Monthly Archives: February 2013

18 things to love

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I came across this list on my computer today. A few yrs ago, in the middle of one of those “I want to go home” days, I started a list of things that I love about living in Chiapas. Amazing what a little bit of purposeful thankfulness will do for an attitude! As I re-read this list, my perspective is altered once again. I added a few things to it, then started to close the document. As I did, I realized that maybe this list would better for sharing than closing. So here ya go! If you find yourself in need of an attitude adjustment today, try sitting down and jotting out a quick thankfulness list. It helps! 🙂
**Chiapas**

**Chiapas**

*When we’re running late, no one minds! We will likely still be the first ones to arrive!
*My kids are perfectly comfortable in 2 very different cultures.
*I am learning to speak another language, and so are my kids!
*Flowers are cheaper than dirt. Literally.
*Awesome Chiapas coffee, French pastries, Agentenian steak, and Japanese sushi… all in the same block!
*My kids get to witness God providing for our needs on a regular basis, in miraculous ways!
*The diversity of different people groups all around us.
*Due to the constant flow of visitors, my children are learning to interact with a lot of different people, and are also turning into great little hostesses.
*The green!!! I never knew there were so many shades of green until I saw the vegetation here.
*The coziness of falling asleep or waking up to the sound of rain… for months at a time!
*Getting to be a part of people experiencing Mexico and/or the mission field for the first time. Seeing people’s perspective on missions and the world change before our eyes is pretty incredible!
*Hot, fresh tortillas. And a tortilleria (a store that makes and sells them) just around the corner. Just pennies for a little stack of them!
*I have a new and fresh appreciation for my beloved United States of America. Everything sparkles a bit brighter when we go back.
*We are just a couple hours drive from several different beaches.
*Produce here tastes different. Mangoes are sweeter, avocados are creamier (and cheaper) and pineapples taste like they’ve been dipped in sugar!
*Our life here is chalk full of uncertainty, which I prefer to call “ADVENTURE!”
*Hearing Nathan and myself refer to Casa Hogar Canaan as “our orphanage” and knowing that we have a relationship with those kids that we wouldn’t have if we didn’t live here.
*And the #1 reason I love living here is… Knowing that we are smack in the center of where God wants us to be right now. That, in and of itself, is worth any sacrifice we have to make to live here. No amount of American comforts can replace the peace and joy that comes with knowing that you are being obedient to His call on your life!

Orphanage Schoolhouse

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A few weeks ago I mentioned a new project at the orphanage, and I promised to tell you about it soon. Well the day has come! Have you been on pins and needles? I was sure you were. 😉

"Muchas gracias!!!" from the Casa Hogar Canaan family

Casa Hogar Canaan (the orphanage we work with here in Chiapas) is now a certified school! This is good news for Yara (the mama) on so many levels. She was already homeschooling her 22-35 kids (the numbers are constantly changing). But now that they are considered a school as well as an orphanage, the government has sent 2 teachers to help her! I can only begin to imagine the relief she is experiencing. For the last several years, Yara has taken care of all educational needs from the dining room table and wherever else the kids found room to sit. For years, she has been thinking that it would be nice if there were a place they could do school and keep all their books and things. So they began construction on a building.

The outside of the school house

The outside of the school house

As you can see, it’s a rough start. But it’s a start! Their schoolhouse funds have been exhausted, but there is still so much to do!

This is the inside of the schoolhouse at the moment!

This is the inside of the schoolhouse at the moment!

They still need windows, doors, lighting, floors, a restroom, desks, and preferably some sort of heating as well. We estimate that all of this could be done nicely for $20,000. Wouldn’t you  love to be a part of this project?? You don’t have to have hundreds of dollars to spare. If every person who cared would send $10, we would make major strides toward finishing this building for this precious family.

Sweet boys!

Sweet boys!

I’ve set up a YouCaring account for the project. Because who doesn’t love to watch that ticker on the side of the page climb towards our goal?? YouCaring makes it so easy to donate. Just follow this link and the click on the blue “Give” button to make a secure PayPal donation.

http://www.youcaring.com/other/School-house-for-Casa-Hogar-Canaan/42979

Or if you prefer to send a good old-fashioned (tax-deductible) check, you can do so to this address:

Cross Country Ministries
c/o Louis I. Cole, Attorney
3710 Rawlins St., #950
Dallas, TX 75219
Please write “Teopisca, Mexico Orphanage” in the memo line.

I will post pictures as often as I can of progress being made on the schoolhouse. Even if you can’t send money, maybe you can re-post this to your blog or facebook? Thank you in advance for your help! I can hardly wait to post the blog that shows you a finished building. 🙂