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Thursday, The house dedication

We started this day with great anticipation. Everyone one of us was looking forward to giving the house over to Ramon and Ana. We had a couple of hours of work left and then we will have a dedication ceremony and then a fiesta. Kim led us this morning with our devotion. She shared from her heart and touched each of us in different ways. Then off to the house.     Once there we again split off into different groups to finish various tasks. We had a little sanding and painting to do. We wanted to touch up nail and hammer marks on the trim wood. We needed to load in the furniture for the family. It was just like watching a HG TV show on reveal day. Everyone working to prepare for the big moment. Ramon and Ana have been out of the house for over a day. They haven’t seen it with the paint or trim in it. They didn’t know we had bought them the furniture. They were away at a friends house until we would call them. During this morning Marta, Marciel’s wife, was cooking and preparing a fiesta meal with Ana’s mother. Oh did it smell wonderful. We all were looking forward to lunch. As the bedrooms and living room took shape, we started to clean up and prepare for the dedication. At 11:30 the call went out and Ramon and Ana headed home to their house. Kathia was so excited. We stood outside of the house and shared a few words with them about of love for them and the gift of the house....

Wednesday Day 3 of the house build.

We woke up this morning refreshed and feeling great. Were ahead on the house build, in fact we could finish it today. Were planning on working on the house until around 12ish and then having lunch at Angel’s fish Tacos. Afterwards were going to go to Javier and Elie home. They are the family that we built for last year. They have continued to build at there house and are in the process of putting in a bathroom and we have a counter top and sink were going to donate to there project. First things first, Breakfast and devotions. I shared with the team this morning that God is not done with us yet. My testimony about the struggles we have in following Christ in everyday life and the mistakes we make don’t disqualify us from living a godly life. We need to stay in for the long haul. After breakfast, we all set out for the house, except the shopping team. We tasked them with a pretty long lid=st of needs for the house. Ramon and Ana have 2 things in life. A fridge and a stove. Thats it…… So were looking to buy a queen bed, a twin bed, a sofa, a table and chairs, pots and pans, dishware, end tables, a dresser, night stands, blankets, sheets, etc…. we gave the team a budget of $500 for all that. The rest of the team headed out to the house. We started with a light sanding of the walls, the wiped them down and got started painting. A pretty pink color. Even Kathia helped us paint the house....

Tuesday, Day 2 of the house build

Tuesday started out with breakfast burritos and devotions from Jean. She promised a short and sweet devotion and she delivered. She shared about taking on Jesus yoke and he taking ours. She pointed out to us that many of us come to church and give our burdens to Jesus and then when we leave the church and head out to the world many take that yoke back. Kind of like we have a yoke check at the door of church. Her comments were direct and powerful. We were ready to move forward on the house. When we arrived at the site everyone broke into smaller groups. Each tackling a different job. We had crews on the second floor working on the rafters and roof. We had a crew installing windows, another putting up trim wood on the outside of the house. A third crew started to drywall the interior of the house and still another installing the stairs. It was a marvelous site to behold. We prayed for God to help us move this house forward today and he had us running like a well oiled machine. I realized by mid morning that I had forgotten to bring the dog food to walk around the neighborhood and minister to the local dogs….. I know…. The dogs of Tijuana are usually overlooked and ignored. They can be pretty dirty and usually have some extra critters. However, a few years ago I had this idea that the family’s who we minister to have very little here in Tijuana. There budgets are tight and they have a hard enough time feeding there...

Monday, Day 1 of the House Build

We start each day of this trip at a 7 am breakfast. We also have a devotion shared by different team members each day. Today Mike and Brianna led the devotions. They shared about the parable of seeds and how each one of us is being used by god. Each day the the Devotions amazingly always seem to apply to the days needs. Mike reminded us of Gods plans are good for us in Jeremiah 29 10-14. His message about being ready and willing to be used for the plans that God has for us helped us all to be ready to start building the home for Ramon and Ana.  Their message about preparing the ground for Gods work was so spot on for our first day of home building. We all desire to be used by God and not left sitting on the sidelines. And there is plenty to be done today for each of us. We headed out to began construction on the home. The husband, Ramon, met us at the site for their new home and was so grateful that we were there to bless his family. The team prayed together over the land and for us to have a successful day. We thanked God for no injuries in advance and God answered our prayers. Half of the team worked on painting the siding and trim while the other half completed the frame work. Within an hour the first wall was going up and it was so exciting. We looked over and Anna, Ramon’s wife, was overcome with joy and weeping. Some of the team members...

Sunday

We began our day by heading down to the hospital to set up and feed the homeless. We were blessed by hearing testimonies from a number of men down by the park and had the opportunity to talk with them. During our conversation we met a man named Eulysses. When I spoke with him, he shared with me that he has made some terrible choices in life and has been separated from his family who lives all the way on the other side of Mexico, his wife divorced him a number of years ago and since he has come to know the Lord. He is happy now but he also tearfully shared that he is hoping for restoration with his family some day. We had brought some Spanish bibles with us to the outreach and He had gotten one.  He happened to notice my reading glasses hanging from my shirt. He asked if he could try them on because the print in the bible was really small, I ended up giving him the glasses so he could read the word, he was doubly blessed. We came back to the base for breakfast and devotion. Donna gave the devotion on recognizing that God can and does work through you. This afternoon we attended Pastor Rolando’s church. Where we experienced a powerful praise and worship service. A message was given by Pastor Stephaney on moving forward in faith, the message was not only for the church but also for quite a few of us on the team. After service many people came forward for prayer, hearts were touched and bondage’s were...