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 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!


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