Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Home from Mexico!

Tijuana trip 2008

(This is a neighborhood store, tucked in between a number of houses.)

(This is just a picture of the power lines--it was a little scary to see how power was run in some of these areas. We were told that power is often stolen and used illegally, which is why there are so many wires coming off this one pole.)

What a trip it was! We had an amazing time. We feel so blessed to have been a part of this and we are already looking forward to next year! :)

Our mornings were spent setting up and running a vacation bible school (vbs) for the neighborhood kids--anywhere from 60-100 showed up each day to play and learn.

Our afternoons were spent alternately building a house for a family of six, sharing the gospel door-to-door, and doing service projects in the neighborhood.

(This is the mom we built a house for and three of her kids. The father was out working and the 15-day-old baby was asleep inside when I took this picture.)

Our evenings were spent in sessions with a great worship band and powerful teaching times.

The band Unhindered came along and we spent a day with them building on our house and we spent two evenings rocking out to their amazing songs.
(This is our awesome team-we had 39 kids on the team. The man in the front is our building contractor, Don.)

And Bridget celebrated her first birthday while we were in Mexico! Sam worked out the details to surprise us with a birthday cake for her--I was so impressed. Isn't he the best? Seriously!

And I had to include the aftermath picture--Bridget was COVERED in chocolate (she thoroughly enjoyed her cake!) and the lovely Ingrid was kind enough to stick her in the sink for a quick rinse off. :)

I'm still mentally processing much of the trip. It was life-changing and gave me a new perspective on just about everything. GOD IS SO GOOD!


4under3 said...

You're HOME!!!! And.you're.so.burnt! Ouch!

I was so excited to get a comment from you..because that meant you were home.

By the looks of it, you had a great time. I'm so glad you did.

Kim said...

We're glad you're home.... sounds like it was an eye-opening experience!

Can't wait to hear all the details!

Alisa said...

Welcome back! It sounds like you guys had an amazing time. I can't wait to hear more about it all. That is one HUGE TEAM you guys had--39! WOW! How did the kids to with everything--did they love it too?

Andrea said...

It looks like you guys had a great time!
Happy late Birthday Bridget!

Anonymous said...

So fantastic. Glad it was life changing for you.

I heard from someone in the wedding party from TM that you are quite the crazy lady. That was said in a very nice way. I already knew that about you :)

Heidi Jo said...

oh lisa, this is such an amazing thing! it has so been on my heart to do something like this with our family. please share how all the kids did.

and yes, all kidding aside, you are blessed with a man of God who loves you obviously all the way to the moon and back:0)