Mexico Team :: Day 1 Update


Well today was the first official day “on the field” serving in Acuna, Mexico.  It was an amazing day full of the Lord’s provision.  After a long 17.5 hr drive and arriving late last night into Del Rio, TX, we were able to get a decent night sleep and an early start this morning.  We anticipated the potential of some issues crossing the border into Mexico with all of our construction tools (nail guns, saws, etc) but by God’s grace we were waved through and the van wasn’t even checked.  Incredible!  Praise God! 
When we arrived at the church in Acuna our teams got after it, getting their jobs rolling—construction folks began framing out walls for classrooms and those working with the kids club started preparing and recruiting kids.  The kid’s club brought in 20-30 kids, who were able to hear the gospel.  Pray for salvation and the hope of Jesus to be firmly planted in this community. 
After the kids club, the girls were able to head over to meet and minister to the single moms, all of which have been taken advantage of and are desperate for hope in their life.  Pray for all these relationships to be established throughout the rest of our time here, as we seek to bring the hope of Christ.
My crew, working construction, had a very productive day.  Our task during our time here is to turn one giant room into 4 rooms, 3 enclosed with doors and 1 open.  Going into today, we were hoping to get all the framing done, which consisted of 84 2x4s.  Not only did we get all the rooms framed but we also got the electrical ran and almost completed dry-walling one of the rooms.  For a crew of 5 people, that’s not bad. 
The team is exhausted after a long day but we were able to wind down with some amazing dinner (thanks to Jen!) and some competitive 4-square.  During dinner we all shared how we saw the Lord today.  Pray that we will continue to be moved by His presence as we seek to bring the hope of His presence everywhere our feet touch the Mexican soil.
My prayer for today and this week comes out of Isaiah 64:1-4.  Would you join me in praying this for our time here:
1 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence– 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil– to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3 When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.
Thanks for your prayers!!!

About the Author
I am the original planter of NC and currently serve as co-lead pastor/elder. I lead primarily in the areas of preaching, vision casting, oversight of discipleship and shepherding. I would describe NC as a family that seeks God together and tries to apply the gospel to life while living up close with one another. I am married to my beautiful wife Jen and we have four amazing kids.