Our first full day in Ensenada was fun and eventful.
After morning devotions, morning chapel, and breakfast, all of the teams from the various churches headed their separate ways to their respective job sites. One highlight from breakfast was meeting a team of families from a church in Mountain View, CA. I sat across from an adorable 5-year old boy in a Buzz Lightyear shirt who was absolutely stoked to be here serving God in Mexico. What a joy to see entire families here serving God together!
Our entire team headed to the construction site where our foreman for the week and the President of Yugo, Ensenada declared it to be the most difficult job site he’s encountered in terms of moving equipment to the actual construction site. We said a quick word of prayer and then all of us pitched in to haul power tools, wood, siding, and roofing materials up the side of an incredibly steep hill to where the house is being constructed.
After that, we split up with our particular group heading to the local church. Pastor Aaron “volun-told” me to be the de facto driver and translator for the day as spent the first half of the day painting and the second half of the day putting on a VBS program for local children. We only had about ten children because many of the schools in the area are still in session. But, it was fun to teach the kids who were present about and show them the love of Christ. We’re praying God brings more children tomorrow!
After our work day, we all met back up at the Yugo complex. A few of us stayed behind, but the bulk of the team headed to the playa. Unfortunately, while they were playing the waves and working on their tans, one of the vans was broken into and the stereo and some other items were taken. As we debriefed later that night, Pastor Aaron reminded all of us to have the right perspective: whoever committed this crime needs our prayers and the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than anything.
We finished our day with dinner, a chapel service, and a team debrief meeting. After that, it was an hour of free time and then off to bed for another full day of work and ministry!