Peace, joy, and energy found in the heart of serving, is this week's theme. Many of you may know that The last time that Brandon and I were serving here at the mission, we became burned out very easily. This week has proven that that is no longer an issue. God has showed us his heart in us being here, and that is an endless outpouring of his love on those around us and from those around us.
This week, not only did we rearrange Brandon's office to make it more inviting, get my classroom ready for tomorrow, and attend the grand opening of conexiones a new coffee shop on the mission with the goal of strengthening relationships, we also filled our evenings with kids, and a basketball team.
Brandon was honored when the basketball team leader presented him with 2nd and 3rd place trophies the team had won "while wearing the jerseys" he brought down. They wanted to say thank you and that was such an honor.
We also had some girls over to teach them how to play spades, and we laughed so hard we were crying! It was such a fun bonding time and we absolutely loved it! Never once did we feel overwhelmed.
Perhaps the most beautiful part of this week was visitation Sunday. Visitation Sunday is the one day out of the month that the social services of Mexico allows the family of the children to come visit them for five hours. Very few of the children here at the orphanage actually get a visit from family. That in and of itself turns visitation Sunday into a pretty dreary day that most children do not look forward to. But on the contrary, the staff is also allowed to visit whichever children they desire. Therefore Brandon and I chose a family of four to take out. We were encouraged to take an entire family of siblings, so that it would feel more like a family, and so that they could continue to build the relationships as brothers and sisters. We were so tickled to be able to spend time with Dulce (13), Miguel(10), Leslie (9) and Perla (3). We took them to pizza, then to adventures at the beach where we looked for fun and interesting discoveries, and finally to ice cream in the park. It was beautiful to see them together as a family, playing and laughing making memories. It was hard for them to say goodbye but we are looking forward to the next outing with them!
Thank you for your continued support! We need it!