This Sunday evening I leave for Oaxaca, Mexico. Many of you know that I am a leader of a short term mission organization that serves in Mexico. Joining me down there will be a team of 10 other people. During our time we will be finishing the construction of a church in San Baltazar, about an hour outside of the city in the Valley of Tlacolula.
Here is a picture of the church we are building.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t the church we are working on. But it is beautiful and located in the heart of the city of Oaxaca. It is the cathedral of Santo Domingo. I posted this because a lot of people think that Mexico is totally undeveloped, dusty, poor, and run down. As Americans, those are the images we see in our media on a regular basis. Now all of those things are true, to some degree. But it is also a country that is rich in culture, incredibly green and lush, well developed, and incredibly amazing.
This is the church we are working with.
To me it is just as beautiful as the cathedral above. Because they are both places where someone can meet God. The one we are working on just happens to be a little bit smaller. When we return in two weeks, the congregation that has been meeting in this small little adobe building will have a new brick worship center, complete with windows, doors, and a watertight roof. It will be about 1500 square feet.
Many people have helped build this church. People not just from the United States, but also Canada, El Salvador, and Mexico. Others from all over the world have contributed money to make this a reality for the people of San Baltazar. To me it is an amazing snapshot of the family of God coming together for the good of His body here on earth.
Would you pray for us these next two weeks? For our safety, health, families back home, and above all, community, as we serve within the myriad of cultures that are represented in.
Here are the names of our team members. Raul Arteaga, Shawn Cray, Doug Fogg, Gary Freitag, Gordon Mallon, Eric Ryan, Asher Sarjent, and Brigam Ziehm. AIL Staff serving with us are Becca Freitag and Paul Lathrop.
I’ll make no promises, but I will try and post an update or two while I am away. Until then, blessings.
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