Monday, June 12, 2006

Youth Mission Update Monday night

This was a really late night for our youth and sponsors. They got out of the job site just before 8 p.m. and then had an hour and 15 min. drive back to camp. They were hungry, tired and in need of showers when Jerry called.

Today's work involved clearing the land and leveling the ground. Jerry said that work alone lasted until 1 p.m., then it was on to pouring a 20' x 22' slab of concrete that they mixed by hand. That completed the day. Jerry said it was "the toughest thing I've ever done as far as physical labor." Interim youth leader Mark A. said the kids were getting along great and truly working hard. He said he'd much rather do this work with the high schoolers rather than adults because adults would be too serious about the work and this was more fun.

This is Mark's fourth consecutive year in Mexico. He said the weather's been hotter, but when they left the site, Jerry's truck registered 102°.

Now about the Barraza Mota family: The husband and wife are in their late 40s, they have four children in their teens and older, and one of the oldest has a child who lives with the family. The husband works as a security guard and makes $80/week. They have no car. They've been living in a shack made up of walls of pallets that have cardboard tacked to them. Jerry said you can see 1000s of these. "It's an ocean of people who have nothing," Jerry said.

Mark said they all talked last night about what they're learning about themselves, about God and why they are there. "God's going to stretch us and test us in different ways," Mark said. He told them they'd all get to a breaking point and wonder why they are there. "We're told to serve," Mark said.

Tomorrow's work includes getting the house framed and if there's time, starting on the roof. Jerry said they don't get to work past 8 p.m., they are rushed out and escorted from the area because it isn't safe after dark. Jerry said they're having fun, there have been no injuries and they are all drinking tons of water.

More tomorrow night. Sorry we don't have any new pictures, they've been trying to send some but the technology isn't working. We'll have to see them when they return. For those of you who left messages on the blog, they've been delivered. Thanks for posting!



At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry, this is your sister, Kathy. It's really exciting to hear about what you are doing. Keep up the good work and I look forward to lots of stories. We are lifting you in our prayers. Love you.


At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 12:44:00 PM, Anonymous Dottie said...


Thank-you so much for doing this! I really enjoy being able to check the blog each day and get an idea of what my two boys are doing.


At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 1:53:00 PM, Blogger ebiehl said...

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At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 1:55:00 PM, Blogger ebiehl said...

Hey All,
My church prayed for you today. God is doing such a cool thing through your work. Stay attentive to the quiet ways in which God is working on this trip. You'll be surprised by God's quiet grace. May you be that grace for those you are serving.

At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 2:24:00 PM, Blogger jamie said...

how do you like those bucket showers?

At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 3:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Appreciate the blog and hearing about your days there. Really proud of all of your hard work. Anxious to hear more about your adventure. Max, your favorite dog, Daschle, misses you. Take care of each other.


At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 4:06:00 PM, Blogger kaitlin said...

Hi i am a student who is going here.My name is kaitlin.We are having so much fun here and my mom says we are get a CD of the songs we have been singing.

from kaitlin

At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 4:18:00 PM, Blogger Candie said...

It takes a lot of guts, persistence and faith from God to accomplish your mission!! I know each of you will come back thankful for everything we have in the US. What a mountain-top experience! Praying,

At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:48:00 PM, Blogger Scotty said...

Hi Rach!

This is Dad. Mom, C.J. and I just wanted to say how proud we were of you and all of your friends to help your second family on building their home. We know it will be hard work, but in the end the hard work will be well worth all the effort. You take care and our thoughts and prayers are with you, your friends and all the friends you will meet.

Love, Dad, Mom and C.J......and of course Anna, Izzie (Qua), Cosmo (Guh), and we can't forget Desiree...:)

At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:56:00 PM, Blogger Scotty said...

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