Hermosillo in Mexico, June 20 to June 25, 2010
by Danielle Hoel
June 21, 2010 at 12:05 AM
We made it! After a long journey we are getting settled in for the evening. Where did the day go? It's hard to believe we were in Tucson earlier today. Praise God for a successful border crossing and drive to Hermosillo! It's hot here, but the desert landscape is beautful. When we arrived in Hermosillo we were warmly welcomed by the pastors and congregations we will be serving this week, complete with songs, prayers, and testimonies for how long they have been praying to have a team come and help. We had our first Mexican meal and are getting ready for the next day's events. We are excited for all God has in store for us. Thanks for your prayers and helping us get here!
by Danielle Hoel
June 22, 2010 at 08:32 AM
It's only been one full day of ministry and God is already teaching us so much! We had a wonderful breakfast at Pastor Arturo's house, then headed off to our ministry site, Ebenezer church. There is a lot of work to be done! The pastor here said they have been praying for 12 years that a team would come and help, and now we are here! We spent the morning painting the church and the roof, then tearing down a dilapidated wall so that we can put a new concrete one in its place. It's a large project, but we know we can get it done. We got to split into groups and walk around the neighborhood to invite kids to vacation bible school as well. It's amazing how warm and friendly people are, even with our poor spanish skills!
God never stops
by Danielle Hoel
June 23, 2010 at 09:09 AM
It's the start of our last day of ministry already, and already we are sad to think about leaving. So much has happened in a short amount of time, and we'll have lots of stories to share when we come home. Yesterday we continued with our construction projects and laid the structure for the wall. There is a man from the church helping us by the name of Jesus, and we are glad to have him! Though he is quiet and a bit shy, we're becoming good friends. In the afternoon we had a chance to do more home visits and pray for a man who suffers from water retention. God encountered us in a powerful way as we prayed, and we are excited to hear how this man's life will be changed. We had even more kids show up for VBS too! God seems to be multiplying them each day. We'll see what today has in store!
Hard to say goodbye
by Danielle Hoel
June 24, 2010 at 11:05 PM
We just ended our final meeting and will be getting on the bus to head across the border tomorrow. The time has gone by so fast! We just finished our final meeting with the group after a surprise visit to nearby San Carlos for a recreation day. Yesterday was our last day of ministry and God blew us away with the incredible testimonies we heard and our own to share when we get home. We finished our work projects and spent most of the day with mercy ministry home visits. Talking with the people and hearing their stories has definately been the highlight of the trip. We had our final meeting with Ebenezer church and it was hard to say goodbye. A few of us shared testimonies from the week and one pastor shared a powerful message about taking the word of Jesus into all the places that still don't know him. We know this trip is just the beginning of following God's call.
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Your week of mission work in Hermosillo is coming to the end, but I hope it is only the beginning of the wonderful things all of you can do in the mae of Jesus. My prayer for you is that as you were the to bless other you also were being blessed. I'm sure you had some fun times along with the work. I'm anxious to hear all the stories. May you have a safe trip back home. God bless you.
Hello Jessie....What a great team picture of you, your friends and mentors! It sounds like everyone is having a great time and chipping in to support the mission's goals. Enjoy every minute of this great journey and cherish the memories and friendships. Safe travels and God Bless..........Mom and Dad.
Peanut Butter Head
Greetings from Maplewood and AV! No words can express how much of a blessing ALL of you are to God's beautiful world. Each one of you, so unique and different, all coming together within His hands to continue to live out the life of Jesus... how awesome! May the rest if your trip be blessed and continue serving the people of Hermosillo!! Love and miss you, Jeff! -Lots of love, Pnut and the rest of the Enkes!
Kaeden and Gracelyn Stevens
Hi Daddy, Mama showed us your picture and has been telling us all about the ways that you are serving Jesus and his people in Mexico. We are so proud of what you are doing and can't wait to hear about your special trip. We miss you A LOT but mama is taking good care of us. I (Punky) have been enjoying Bible school and went to the MOA and rode on some rides with the Bollom's! It was so fun! I've also been playing in my pool a lot. Mama says that I (Gracey) might be crawlling by the time that you get back! :) We love you and pray for you every day and can't wait to see you on Saturday. We have a great big hug waiting for you. PS Mama misses you too! Keep shining for Jesus! Love, Ash Punky and Gracey Stevens
Okay so a question I could find out on my own but want to ask you guys what is the time difference between here and Hermosillo? And what is the actual temperatures your dealing with and are you all doing well with the heat? Lot's of water....and sun screen!!!!! Love you all keep up the intense hard work of our Savior and before you know it you'll be back in Mpls at the noisy airport with screeming mom's and husband's and wives to welcome you back home......ahh what a sight.....ok so maybe only I will be screaming but whatever that's the crazy spirit the Lord gave me.... He kept putting this in my heart and I just read it how appropriate!!! Romans 12: 1-8 Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spirtitual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.....you can read the rest from the bible....wow....
The Wright Stuff
I just love seeing the updates, it is so wonderful to hear how God is working through all of you. You may think that you are a blessing to the people there, but wait until you see how God will bless each one of you for your willingness to be His hands and feet. Thank you for serving the Kingdom of God! Looking forward to tomorrows entry. We love you Jeff.
Praise Jesus Praise Jesus Praise Jesus......it brought tears of unbelievable overwhelming feelings I call spiritual awakening when reading this post of how they prayed for 12 years and now your there. Rachael and many of you missionaires were only 5 and 6 years old when God knew you'd be there and those types of things give me goose bumps and make me cry out to the Lord.....Praise Jesus Praise Jesus and Praise Jesus.....I am so proud and overwhelmed right now by all of this....thank you all so much for the willingness to be there to do the work of our Savior - thank you I feel so blessed just to be a part of this through you! Love Mama K
ERICA!!! I hope you and everyone else on your mission trip is having great time in Mexico !! I know you will change the lives of many there, along with your own. This is Bree haha and I miss you sooooooooo much and can't wait to hear stories when you get back! My family misses seeing your face at our house haha :) Your mom said it's over 100 degrees there.. I bet you are loving it!! Laura's in Spain so you are both Spanish-speaking, world travlers! Take lots of pictures, wear a lot of sunscreen, and have FUN!! Love, the Flicek's :)
I'm sure there are already many stories to tell about how God has shown up in a big way! I'm picturing the smiling faces of the children and the grateful faces of the adults who are with you this week. Even with a language barrier smiles and the love of the Lord are universal. Make sure to drink like camels ~ you won't be able to take in too much water in 110 degrees! Hi Ethan and friends - mom, dad, and Ainsley
Hey all of you awesome missionairies! I am so happy that you arrived safely and am so proud of you all! Think of what a blessing you are and answer to prayer that you are able to work on their church! I pray that Christ will impact all of your hearts and this trip will be life changing for all. Luke, I found your camera..too bad not a little sooner. Maybe we can make copies from someone else's digital pics. Remember sunscreen & lots of water!!! Can't wait to hear all your stories! Work hard and be safe. Praying for you... Theresa A.
Is there more than one team there? I see the same posting for all of the teams in Mexico now...... Cant wait to see more pics and a "personal" view of how you guys are doing!!! Love you and am so blessed to know those that GO!!!!!!
The Jackson five!
Goodmorning and blessings to all in Mexico. Wish i knew what you all have been up to the past few days. I think God is stirring in all your hearts and will forever change the way you see life. Hope you can give us an update soon. Erica!!!! sunscreen!!! Love you all. Im thinking it would be fun to have a post Mexico pool party at our house next week. Anybody want to help me? Stephanie
Praise God that you all made it safely. Praying that you all have a week full of blessings being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Hey all you rock star missionaires......hope things are going well and your being as blessed as I know and trust you are blessing so many. I want to make sure you all tell Rachael to put the sun screen on she really didn't want to believe me that it was going to be hotter than she has ever experienced and thinks it ridiculous....oh and Erica stay out of the sun girl like we talked you don't want to end up in the burn unit..... hahahahahaha I can't wait for another post to see and hear about all the wonderful things going on.....how was that first mexican meal? So wishing I was there for the real deal......Ok well we are continuing to send prayers! I love you all so much!!!!!
I am so thankful that you all made it to Hermosilla safe!!! What a blessing you shall be to the people that you will be serving!!!! It is hot and muggy here today but I am sure it is a little warmer there! I did not want to seem overly excited and be the first to post a message but I could not wait any longer.... :) I am soooo happy to see Rachael's smiling face. She made it.. YEA. Love and many blessings, Mama's Cindy and Kathleen!!!!!
Hello! Another rainy Minnesota day. So glad to log on and see a picture of all the beautiful faces serving God! Hopefully all the high school spanish classes will come in handy! Oh Erica...i got your new contacts...lol...Love you, and have a great day.