We just arrived home last evening from our first mission trip as a family. What a wonderful experience! We went to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. There is a children's home located there called Children's Haven International. Our church has become associated with it because the new director is from Lincolnton.
We went along with our Pastor's family and stayed for about five days. We helped with some construction and painting projects. But the best part of the trip was, of course, the fellowship. Getting to know the children and the house parents at CHI was a blessing beyond words. Although there is a language barrier, as none of us speak Spanish and very few of them speak any English, it was amazing how well we were able to communicate and get to know one another.
Another treat was meeting Eliza Johnson, an intern from Minnesota. She is a Spanish major preparing for her second year of college and she was truly Heaven sent. Not only did she help us to communicate with everyone, but she was just a blessing to be around. She truly has a heart for the Lord and we told her often how she is wise beyond her 19 years. What a sweetheart!
I could go on and on listing the blessings of our trip, but suffice it to say we were not ready to come home when it was over. We really look forward to more trips and to growing relationships with our new friends in Mexico.