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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Our Home Away From Home (Part 3)

On Saturday we went back to the village of Victoria where we used to go every week.  Our church, Iglesia Bautista Cristo Te Ama, still goes each week to this village to do discipleship groups.  This place is out in the middle of no where and to this day I don't know how they ever found it.  The children were almost as excited to see us as we were to see them.  When we drove up they all squealed, "Jonathan, eres tu?"  Jonathan said he wanted to reply, "no, I'm someone else now!"  I saw my old friend, Gretal, although I barely recognized her as she's changed a lot in two years.  The children were absolutely smitten with Kyle.  I never had to wonder where he was, all I had to do was look for the flock of kids and assume he was in the middle.

Twins :) 

It was a long, hot, great day with the people there and Kyle seemed to enjoy all the new sights and smells.  As late afternoon approached, he was more than ready for a nap and we headed back to the car to drive home.  He climbed up into the drivers seat while Jonathan was going to tell the others we were on our way. 

"I'm pretty sure you turn it on like this...."

".....And then you change the gears like this....."

".....then you drive like this."

What is it with boys and cars?  He is well on his way to knowing how to drive.  How did he learn? Purely by observation, I assume.  Speaking of cars.... As you can see, the rental was a manual transmission.  Jono has little manual experience and for the first two days, I was afraid for our lives.  By the end of the week, he was a pro!  Glad to know he can drive a stick in a pinch.  There is a term in Spanish for this wonderful guy I married.  It is "todologo." It means : one who can do a little of everything.

Oooo he's so handsome.

We spent most of Sunday at the church.  I have a whole blog post brewing in my head about that wonderful place.  For now I'll just suffice it to say that I am humbled and challenged by the believers at CTA.  We enjoyed singing Spanish songs again and listening to Pastor Martin's sermon.  I remember the first week we were in Mexico in 2010, I tried so hard to understand the sermon and left with an extremely painful headache.  Now I understand everything he says and can follow along in my Bible with the passages.  Jonathan sang "Yo Ire" (I Will Go) by Steve Green in the evening service.  I was in the nursery calming Kyle most of that service.  By the weekend he began to show signs of too much vacation.  However, I was able to slip out long enough to sing along to our favorite Spanish hymn Santo, Santo, Santo and to hear Jonathan's song.

We were so sad to have to leave!  I could kick myself for not getting more pictures of our hosts, but I did make Marta pose for a picture before our departure.

After stopping by Chedraui to pick up some of the most delectable donuts ever to bring back for Brad, Hannah and the rest of the family, we made it to the airport.  We flew right over Kyle's nap time and he did manage to zonk out.  I knew there was a reason we brought Lightning McQueen along with us.  He probably would've slept the whole flight if the flight attendants hadn't continued to knock into his feet with their cart!  Rude.

You can see the famous donuts in this picture.  They came on the plane with us and I wanted to eat one so badly!  We hadn't had any lunch and it took so much self control not to dive into them.  I settled for cookies and Fresca from Delta.  By the way, a large part of the reason we fly Delta is because of their in flight cookies.  

We had a delightful, refreshing and encouraging week.  I am so thankful we were able to make the trip before we leave for Africa.  Cancun really does feel like a home away from home to us and we love the people there.  We look forward to returning after our first term in Africa and telling everyone at Cristo Te Ama about what God is doing around the world.  Until then..... Los extrañaremos!


1 comment:

  1. I remember some of those faces. And I'm trying to figure out which of those little girls was the baby I rocked two and a half years ago. :-) Beautiful outdoor worship service in Victoria. Makes me wonder why we had our service in the jail??

    I loved reading these posts and getting to relive a little of our trip as well. So happy you had the privilege of visiting again.