Compassion Mexico ME983 - Part Two

Today, I am going to continue sharing about our last full day in Mexico at Compassion ME983.

One thing we found at this center that was so different from the two others, these kids were a little more reserved...that is, until we started getting them to chase after us. This is when we saw the big smiles and started hearing the laughter! In the above video, Matthew and Rebecca had tons of kids joining them. Such a simple fun activity, and everyone enjoyed it!

Then it was time to do our VBS (Vacation Bible School) activities with the kids. A few of us had prepared songs, a craft, a skit, and a couple of games to play with these kids. The kids were separated into four groups to go through each of the stations in a rotation. Matthew went out with the game group, and I had the song group. Thankfully, we had a translator with us and had fun with the kids while we taught them a couple of songs.

I first learned this song in the summer of 2012 when our family was back at a Compassion conference in Colorado Springs. At that conference, Grant Norsworthy led the group of us singing this same song as we Skyped with a project in Guatemala.

This one was a simple song to teach the kids, plus with the motions, they caught on pretty quickly! We weren't really sure how the song time was going to go because the people here speak a slightly different dialect of Spanish. But for the most part, we seemed to do okay!

 Love all these smiles!

Love all these smiles!

Now, I can't remember at this point if I took some of these pictures before our VBS time or after, but I just have to share a few of them with before I finish up this post.

 One more game of futbol

One more game of futbol

Matthew and Rebecca played a game of soccer with the kids. Do you see these kids are playing barefoot?

 Getting ready to say goodbye

Getting ready to say goodbye

Much too quickly, our day at this center was coming to an end. It was time to load up into the back of the cattle trucks for our return trip to our bus.

 Beautiful cloud filled sky

Beautiful cloud filled sky

God provided an amazing day for us at this center, even with the travel set backs and language barriers. We were able to see the hope that Jesus is providing to the many families in this community. It was really hard to believe that our time in Mexico was almost over.

 The kids running after us as we were leaving

The kids running after us as we were leaving

As you can see, quite a few of the kids ran after us with cries of 'Adios!' I wonder if any of us will ever have a chance to go back and visit with these kids. I wonder what an impact our visit made on them. I know that I will never forget our time here, or at any of the centers we spent time at on this trip.

It feels so cliche to say it, but going on a Compassion trip truly is life changing. So many memories and smiling faces that are etched into my brain and into my heart. And I am so thankful for the many people who helped me to make this trip possible. God worked a miracle, like only He can do!