Today was the “Despedida”, or goodbye party for our pastor and his family at our church here in Mexico. They are leaving to work in Houston, Texas, at a hispanic church there. I preached the message today, and I spoke about the fact that we are not losing a pastor, but we are sending a missionary family. There are 800,000 people in Houston that speak Spanish, so the pastor and his family are definitely going to be missionaries there. I spoke on God’s call of Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 and how we must be willing to leave some things behind, expect some unknown things, and then God will bless us and we will be a blessing. It was a difficult sermon to preach (they gave me a few days notice), but overall it went well. Then we had a meal together after church. All of the people at church love Nathan. Next Sunday, we will officially “present” him before the church.
We’ve been painting the house lately. We went to The Home Depot and bought paint for our bedroom and for Nathan’s nursery. We found a Classic Winnie the Pooh border for his room and spent the afternoon yesterday and today painting. Tomorrow, we will be moving most of our stuff into the house. It will be good to finally get into our own place. We’ll put up pictures when we get finished with the nursery.
After a long day yesterday, we arrived safely in Mexico. Nathan did really well on the plane, even though we were stuck for 4 and a half hours on the plane from Houston to Mexico City. We were in the plane on the runway in Houston for a long time, and as we began taxiing, we were notified that we would be at least 8th in line just to get to the runway. We then waited and waited. The pilot then took a turn back towards the gate because we had wasted so much fuel that we needed to refuel before we could take off. Then we had to wait for the fuel truck. The whole time there was no air conditioning on the plane. So, we were a group of sweaty, hot, upset passengers, all trying to get along because we were stuck on the plane for at least another 2 hours. Finally, we got fuel and took off. We landed in Mexico City 4 hours and 30 minutes after we boarded the plane. It also turned out that Continental broke some things on our stroller/carseat. Oh the joys of travelling! We are happy to be back in Mexico and off the airplane.
Yesterday was the big day. Nathan was all dressed up for his dedication at New Hope. We had a great time at church, saying goodbye to our friends there as we prepare to move back to Mexico on Wednesday. There was a party after the church service at Janell’s dad’s house, and Nathan got to hang out with a lot of family, including his great grandma Comiskey. It was a great time.
Tomorrow morning, at our church in Dunedin, we will be dedicating Nathan. Basically, we’ll be dedicating ourselves to raise him in a Christian environment with the opportunity to hear about Jesus and the Bible. It’s a big thing for us to commit ourselves to this. It’s a commitment to each other as well. We are excited to take this step and pray that Nathan will make the decision to follow Jesus when he gets older and can understand his commitment.
We’re getting ready to move back to Mexico on Wednesday. It has been a great summer with our family and friends in Florida, but we’re ready to get back to our own (new) place and the work that is definitely waiting us there. When I was in Mexico last week, I left my laptop there to make the trip back a little lighter. That’s why there has been a serious lack of posts lately. Sorry. I’m sure it will be better when we get back into the routine of things.
FBC Naples Mission Trip Day 1: Today we had a good day at church. The group helped out with Vacation Bible School for about 100 kids. We also met up with Israel to talk about what we’re going to do the rest of the time while we are here. I called the bus driver, and we are set with the bus for the rest of the time we would need it. We went to Walmart, Burger King, and the market. We also spent some time at the mission office and also the seminary. Whew! Sounds like we were busy. We wrapped up the day at the movie theater watching War of the Worlds.