Saturday, January 1, 2011

This is the sixth day of our trip. It has been so amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. The lifestyle here is so much different than back at home, but its cool to get to live in it for a few days. Today we started our work in Fatima and it was something that I will never forget.
You can see that there is a difference from the city of Guyamas to the village of Fatima as soon as you drive in. The houses in this village are just scraps of whatever they could afford or find in the garbage dump or scrap yard. The strange concept is though, that these houses are not adequate but some of them have satellite dishes, water systems, air conditioning and some even have cars. This just shows where their priorities are. The village we were at today was a very gang and drug involved village, and we found out some really interesting things about it. For example, if a boy gets into a fight and comes home and tells his father that he lost the fight, his father will then proceed to beat him up too, because that means that they don't have a 'manhood' or something like that.
We were cleaning up the yard for the pastor's house when we first got there. After cleaning up the yard, or most of the yard, we played with the kids. The kids here are so different than the ones back at El Palmer(el pal-may), or so I thought. These kids, for the most part, are shy and not as happy it seemed. Almost as if they were scared that you would harm them in some form. More than likely, not all kids were like this, but the few that I tried to get to know, were.
But overall, it was a great experience and I can't wait to go back to Fatima and show the kids there Gods love even more! He has been doing amazing things so far and I can't wait to see what else He has in store for us!
Mandy (:


  1. Happy New year to the MB Youth Mission Team and the Joe Boxer Triplets!! We love to read your updates on the blog. It is amazing to hear what God is doing through you in Mexico. We look forward to hearing your stories and experiences when you get home. Enjoy the warm weather because it is cold and snowy here. Praying that God will continue to use you and change you. Safe travels home.
    PS Dylan we miss you! Especially your sisters when they had to help dad clear snow. So proud that you went on the mission trip and let God use you in the worship team!
    Love you Steve and Donalee

  2. Mandy!
    It's so exciting to hear how things are going for you! I miss you and I can't wait to hear even more stories when you get back!
    <3 Taylor

  3. Mandy
    Glad to hear that everything is well! So proud
    of you letting God use you to do his work!
    miss you, see you soon!
    Love always Mom & Dad