Monday, April 17, 2017

Reflections from Mexico - Jan

What a privilege and honor it was to leave our world and step into God’s world. You felt the Holy Spirit wrapped around our team from the time we left the Salt Lake City airport on April 1 until our return on April 8. Even when we all went our separate ways for home, there was a strong bond as we waved goodbye.

It amazed me how even though I didn't know Spanish language, how strong that love, bonding, and the spirit was felt among the children and caregivers, even though I did not know what to say.

What a blessing it was to be around “down to earth” people who did not have much, but so appreciated what they had physically and spiritually. They were full of joy, happiness and more than willing to share what little they had with us. There was a great deal of laughter, caring for each other and helping with anything needed, whether it be homework, or tying a shoe lace. We watched the teenagers in the orphanage assist the younger ones with homework; our team helped with homework also.

The joy, peace and happiness felt by playing with the children each morning, then able to serve in the afternoons by completing projects around the orphanage, knowing this made their lives a little easier, is truly indescribable.

I strongly witnessed when Christ said in Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus”. The whole week you saw and felt “oneness” with everyone. No matter who we are, where we live, language spoken, country we are from, we ALL have a heart, red blood flowing through our veins, cells, organs, etc. Basically, none of us can live 40 days without food, 4 days without water, 4 minutes without oxygen or we will all die (unless God has another plan for us). This is the same concept in God’s plant & animal world. Even a tree has a heart wood. “In the beginning God created...”, even the stars sang. I have heard all my life that if you are stressed, go hug a tree... I finally got it that the whole earth is radiantly alive with God’s Presence!!

In the church service on Sunday, the folks sang songs in Spanish, and I did recognize the word “hallelujah”. They raised their hands to worship and praise God, just like we do here in the USA. Hanging from the church wall were four flags I recognized: Jewish, the country of Mexico, U.S., and Christian flags. The Spirit is the same.

In reference to our CenterPoint team, it was a great joy to be around and serve with people who love the Lord and live it. They have open spirits in whatever was needed for the children, caregivers, projects and our team. By these examples from all and the overall experience, I have felt a change and more blessings. My family has always been raised to love and appreciate America, I can now share with them the experiences of Hogar de Amor.

Allow God’s Life to merge with yours.

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