Quick After Trip Report – Mexico Spring 2019

Part of group jumps in back of the flatbed for a quick tour around the hacienda…

We had a really solid team and group at La Quemada, and we are really blessed by the growing friendships and deepening of “hermandad” that the Lord is doing there.  The leadership event was “retreat style”, so we had plenty of time to spend with each other and meetings were sort of not the main focus.  In this theme, we headed out to San Miguel one morning after breakfast, and had a great time strolling the city and experiencing the culture, which was awesome for all, and likely mind-blowing for those who were traveling for the first or second time to Mexico.  A mi gusta San Miguel!  Que Bonito! Not to mention they have churros among the best you will find anywhere!

This guy!

Felipe, my friend from southern Brazil, joined us there – the trip from his home was a lot longer than everyone else – and I am sure the Lord met his investment with a big return.  It was great to see him, be with him, and hear about his family and life in Brazil.  It has been 10 years since we were together, and Mexico was a fitting rendezvous, seeing we were there together in 2009.  This guy brings joy to all he comes in contact with, and has a huge leadership calling on his life.  I am grateful to be a small part of what God is doing in his life, and, don’t miss it, we are planning a trip to visit Felipe and other friends in Brazil in 2021.  Sounds cool, right?

The evening we arrived in Puebla, the volcano erupted.  The day after we left, it erupted more powerfully.

The time in Puebla was a real blessing to me, and to those there, I believe.  The last time I was there was November 2015, so, clearly my longest break since 2005 when I started to travel there on a fairly consistent basis.  It was great to be back, and we were met with the Lord’s grace in a big way.  The La Viña – ministry school – students were a great group.  You may not know this, but I am a little unconventional in class.  Nevertheless, they held up valiantly to my weirdness.  Not to mention what I put the translators through!  Bless them, Lord!

La Viña

It was a really great to see so many friends, Jerry who leads EV, Josh and Ivonne who hosted me, Vania who made our trip possible, and Jake who is doing a great job leading the viñeros!  Simply a blessing to be there.  We got to see a super moon and a volcano still in flames from the eruption, so that was good.

I don’t know how to describe it, really, but I feel so blessed to be able to join the Lord in His mission around the world.  If you are finding that statement compelling, maybe you should think about it further, and let me know what we can do to help you take the necessary courage and accept the challenge to take your next steps in mission, whatever they may be!

For the King and His Kingdom,


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