscilla along with Tabitha Paine shared some other messages for the girls.DavidlovesPriscilla00038

On one particular evening, while David met with the young men, Priscilla and Tabitha invited many of the girls over to talk about how to guard their heart.DavidlovesPriscilla00026

For a fun project, they made American style brownies…DavidlovesPriscilla00027

And American style cup cakes.???????????????????????????????

They were a hit!DavidlovesPriscilla00020

We had the privilege of meeting the families of some of the young people who came to Chicago for the Journey to the Heart, some of which had stayed on to continue serving for a season.DavidlovesPriscilla00021 We had the privileged of visiting another orphanage run by an American couple that specifically reaches out to those who are deaf and mute. Paul made fast friends with many young people.DavidlovesPriscilla00034DavidlovesPriscilla00035

Lunch time is a great time to expand our very limited Spanish vocabulary. DavidlovesPriscilla00022

David again had the opportunity to share the importance of building lives of good character one choice at a time.DavidlovesPriscilla00023 DavidlovesPriscilla00025 DavidlovesPriscilla00030

Cooking lessons were underway as Priscilla refined her skills and learned new tips on preparing Mexican Cuisine.???????????????????????????????

A few months ago, the young people received some Dutch Blitz cards. I never would have known that they just learned how to play, because they were incredibly good and very fast.DavidlovesPriscilla00028

On our last day there, they surprised us by renting a special boat to take us on a tour. We enjoyed it very much. We saw dolphins, sea lions, and all sorts of birds plus we enjoyed the fellowship with the young people as well.DavidlovesPriscilla00029

Please pray for the people of Mexico!
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I love the Scripture, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).

22 Comments

  1. Wow. You guys are doing such a wonderful job. It very encouraging. Priscilla you inspire me to become more like Christ in my responses. You are truly a blessed woman. You have such a gentle and quiet spirit.
    stay blessed

    Teboho,

    From South Africa

  2. That looked so exciting. I am so glad that all went well! It is so awesome to see what God is doing in other countries, we always need a reminder that there are many others that do not know the Gospel. Thank you for sharing this post!

  3. Thanks so much for that video message, Priscilla!

  4. was a lovely treat and a blessing if any he had here in Los Mochis. Wishing to see you soon, the Lord continue to bless their lives greatly.
    a hug.

  5. I loved all of the new Photos, I’m so glad & thrilled to hear that David and Priscilla had a great time in Mexico, so did everyone else who did these Wonderful things for all of the Kids, glad someone is looking out for all of them, especially the Woman looking out for the other 13 Kids, when she and her Husband just had their 1st Child, congrats to them on doing that, etc.

  6. Just to let you know, if you buy your plane tickets online you should delete your browser cookies(or your search history) because air fare goes up when you searched a site multiples…just thought this may help since you like to travel.

  7. You are working so hard for the Lord. You encourage me to keep striving when I feel down. It is a blessing to see godly families at work when this world is getting darker before Jesus coming. Thank you for your ministry and may God bless you.

  8. Wow Priscilla,

    I have to say that you look absolutely amazing. I can’t believe you are the mother of such a young child. What were your secrets to getting back into shape so quickly?

    With thanks!

    Julie

  9. hello david and priscilla

    I really glad to have been able to visit Mexico should be very nice to spend a few days in warmer atmosphere after the harsh winter that are happening at home.

    I am delighted to know there are people who still works for the good of children and ensures that conoscan God and know everything you do for us daily.

    hopefully at some point have the opportunity to graduate to mexico but this time to visit some of the southern states in this country will always be welcome and also for priscilla can amplir your Mexican food recipes.

    very grateful for your visit to my beloved country and as we say Mexicans.

    BACK SOON (VUELVE PRONTO)

  10. I’m sure it was nice to experience a warmer climate this time of year!

    Do either of you speak Spanish? Or did you have someone interpret for you? Or did those you ministered to speak English? Just curious how you communicated with everyone.

  11. Love reading your posts! Have some questions if you don’t mind! What does David do? Do you plan on Homeschooling your children?

  12. was a huge blessing to have them here, we hope they can return soon.!
    a hug and blessings

  13. This looks amazing! Congrats! I heard through the grapevine Priscilla was pregnant again. It is wonderful to see young couples welcoming children from The Lord!

    • That is news to us, but you are right that we would welcome any blessings God would send our way. I am sure if and when God does bless us with expecting a child we will let everyone know in due time.

  14. Wow lol are yall ever home?!? Plus do you and Priscilla (or have you) watch the ball drop on News Years?

  15. How exciting for you guys to get to travel so much! Paul is blessed with experiences at even such a young age. Priscilla, what do your daily routines and days look like when you are at home?

  16. You work very hard but you see beautiful places and help many people…….good job!

    how many trips do you make in a year?

  17. I miss updates from you guys! I hope all is well.

  18. Thank you for coming to Mexico!
    People here desperately need to know about our Savior.
    Please encourage more people to come to preach the good news of Jesus.

    And as you said, Please pray for the people of Mexico!

    In Christ,

  19. Hi,
    Is Priscilla pregnant again?
    Love Ashley

  20. It was a pleasure to have you with us. we rejoice that you had a nice time and it has been a blessing for us to also receive messages from the word of God through you.
    don´t forget that you have a great family here in Los Mochis who loves you in Christ and will always welcome you with open arms!
    blessings and our prayers are with you about the situation that are happening in the IBPL! A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity

  21. Comment Dios es Fiel y llega en momento preciso, así fue su visita aquí en Los Mochis, por medio de sus muestras de aprecio y preocupación, amor en el servicio al Señor, Dios me confió de nuevo: Yo estaré contigo, hasta el fín del mundo.Dios les siga bendiciendo.

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