Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Mission Accomplished - First short-term missions group to Teopisca.

Hello Everyone,

A couple of weeks ago we had our first short term missions group come to Teopisca. It was a group of six and they came to us all the way from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Pastor Scott and his wife Tammy, Karen, Joshua, David and Cindy are all members of an English-Speaking Church www.antiochcommunityoutreach.com in San Miguel and they came all the way down to Teopisca to serve the Lord in a variety of ways during their 10 day trip.

We went out to a indigenous community and did a Vacation Bible School for about 80 kids. What was really exciting is that we had to host the VBS at the local elementary school because there really wasn't anywhere else large enough to handle that many children; imagine that, no church and state separation here in south Mexico and everything worked out just fine. We split the children up into four groups: arts/crafts, music class, sports and gospel presentation. We weren't counting on so many children showing up but praise the Lord that they did. And on the last day we fed them tamales, chips, soda and some cookies...they had a blast!

One really cool thing is that we had a three way gospel presentation going on because most of these children do not speak Spanish as their first language. They speak a dialect called Tzeltal. So in order to ensure that they could understand exactly what Pastor Scott was saying, he would speak in English, then Cindy would translate to Spanish and then a lady from the village would translate the Spanish into Tzeltal. First time I had been apart of something like that.



This group really helped out at the orphanage as well. We are once again doing some construction out at the orphanage and this group of workers helped paint some of the rooms in the cabana so that we can move some of the children around. The older children are waiting patiently as we continue to work on the dormitory that will one day soon house about five or six of the teenage boys. They also provided Christmas gifts for the children...talk about big smiles all around! And of course a few trips out to the orphanage wouldn't be complete without a good game of soccer, a delicious lunch and a piƱata. And they even attended a Sunday morning service in in our home; good times.




Thank you Antioch Outreach Church for sharing the love of God with Teopisca, several nearby villages and the orphans. We look forward to having you back next year!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Harvesting the tilapia - It was worth the wait!!!!

Hello everyone,

Well it's about time that we were able to share this new post with you all! I say that because this tilapia project has been a year in the making. The first pics showing us cleaning out/painting the tank and placing the baby tilapias in the tank were taken back in April/May of 2012 and the pics showing us removing and eating the fish were taken just a few days ago on May 12, 2013.

Many thanks to Neshia Rudd and Bill Kirby for their faithful support of this project!!!! Their desire is to establish these tilapia projects in various parts of the world to help orphanages and other groups of people. May the Lord bless you two!!!!

I love this little word of wisdom from Bill Kirby, the founder of The Tilapia Project:

"Yes, it is about growing food for people in need, but it has to be about more than that.  God is the reason we want to feed people.  Give him the credit and the glory. 'If we only feed hungry people, they will still die someday without knowing that it was God who fed them.' (Todd Hinkey)  Let them know that this project came from God for them."

Because pictures a worth a thousand words, I think that I will just start posting pics as I am sure that you will be able to follow the story line just fine.

Time to clean out the existing tanks

Everyone got involved in this big project!

Getting the smaller tanks ready as well

Finally the day came to let the little ones loose in their new home

Pics from May 12, the day we got to taste the fruit of our labor

My two little gringos - Joshua and Caleb


This is how we do it up here in south Mexico

I have to admit...I was a little scared the first time I ate fish like this!!!!

Getting the goods ready for the boys from the orphanage...the girls ate later back at the facility.

Not sure if Caleb wanted to spit his food out or what...I sure didn't want to!!!!

Even little 6 month old Grace was lovin this day!!!!!!

Umm, Umm good!!!!!!!!!!!  Nothing but the bones left!!!!!!!!!
 That's all for now my friends. Please keep all of us in your prayers!