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Mexico Trip Update - Day 6

An update from Thursday

The crew is currently on their way home (last night when we spoke with Dennis, they were in Alamagordo at 9:30pm). The border crossing on the way out went fine.

The held their outreach program and 40 kids came. It was a great little outreach; they had a carnival, played soccer with the kids, and Mr. Hernandez shared the gospel to kids. Also, they reached out to 15 teenagers from the community. Chris Sanner did some team building with those teens and shared a message.

The hard-working crew finished tiling the kitchen and completed the plumbing (but found out there were leaks, so they couldn't finish it. Please pray that can get done soon!).

They are hoping to return home by 4pm today!

Stay tuned for pictures from the trip....

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Mexico Trip Update - Day 5

(written late Wednesday evening)

Chris Sanner headed up the training on the new elements and it all went really well with the pastors and seminar students. The Lord answered prayer today, visibly to us, when we prayed for the winds to clam down in order to allow the training to take place. So amazing! Also, a few of the girls in our group were able to watch / play with the trainnee's children for the whole time when the parents were getting trained.

We're doing a community day outreach, so we needed to paint the signs for the carnival games - we finished painting those today. Tommorrow is the children's outreach, part two of the elements training, and then the teen outreach in the afternoon. We will be packing up and leaving right after the teen outreach to come back into the US for the evening.

Also, here are a few other things that were accomplished:
  • The tile is all laid -- just one room is needing grout.
  • The 10,000-litre tank was filled today and is almost ready for us to turn the water on - hopefully today, still!
  • Two houses near Anapra were also worked on for two single moms who each have 4 children. One lost a son in the last year due to a shooting (when he was standing near a friend whose brother was involved in drugs and a gang).
Thanks for praying!
Dennis

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Mexico Trip Update - Day 4

Tuesday was a productive day, even though the weather was very hot, which made the work quite exhausting. A few of the team got burned from the hot sun.

The team met with three pastors from the area and one of them shared a challenge in the evening. The Lord has been challenging us all to love each other in the group and those who we are ministering to in Mexico -- especially those who are not as easy to love (John 13:35).

We finished all the Team Adventure Challenge elements just in time for a team of 12 seminary student to go through the course tomorrow! Pease pray for Chris Sanner tomorrow, as he facilitates this in Spanish.

Over the next few days some of the team is going to go help fix up home for families where the mothers have cancer; they'll install doors, pour concrete floor (can you even imagine living with no doors or a dirt floor in your home?), and fix a roof - a very leaky roof.

We should be ready to turn the water at the LCI Center tomorrow. Up to this point the team has had to use buckets to carry all the water from a different location. The team has been working on laying tile in the main kitchen area at the center and it should be ready to use next week!

We sincerely appreciate the prayers, we feel the Lord's hand watching over us.

Please continue to pray for us - for outreach on Thursday and for Chris facilitating TAC tomorrow.

Thank you!!
Dennis

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Mexico Trip Update - Day 3

The trip is going well so far!

We are thankful to the Lord for safety and for the unity of the group working together. Tim Gamwell and Chris Sanner have spoken to us in the evenings and we had a great time of groups praying last night. It went longer than expected, but it was encouraging to all of the group. =)

We have had only one scorpion bite - which is like a nasty bee sting. We have seen other scorpions along with several black widows, but people are being very cautious when reaching into dark spots and before putting on shoes and getting into sleeping bags.

Yesterday, the wind was strong and blew dust and sand around. We experienced problems with sand in the eyes and hair, and the sand pelting the skin was a little uncomfortable. Despite all this, we are still encouraged by the opportunity to work and minister to the people in and around the Carlos Chavira compound (where we are working) and Hacienda (where we are staying).

We visited an Indian community and an orphanage/elderly care center on Sunday (as mentioned in the last update). It is so great to see God's faithfulness in such a poor area! The work went well on Monday with working on the water system at the Chavira compound. Water is very important here in the desert.

The construction of the team building program elements is going well, and we are getting ready for the training on Wednesday. Local seminary students and pastors are hoping to join us on Wednesday to receive training on the team building activities. Hopefully, the first group of local children will be on-site to use the program on Thursday.

The tile in the kichen areas is going well. Mary Ann and Mindy are heading this project, with several helpers. This will allow all the storage and prep areas to get completed.

Keep praying -- thanks!
Dennis

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Mexico Trip Update - Day 1/2

The crew arrived safely in Mexico yesterday morning after 31 hours straight of driving. Yesterday (Saturday) they were able to visit the LCI main campus in Juarez and plan out the things they will be doing over the next week, including:
  • design and build 8-10 team building elements for teens/adults
  • design and build 6 more teaching elements for children.
Today the group went to a bilingual church in Sunland Park, NM (just across the border from Juarez, Mexico). Then in the afternoon they went to visit an orphanage in Mexico, as well as a mission that works with the Tarahumara Indians who live in Jauarez. (The Tarahumara Indians are a group of indigenous people who come from a mountainous area, 8 hours south of Juarez, in hopes to find work to provide for their families.)

Thank you for your continued prayer support!

Keep checking back here or on Facebook for more updates.

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Upcoming Event {Mexico Mission Trip}

Our crew of 30+ people will be leaving for Juarez, Mexico this Friday, March 5th. Please keep us in your prayers as we spend the week serving the Lord down there. We're hoping to tile, dry wall, clean and paint around the LCI campus as well as visit an orphanage, hand out scripture materials and to participate in outreach to teens in the area.

We so appreciate your prayer support as we travel to Mexico!

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Mexico Mission Trip Update #2 - From Dennis

We thank the Lord for what He has taught us, what we have seen, and the work we were able to accomplish on this trip. During our evening study times we were encouraged and challenged as Tim Gamwell and Matt spoke to us. It is great to see that the Lord is teaching Matt so much as he serves here. It was also encouraging to be able to visit other ministries and see the work the Lord is doing through them.

A few praises from the trip…
  • We were able to complete the projects they had set aside for us to do; we tiled two bathrooms, a large kitchen and four bedrooms as well as built 30 bunk beds.
  • The Lord allowed us to travel down with an excess amount of food. We were able to leave it there to help in the community or with other groups that come to serve.
  • The transmission on the big blue van appears to have just overheated; it has been running fine all week.
  • We were thankful for safety on the trip. Other than increased police and military, we didn’t see or feel any increase in danger.
A few prayer requests…
  • Pray that our trip home would be safe.
  • Pray that the transmission on the van would not have any problems.
  • Because of the current conditions in Juarez, most mission groups have stopped traveling there for a time. Tim is still leading groups through LCI, so pray that the Lord will bring the group in order to accomplish the work that needs to be done.
  • We are headed over the border today (Thursday), in order to meet pick up the bus and transfer our stuff back to it. We will be staying in Texas tonight and hope to be home by noon on Saturday.
Thank you for your prayers!
Dennis

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Mexico Mission Trip Update - From Dennis

Our trip down was good except for the 40 mile detour we took when I took a wrong turn. When we got to the place we are staying in Mexico a leak in the transmission in of my big blue van started pouring out, not sure if it was just overheated or if we need to make other repairs. We thank the Lord it didn't happen on the trip down - God is good!

It is hot and dirty down here and our hearts are already being plowed. Matt spoke to our group and just about tore us up in committing our hearts more completely to the Lord. Pray our hearts will be ready to receive all the Lord wants to teach us.

We saw Bill Polasak and Parker Gamwell in church this morning. It was encouraging to hear that Bill (7 months after his stroke) is still printing tracts at the rate of over 2 million per year; and Parker just had one of his books on the Basics of Christian living printed again for India (now totaling over 650,000 copies for that region alone). It is incredible to see how God is using both of them in spite of their feeble bodies.

As far as safety goes it appears no different than past years except there are more searches and more police and military around.

There is so much work needed down here! It would take all night to convey just what we have seen so far. We went by one area today and saw over 10 new houses being built near the place Matthew is staying, all of them being built with pallets and cardboard. One looked nicer than the rest as the pallets looked all the same color. It brings a smile but also a sad heart as this is what some of the local people are looking forward and excited about, and reminds us again that we truly have so much.

Our materials are not delivered to the site yet for the bunk beds, so we will start a little later in the morning.

Thanks again - I appreciate your prayers!
Dennis

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