The TripWhen I heard about the mission trip to Aguascalientes, Mexico, I was determined to go. I LOVE being in the presence of kids. And since the day we stepped in an orphanage in Eastern Europe in 2007 to adopt Hannah, I have never felt closer to God, than when we are adopting and caring for orphans. So when our church announced the trip, I wanted to go. What made the trip even sweeter was our good friends, Jared and Bethany were going on the trip. Jared was leading the trip. Jared has traveled to the orphanage in Aguascalientes twice before.
|Jared- our fearless leader, after one of the many days of lifting buckets of rock and sand to mix concrete.|
As with every mission trip, you are encouraged to send out letters to friends and family to ask if they would help fund your trip. This is the part I always struggle with. I do not like to ask others for money. I know what it is like to go through a season of financial struggle. I also knew that at this point in time, we as a family did not have the funds to finance the trip ourselves. I sent out some letters and prayed. Slowly, money came in. There was a deadline that a certain amount needed to be raised, and I was short of that amount. I was beginning to question going. Maybe this wasn't where God wanted me. Maybe my place was at home with my children. One evening I texted Jared to say that I wasn't sure if I would go. The funds were not coming in and we didn't have the money to supplement. Then he texted me back and said "your trip has been paid in full, stop stressing and have a good evening". I'll never know who funded the rest of my trip, but I know that God was giving me a true sign that I was going on a trip in June to love on some kiddos.
I was the only single on the trip. Every other person took a spouse, son, daughter, or mother with them. And then there was me. The single. The only claim to fame I had was having the most stamps in my passport...and knowing how to pack a suitcase to the max weight without being over 49.5 pounds!
|Jordan and I on our first of two flights to Mexico.|
Jesse picked us up at the airport. Jesse and his family are originally from Canal Winchester. After several mission trips to Dulce Refugio, Jesse and Faith stepped out in Faith and moved their family to Mexico to serve at the orphanage. Check out their blog here http://thebecxicanwire.wordpress.com/. We rode about a half hour from the airport into town. To my surprise, the orphanage is right in town. WHAT?!?! Orphanages I have known about are tucked away outside of small villages or on the outskirts of town. Very rarely are the right in the middle of town. Our sleeping arrangements were at the orphanage. The girls had a room in the girls dorm and the guys had a room in the boys dorm. It was nice. Though I was a single on the trip, I never was alone.
|The view from my bed of the room the girls stayed in.|
|Boys dorm on the left, girls dorm on the right.|
|Another picture of the boys dorm and the awesome castle structure built for the kids.|