Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mexico...random favourite memories

So I’ve been thinking....I’ve been looking for a way to summarize my Mexico trip in a few sentences about what God taught me & how I’m going to apply it in life now.  I’ve been “looking” for that because I like to have control.  I like to know what’s going on.  I want to be able to simply & concisely tell you what God showed me in Mexico...all packaged neatly in a little box.  I was getting frustrated....God why won’t you give me the words to do this??!!  Then it hit me...God doesn’t operate out of a boxJ!  I believe He just wants me to start sharing stories & allow Him to do the meaningful talking.  So here are a few random thoughts & favourite memories about my trip.  They are in no particular order & may or may not make sense without more explanationJ

  V  The ladies at the retreat LOVED scrapbooking!!!  Not just one or 2 of them doing it during the allotted time....all 10 of them sitting down to work nearly every chance they got!
      V  Satan did not like the peace that God had given me & how my trip had been orchestrated by HIM!  He tried hard to put a stop to it, but God was glorified!
      V  It was amazing to see the difference in the ladies from the beginning of the retreat to the end...even without understanding a word they said.
      V  Although I knew it would be tough to not be able to communicate...I had no idea how hard that would really be.
      V  I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to get to know the 3 ladies from Didsbury that I went with!
      V  One of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced...2 people groups...Mexicans & Canadians...not able to communicate...yet singing together, the same song...to the one & only true God!  “Bind us Together” (& 2 others I can’t remember now)
  V  Love crosses all boundaries...language doesn’t matter.  That doesn’t mean it’s easy...but you can show love without speaking a word!
      V  We are so incredibly thankful for all the people who sent supplies.  It was overwhelming to go through it all!!
      V  Distance can’t separate wonderful friends!  I am so thankful for the time I had to reconnect with the Elliott family!

That’s all I have for nowJ 

Here’s a picture of all the ladies at the retreat (click on it to see it bigger).  6 of them are moms who either lost a child in the fire or have a severely burned child (or both).  4 of them are in relation to a shooting...the ladies husband was shot right in front of her & her young son...only just over a month ago.  Then there are the Canadians, the speakers, the missionaries & the ladies from Arbol da Vida who were also helping.  I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of ladies!


3 comments:

Cheri said...

So glad that God blessed your time there and that you were able to lend a helping hand!

Lisa said...

Wow, that sounds like an amazing trip!

Anonymous said...

Soo neat Heidi... I sure enjoyed reading about your trip, it brings back some memories. Lord bless you! Merla Hooper