Mexico Update from Hannah and Cory
By Hannah and Cory
This trip has exceeded all my expectation, it has been better than I would have ever expected. The culture and food is beyond explainable, but most of all the people is what I love the most. They have shown us unconditional love and support; our family has supplied us with lunch and refreshments over the last couple of days. What astounds me is the family has chosen not to work this week, remove an income the family could use however they have chosen to use any money they had before to spend it on supplies for lunch. Both the family and I are so grateful to be here. The feeling of love that can’t be described is the love they give. One little girl from the worksite named Ruby has loved us since the day we met and I know saying good bye to her will be the hardest part. The feeling of love didn’t end because I went to VBS, I never thought a group of people could ever make someone happy. I still have to smile to myself thinking about the little girl who jumped on me as soon as I said ‘’Hola’’, I couldn’t remove the smile from her face, we both stuck with each other for the day. I feel like I will be returning home with a new perspective on life and obstacles I run into. There has been fun times and sad times but God has been there with me throughout it all.
Today I got the chance to return to the house that we built 2 years ago. When we got to the house we saw the three youngest kids, they didn’t remember us at all and looked very confused. We walked over to the church across the street, the Pastor Victoriana who is like a Grandma to these kids pointed us in the right direction where we found one of the older girls. Nikita, who Vayda was very close with, ran to the church when she saw us coming because she was embarrassed of what the house looked like. We told her that it didn’t matter, that we were there to see them, all our houses are a mess too. After, the youngest boy who I got close with last trip was starting to figure it out. He was looking at me weird until I said to him “Cabootchi” which means Piggyback ride. Last trip we gave piggyback rides the entire trip. When I said that word his eyes got wide and he was on my back in an instant. From this moment on we spend time laughing with all the kids that got more comfortable. We looked at photos from last time that we brought down for the kids as they do not have very many. By the end of our half hour visit we had reconnected with these kids. By the end my back was sore, I was tired and my eyes were full of tears, but I knew that we had changed this family’s life. It was an amazing opportunity to see the change we made and I hope that we do the same for the two families we are building for this trip.