It’s been almost two months since we last posted, sorry for the lack of updates, and thank you for bearing with us and praying us through this busy time.
During the month of March Pete and I were out of Las Moras renewing our VISA paperwork in the city. Our VISAs for another year took about 16 days to be processed, and then we made a trip to the border to renew our vehicle papers on our truck. During the wait for our VISAs we did some supply buying for us and errands for the people, also I canned some chicken for the rainy season.
Our trip to the states took longer than we expected as we took the truck in for a routine check and walked out of the Ford dealer 4 days later than expected and with $1,000 less in our pockets. However, God always shows Himself faithful and provided for every need along the way. In total we traveled about 48 hours, to the border and back, and spent almost an entire month away from home.
Upon arriving back in Las Moras on March 24th our house was full of guests. Our co-workers Tom and Teresa Elkins, and Rachel and Katie were all here, plus the well drilling team from Living Water. We unpacked the truck and were up and running, helping the well drillers with the hauling of water and other supplies, assisting with cooking for the group of 8 of us. What wonderful fellowship we had as we got to know Chema and Olaf, the two men sent by Living Water to drill. It’s always fun to have visitors and to share with them about our lives and also hear about theirs.
After drilling for almost three weeks and only going down about 95 feet, (the team had been drilling in pure rock for almost 65 feet) one of the drilling tubes broke deep inside the well. The team from Living Water did not have the necessary equipment with them to remove the broken tube, so drilling was stopped. After much prayer, and consultation with our team and also with the Director of Living Water Mexico, it was decided that the drillers should pack up and head back to the Living Water base, fix parts of the drilling rig and tools that were broken, and brainstorm a plan to come back at a later date and finish the well here in Las Moras.
It was a hard decision for all of us. Living Water was discouraged, and felt terrible that they had not finished what they had come to do. Our team was also experiencing stress and discouragement as we were not sure how we could best help them in accomplishing their goal. However, we all agreed that the Lord is in control, and in His timing He will bring clean water to Las Moras. We also are trusting Him to give the Nahuatl the true living water, in the form of salvation and His living Word.
Also as we settled back into life here in Las Moras we began to cram for a Nahuatl language check that was scheduled for 10 days after our initial arrival! We were able to spend some time with our language helpers, but we both felt pretty rusty after not speaking Nahuatl for an entire month.
We have had great opportunities to practice speaking in Nahuatl as the tribal people come to our home for seeds. The people are very excited about the seeds that were sent from Walnut Hill Bible Church and also Johnny’s Select Seeds.
We are so grateful for all of you who donated seeds! They are making a huge difference in the lives of the Nahuatl people. One lady from our village named Maximina planted radishes weeks ago, enjoy them, and is now saving the seeds from the radish plants for her garden next year. Thank you for being a testimony of God’s love to the Nahuatl through your donations of seeds.
On April 3rd our consultant, Jonathan arrived along with another missionary couple who are language consultants for another tribal church planting team about a 25 minute flight from us. Pete and I, along with our co-workers Katie and Rachel, were all tested on our progress in the language. We all did well, and were given more direction for our studies in the coming months.
April 5th saw the consultants leaving by plane, and Pete leaving by truck to go down to the coast and pick up a work team that we had invited to come and help us with some last detail projects on our home. The members of the work team traveled from Illinois, Texas, and Nebraska to help us.
The picture is a sneak peak, but, you’ll have to wait until Part 2 of the update to see all that they accomplished and get a tour of our “finished” tribal home.
As we spend the next weeks in culture and language study please be praying for His faithfulness and love to be shown through us to the people. We know that without Him we can do nothing and we are trusting Him with our days that He would be glorified through us.
“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 NLT