After spending nine months back in the US, we returned to Mexico this past May, refreshed and ready to get back to work. It almost felt like cheating – returning just in time for our favorite part of the year out in Las Moras. But at the same time, after such a great time back in the States with friends and family, we also felt acutely our return. Yet we were excited. Fun as it was to be back home, it was good to be back in Mexico, to feel like we were back at work again, with jobs and purpose and goals for the next few months.
First, though, we had to get there. Our trip back to Mexico from Wisconsin was crazier than we’d expected, with bad weather and tornados along the stretch from Missouri to Texas. But we made it all the same, with the help of great friends along the way.
After meeting up with our team in El Paso, we headed into Mexico and to our biannual Mexico field conference. We always enjoy field conference. It’s a great time to reconnect with fellow coworkers spread across Mexico, to be encouraged from the Word, and to relax for a few days in the company of like-minded people. Even if your coworker takes the last normal and you’re stuck with decaffeinated Coke.
After field conference, we headed south. It was time to do paperwork for Kester and prepare to return to Las Moras. It took a couple weeks, but Kester was pretty excited about getting his visa:
While we waited on Kes’s visa, Pete and our coworker Tom also made a quick trip out to Las Moras to deliver a couple loads of supplies and check on the houses. When we got back, it was time to load up on supplies and head in before the rainy season began.
We also had the added privilege of having another family here in Mexico, who was still in Spanish study, help us move back into the village. We enjoyed having Don & Chrissy with us for a few days, and the people enjoyed meeting them as well.
Returning to Las Moras was somewhat surreal. Our home in the mountains very much feels like home, but after almost a year living in Wisconsin, it was kind of crazy to remember that we call this house at the end of the road in the Sierra Madres home.
There are so many adjustments to living in the mountains, things we’d become accustomed to, and forgot about after heading back to the States. Things like not having filtered water out of the taps. And not having power during the night. And depending on the rain and local springs for water. Even just the feeling of isolation, being that far removed from the local stores, the local hospital, even our local church.
At the same time, we feel such a privilege to live where we do, to do the work we do, to have the support of our family and friends and churches back home. It’s a joy to be able to be part of bringing the Word to those who have never heard it, to see people understand more and more of who God is and how much He loves us.
Thanks for being part of our work with the Nahuatl!