It is hard to believe that we have already been here five days! The time is passing by far too quickly as our admiration for Mexico continues to grow. Today has been no exception.
After a wonderful breakfast of fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, toast, and cereal, once again the team headed to Central Cristiano Transformación to continue work on our painting and construction projects. The entrance gate we had been working on all week only had a few sections left to be painted. Some of the team finished it while the rest continued sawing, sealing, sanding, and staining wood for the kitchen counter and cabinets we began building yesterday.
Once the various pieces for the cabinet were made, we began putting together the drawers and doors for the counter. Regardless of our experience in construction, everyone has jumped in and been willing to help with whatever is needed. We are learning that not everything turns out exactly right all the time (despite our best attempts at measuring and cutting things correctly), but the project has been a good exercise in patience, perseverance, and problem-solving! All-in-all, we think the cabinets are shaping up quite well.
In the evening, we attended a prayer service at Transformación. It was good to worship again in this cross-cultural setting. Even though the turnout was much smaller than Sunday morning, the singing was still quite robust and passion-filled. The various times of prayer throughout the service gave us a chance to experience the sincerity and devotion of the church. Such depth of dialogue with God and one another is often a rare experience.
At the end of the prayer service, the team received an unexpected blessing when Pastor Otoniel had the team come before the church. He took time to pray over each person, laying hands on us as he asked God to work in each of us in very specific ways. He has been a great friend to our team this week. We truly appreciate his leadership in the church as well as his investment in us as we have worked and worshiped with him during our time in Mexico.
Our day ended with a unique dinner following the prayer service. Just around the corner from the church is a hot dog stand where Bill and Lydia Allshouse (our missionary host family) like to sometimes eat. They decided to take us over to try a “Hot Dog Especial” for supper. As you can see from the picture (and read in the caption), this is a special hot dog that we will not soon forget!
- Jonathan Powers