Friday, February 26, 2010

And we're off....

Tomorrow is the day we've been thinking about for about 6 months now. Jeremy, Dad, and I are headed to Mexico - and although it's not the Mayan Riviera this time, it still has excitement in store. We're leaving on a jet plane tomorrow (Sat) afternoon for a week and headed to Rio Verde, Mexico. We hope to be spending the week working away at a few projects that will benefit our other ARP friends down there. Jeremy and dad, along with the rest of the team, will be working on a cement retaining wall that the past rainy season has totally destroyed. I have had to find another route of work since I'll be with child. :) It looks like I'll be doing some great work with the women and children of the area, sprucing up the camp site a bit, and hopefully doing a good bit of translating.
Now, I must remind myself that the last time I spoke fluent Spanish was 8 years ago while I was living in Madrid, Spain for the semester. That was 8 years ago (!!!) and in a totally different country. However, I'm praying that the Lord will bless our time there, and the gifts and skills I aquired in college to be used frequently while we are there. I am anxious but not doubtful that the language will return to me and I will be able to converse with the locals.
I'm so excited for the week ahead, however extremely nervous. This will be the first time I have been on a trip in a while that I haven't done any of the planning for, nor do I have a clear idea of the schedule and what exactly to expect. All I can do is compare to my last travel to Mexico (almost 10 yrs ago), and that wasn't exactly pretty. Of course, it was in the dead middle of the summer and the low temps were in the 90s. I am looking forward to a bit warmer weather this time, but thankfully, we'll just be in the mid-70s all week.

Pray for us this week, if you have a moment, for all of the many activities we will be a part of in the next 7 days. Pray for our team (group of 15) that is so diverse, that we would be able to communicate well with one another and grow spiritually together throughout the week. Pray for our safety in travels (flying on Sat 2/27 and 3/6) as well as bus rides (same days) and throughout the city during the week. Pray for our health, as we have to be careful with exactly what we eat and drink. Where we will be the food is safe and the place is stocked with bottled water. However, anywhere else might be a little iffy. Pray for me specifically as I am traveling while pregnant (definitely a first for me) and may have a few difficulties in finding enough (and good) food for me and the baby. I typically get a bit sick on planes, and it seems pregnancy hasn't made motion sickness anything better - so who knows what we're in store for while traveling. Pray that the gospel would be spread through our work, our words, and our witness. Pray that the Lord would bless our ARP friends while we are down there and offer a sense of refreshment for them.

Thank you for partnering with us as we do the traveling and serving and you do the praying.


Terry said...

We will be praying for all of you!

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