TUtP Mexico: Holy Week and Easter

RIMG2117We serve a risen Savior! This year we chose to open our home each day of Holy Week for about 2 hours each day. Mostly children came to the services, but some days a few adults joined us.

On Monday Abraham taught about the cleansing of the temple when Jesus drove out those selling animals and changing money from the temple. The children made handprint sheep and drew tables to fingerprint money onto.

Tuesday it was my turn to tell the story. I shared about how the religious leaders wanted to trip Jesus up with something he said. Then I told how one of the leaders asked Jesus what the greatest commandment is. He replied, “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and the second is like it, to love your neighbor as yourself.” The children cut out and decorated hearts where they wrote, “Amarás a tu Dios con todo…”

10347398_10208104451502663_1606531050044179049_nWe had a full group on Wednesday when Abraham presented the story of how Judas betrayed Jesus and how we also betray him when we decide not to do what he says. The adults and children traced their hands and cut out aluminum foil coins to show that Judas received 30 silver coins to turn Jesus over to his enemies.

Thurday we provided grape juice, mutton, and crackers as Abraham described the Last Supper and how Jesus came as a servant. Abraham also told how Jesus went to the garden to pray, how his disciples slept instead of praying, and then how Jesus was arrested. Again a mix of adults and children participated in the service.

RIMG2144Our Good Friday service was at 3. Those who attended learned about the Old Testament tabernacle and how people were separated from God and kept to a strict set of laws involving sacrifices of animals. Abraham shared about Jesus´ trial, crucifixion, and death and how the temple´s dividing curtain was torn from top to bottom the moment Jesus died, opening the way to God.
My turn to tell the Bible story came again on Saturday. I reviewed to previous day´s lesson with an illustration, and then explained how the disciples felt on that Saturday after Jesus died. They did not understand that he was not defeated, nor did it look like they had any hope. However, he promised he would rise again. We then went on to see five of the many promises in the Bible for God´s children.

On Sunday came the celebration. Abraham spoke of the empty tomb, and the children and adults made an empty tomb. After that we enjoyed a potluck meal together.

It was good to be able to share the whole week with those neighbors who came.

Back Home

RIMG1857Goodness, it has been a very long time since I last updated!

This last Monday we returned from three weeks in the States visiting my family. We had not expected to be able to go, but a financial gift and Abraham´s careful searching for sale ticket prices made the trip possible. Because we decided to go without much time between buying the tickets and the actual flight, we had to do lots of paperwork quickly: my passport had expired which required two trips to Mexico City, Leilani needed her Mexican passport, and Abishael´s Mexican passport had expired which meant trips to the government offices in Puebla. What a scramble to finish it all!

standing on the US – Mexico boarder
We flew from Mexico City to Tijuana where we used the new CBX bridge to cross to the United States. My dad picked us up there, and we drove another few hours to Long Beach. Both going to Long Beach and returning home to Huejo required 14 1/2 hours of travel and waiting each way.

We enjoyed the time with family. While there, we visited some fun places and took the kids to the park several times. They warmed up to the uncle, aunts, and grandparents that they hardly ever see (except on skype). Unfortunately, illness visited, and our final days were shadowed by first Lani’s fever and then Abishael’s. They both still have coughs, although they are slowly recovering.

Before we left for Christmas, we had the opportunity to partner with another missionary family and a team that came from the States to distribute water filters to our neighbors. The water from the pipes here is not clean, so most people buy containers of water. With filters, they can now save that money, a great help to tight budgets. When we gave the filters, we also asked if the recipients wanted to hear about living water. All the families agreed. Abraham and I also offered Bible studies to them, and some said they did want us to visit.

We continue with the Bible studies already established, and there has been an increase in the number of children attending on Sunday afternoons. Our Saturday and Tuesday English classes have a varying number of students, since some drop out but more join.

Please pray for us that 2016 will be a year of blessing. Continue to pray for health, especially for Abish and Lani. They are entering the third month of homeopathic treatments, and we pray that the natural medicines will strengthen their immune systems.