We hope that you all have had, or are having, a great Christmas holiday season. We had our customary annual Christmas dinner (celebrated on the 24th down here in Mexico) at the church and have had some good holiday gatherings over the last few weeks. The children of the orphanage have had an especially blessed Christmas in that many individuals, families, churches and groups gave gifts this year. We thank all of you that gave towards meeting their “wants” this year.
Below, I have included just a few pics from one such group that came and provided gifts to the children. This particular group, collected the gifts from several churches in their area and then brought them all down in many large suitcases and travel bags. Their plane actually landed several states away (cheaper tickets) and then they took a 13 hour bus ride and another short trip by truck to get the gifts here. Blessed be the name of the Lord for men and women like these that have given much energy and time so that a few children in south Mexico could have a really good Christmas this year.
The other thing I have included in this blog concerns a group with Global Encounters that came down to help paint the inside of the orphanage and start the construction of a new jungle gym at the property several moths ago. But because of rain and lack of time, the group was not able to get very far with this new project. HOWEVER, about two weeks ago a much smaller group of local missionaries (along with one of the members of the original group) came back and finished up that neat project. They came for two days and after all of their hard work, the children now have a new and very large place to slide, swing, climb, and hang. Thank you guys for all of your hard work and dedication to finish up this project. [I have included this project in this blog for Christmas because most of the money for this jungle gym was raised in the states during a Christmas toy drive for the children.]
Several pics of Christmas at the orphanage....here is pastor C
All the girls...
Steve, pastor C and the boys!!!
Pics of the original group that came down several months ago to start the jungle gym project...
This is when the rain stated!!!! Couldn´t get much done then...although Nathan (the man in charge of this whole project, including raising the funds in the states) tried to continue!