Coffee, Cement, and a Full Fanny Pack (& heart) – Vol. 3

The third and final day of FDLIC’s time at the build site consisted of finishing the homes (the roof, furniture, groceries, and doors). It also consisted of the Key Ceremony.

Carlos and I did a quick run through of the homes to see what had been done on the day we didn’t go out to the site. They had electricity run through the home, the toilets were soon-to-be installed, the walls had been plastered and textured (inside and out), windows had been placed, and the roof was going on as we arrived to both homes!

I need to mention this…The guy in the white shirt, that’s Kris Seale, the CEO of FDLIC. The dang CEO! How many CEO’s do you see doing mission trips, building homes in Mexico, and being out in the sun all day!? Anyways, I digress.

Neither of the families were Christian prior to the mission, and both of the fathers of the families were pretty skeptical about what we wanted to do for them.

It is worth mentioning that the local municipality is not necessarily trusted. Meaning, if you don’t own your land they can come and take everything you have. And owning your land meant getting a piece of paper (again, from the municipality) stating your ownership. And that piece of paper could take YEARS to obtain from the local government.

Distrust and despair seemed to be rampant in the area we worked in. Which, I think, is very understandable.

All the buzz around the two build sites (which were about 100 yards away from each other) certainly created a crowd of locals for the ceremony.

The key ceremony, albeit slightly premature because the homes weren’t quite done at that time, was incredible to witness.

Mission workers took the moms and kiddos shopping while the homes were getting finished up that day.

Both of the families were presented their homes. Both of the families were presented with a beautiful picture with a verse from the Book of Numbers (6: 24-26). Both of the families were presented with family Bibles that were engraved with their family names, which were handy because…

BOTH of the families welcomed Christ into their hearts (and new homes) that day.

Steve, the leader from Vital Seed Ministries, prayed over the families, the homes, and any neighbors that were also ready to welcome Christ into their lives.

Incredible.

They were stocked up on clothes, toys, mattresses, sheets, groceries, and cleaning supplies. It was amazing to see the blessings and gratitude on everyone’s faces while we helped unload all these things!

At the end of our time at the mission site, I said my goodbyes to my new friends (Esthefany and Richard). They were generous on the hugs and the “thank you’s” although I told them that it is all for God. During our final goodbye they both said “Gracias por darnos a Jesus,” which translates to “Thank you for giving us Jesus.”

I held back tears as I walked to the caravan and on the entire 25-minute drive back to the resort. These two kids (and their families) will be forever changed and it’s all for the kingdom of God.

My heart was forever changed by just a fraction of time that I spent at this mission site with these families.

You see, when a few people can all come together for a common cause – Building the Kingdom of God – AMAZING things can happen. We can build two homes in three days. We can create a culture of love and blessings, in a neighborhood full of despair and distrust. We can create smiles, and y’all know how much I love smiles (Dental Hygienist, here)! We can create fellow Christians who can spread the Good word! We can entrust people to spread the love of God.

We can change lives and family trees…forever.

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Catholic wife and mom. This blog is my attempt to trust the Holy Spirit and write what’s on my heart.

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