Since returning from Oaxaca we have had time to process the trip and think about what we learned:
Take Away #1: Prayer is powerful
Going in, our team valued prayer. We were very deliberate to identify our main requests and invite others to join in prayer. Even with our efforts, I don’t think any of us were prepared for God to answer in the ways He did.
Every request, whether intangible (growing hearts for children abroad, developing lasting relationships, receiving a kingdom vision for life choices, initiating further partnership with the mission) or tangible (smooth travel, safety, getting the weed-whacker started), was answered. God is capable of more than we could ever ask or imagine, and He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in him (Psalm 37:4).
Take Away #2: Give thanks
The Mexican people constantly give thanks to God for his faithfulness and provision. Every prayer was an outflow of gratitude. After returning, our team has been amazed by how little we see thanksgiving in the prayers of our American church, despite being materially blessed to the max. We now aspire to be models of thanksgiving in the Christian communities we’re a part of here.
Kyle has a growing friendship with Rinzgüin, a teenage boy at the home. He is excited to sponsor Rinzgüin and prepare a surprise gift for his 18th birthday. Lord willing, Kyle will return to Oaxaca to deepen his relationships with the kids, further his mastery of the Spanish language, and experience God’s presence there.
Michael is still processing/praying about the experience to determine what the next step is. Brian is sponsoring Baltazar, a teenage boy at the home. Brian sees himself playing an ongoing role with the ministry through financial support.
What is the next step for you? Perhaps it’s
visiting one of the missions or committing to financial support. Please visit the FFHM website www.ffhm.org for more info and ways to give.
By Michael, Brian, and Kyle