WE ARE BACK
There was instant recognition from the barber, an extended hand for a warm greeting, and then his first words, “You have less hair.” Such are the dangers of returning to live in La Paz to serve as missionaries after a six-year absence. In spite of that greeting, it is really a delight to be back in Mexico
Some things have not changed. The potholes may have shifted position over the years, but they are still pretty much omnipresent. We already have our old friend, a hopeless substance abuser, coming by seeking breakfast and asking “Do you have coffee? I’d like two teaspoons of sugar.” The overwhelming friendliness of the local population, the very warm welcome we have received, and the offers of help we are getting from many people are unchanged and are some of the reasons we wanted to return. One friend offered to shut down his business for a couple of hours and bring his workers over to help unload the truck with our shipment when it got here. Four families have offered to share their homes with us while we look for our own place. We also happen to have some wonderful TEAM coworkers with whom to share life and ministry. Is it any wonder we love Baja?
WHAT IS GOING ON?
- We helped host 60+ TEAM mobilizers for one week at their annual retreat/conference. Lois co-led the worship times, and I took almost all of them on kayak outings as part of a cultural orientation workshop.
- Looked (still looking) for a house to rent.
- Resumed my work as TEAM’s senior director for the Americas . Lots of catching up to do.
- Finished up the required visa process.
- Observed young people being discipled into leadership positions in the church by the church and for the church.
- Begun relearning where the stores, banks, gas stations and newly redirected one-way streets are.
HELPING WITH YOUR PRAYERS
*We are still looking for a place to live. We are hoping for a place near the Malecon, the city waterfront. Then we have to start over with furnishing it, since we only brought Lois’s desk and one coffee table with us.
*Lois will soon start teaching English and Spanish at a language school in town.
*I have a trip to South Africa coming up soon. It is the annual get-together of TEAM’s senior directors.
*We will be helping manage the TEAM ranch (one visit per week) for the next several months while the ranch directors are in the US. Because we have internet out at the ranch, I’ll probably do some of my senior director work out there.
*We still do not know which Sunday fellowship we should join.
*There are a lot of people who are encouraging us to relaunch the kayaking ministry. If we do this it will be on a much smaller scale than it was before, with probably only three or four boats instead of a dozen. Should I do this? Please pray for wisdom.
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