Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"we encourage"- Mission in Mexico





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I assumed I would enjoy myself...a bit.
I had no idea I would love it as much as I did.
I had no idea the extent to which I would be humbled.
I had no idea how much FUN I would have with my church family.
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Hubby was right. I received much more on this missions trip than I gave.

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Eduardo, Miriam, Lacia, Shayla, Leslie & Eduardo Jr.

Working side by side with this family was an experience I will never forget. Watching God work in such tangible ways, in such a short amount of time only strengthened my faith.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

This family was praying for a roof over their heads. They were praying for a warm place to sleep. I was blessed enough to see how a group of committed people, trying to do the Lord's work could get that accomplished in 3 days.

I witnessed the power of prayer. The prayer that this home would bless this family.
The prayer that as a team, we would work quickly and safely to finish on time.
The prayer that this family would see and feel God's love through the work we were doing there.

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The house we built is not fancy. It is not big. But it is their home. A home they waited for. A home they helped to build.

This trip and these people have left a mark on my heart.
 I can't wait to go back.

And now...
Picture overload.

Day 1 - painting & framing
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J hard at work
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W nailing in some siding
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Day 2- drywalling & roofing
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the most handsome worker there if I do say so myself
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Day 3 - finishing work & moving in

Everything in the house was donated. The ladies had so much fun filling the house with things to make this families' lives more comfortable. Blankets, clothes, pots and pans...all the things I take for granted.

the main room
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Eduardo and Miriam's room
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the kids' room
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Some of my favorite moments...

I was so proud of how hard they worked.
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Eduardo Jr was happy to let J mother him all weekend. He also loved wearing her visor.
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The kids got some crafting time.
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And what trip would be complete without face painting?
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We can't thank all of you enough for your donations and prayers. We were truly blessed and overwhelmed by each of you. You helped my family show the love of Jesus to people who needed it. At the end of the weekend our church missions team had built three houses for three beautiful families. I can't begin to express how grateful we are.

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40



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20 comments:

Angel said...

Thank so much for sharing your trip with us! Your whole family looks so happy. It is beautiful that you are teaching your kids that our God is the God of the whole world! I love the photos. I can practically feel your excitement and fun oozing through this post!

the lowes said...

wow what a precious time for your family AND for the family you built for you built WAY more than a home for them - hope and peace. what an honor and what a joy!!! :)

hannah singer said...

praise jesus! what a special thing, to serve in this way as a family! such a joy to hear about your trip and all these photos are lovely! love you!

michelle @ this little light said...

I loved sharing this journey with you through your post. What a blessing for both families for sure, and for your readers. It really brings it home that all you truly need is "walls for the wind" {from my favorite Irish blessing} and those you love near you. God bless!

Eunora said...

This is so great! What an amazing experience to share as a family!

Heather said...

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us! What a life changing experience. Your pictures are great!

Laurie J said...

praise the Lord for people like you and your church family! so cool, jami, thanks for sharing
<3

virginiamae said...

What an awesome trip! Praise God! So glad you all got to go!!

Aly @ mommie diaries said...

love it love it love it. thank you for sharing! and i love that you received so much more than you gave. we have it so backwards sometimes, don't we? love you friend!

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

My heart is swelling and my cheeks are hurting from smiling. This is just awesome! Love all of your pictures and not 1.... but 3 houses! Glad ya'll are back.:)

{cuppakim} said...

welcome home jami!
i still am in awe and joy of the fact that the kids got to participate on this trip. what an incredible example to them you and your husband are, and what a blessing for your entire family!

i love seeing everything that happened here! amazing! and praise God!

did you guys build bunk beds too?

love that you were able to furnish them with stuff they needed for their home too! :)

Mary said...

praise the Lord for His wonderful works!
your willingness to submit to His plan is humbling, encouraging, and exciting!
thank you for sharing this precious time with us.
welcome home.
:)
xo

Erin Ledbetter said...

Welcome home, and I am amazed! What a blessing you were! I just recently found your blog, and am SO glad that I did...I am relatively new to blogging. This is my second week to link up, and this has become one of my favorite links to link up to each week due to the focus ...I LOVE the encouragment and focus of everyone's blogs...this is so needed!!! Thank you so much for hosting! Can't wait to visit some of the postings. You have definitely blessed many...

Erin

Nessa Bixler said...

What a blessing. Your hearts are amazing and so is God's work.

Andee Eve@ bearing fruit said...

Wow! I'm tearing up just reading about the blessing that you were to this sweet family.

May the Lord bless you, your family and your church family in ways that exceed all you can imagine. May your children forever know and remember the blessing in giving to others.. May He pour out such blessing that there isn't room enough to contain it.
In Jesus' name, Amen!

girl willow said...

God is good...so very good!!

Heather said...

These pics brought back so many memories for me when hubby and I went to TJ in 2007 and did a housebuilding trip. I'm so glad everything went smoothly for you all. It's definitely life-changing!

Meredith said...

A great trip indeed! Can't wait to show my boys the pics! And p.s. hard work looks good on you. Just kidding (well kinda)....hope one day our families can join forces and all go serve together somewhere! : )

Kimberly Bonham said...

Thank you for sharing this post.
God is so good!

Leslie @ top of the page said...

such an incredible experience, jami! i love that you got to go as a whole family, and then bless a whole family like that. thanks for sharing it with us. (so hey, i found you on instagram last night, but are you doing it any more? i just started.)