"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"When Can We Go Back?"

Brief List of Highlights from our Family's Mission Trip:

* Seeing 7-year-old Jenna taking pride in shoveling the prescribed amount of cement mix from a wheelbarrow into each pail.
* Every time I saw Cassie smile which she quickly wiped off anytime anyone noticed.
* Handing the keys to the new house over to Patricia (Patty) and her family. I should note that you would all have been proud of me for not even once making a joke out Patty's name which is pronounced "pOtty."
* Helping Mexican moms dig through a box of new flip-flops and colored cloth strips in order to decorate their own fancy schmancy footwear.
* Working alongside a father and his two children whose wife/mother had made them promise to come back and build more houses even after she died last fall.
* Returning to the comforts of our tent community each evening after laboring all day at the work sites. I truly slept better on my air mattress than I did on the pillow-topped, down-comforter-covered beds at the hotel when we came back.
* Worshiping each night, singing in English AND Spanish. Caution: If you mix around a few letters accidentally, what is meant to be "Build your house on the rock" becomes "Raise your glass to your mouth."
* Baptizing my 8-year-old daughter in the Pacific Ocean. Because of the dangerous undertow, we stayed close to shore, and I baptized her in about a foot of water, waiting for the next big wave to assist us in the actual immersion part. Then we came back to shore and chipped off the icicles and celebrated!

I can't say enough good about the dual outcomes of this trip each year:
1. Mexican families receiving new homes
2. American families with children as young as 5 getting the picture that God has blessed us with money and hands and feet and eyes and ears and hearts to serve and love our neighbors. There is so much need in the world, and our children are experiencing first-hand that there is something they can do about it.


carrie said...

that's so awesome and powerful...just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of God's Hand at work. Praise God for families like yours...

Mr. E said...

Sounds like God put you guys to good use and you even had fun doing it. God Bless You Everyone! (that last quote sounds familiar dosn't it?)

javamamma said...

I love it when kids get right in on the action!

Tammy said...

Sounds like a great trip and one that many Americans need to go on. I sure would love to go, with the family.

BTW, was Cassie in that cruise ship commercial about the girl not having fun. I thought that was her!