After several weeks of preparation for my trip to Mexico, the van was loaded on April 11 and I started the long trip via a stop in Jacksonville. One of our NWM Board Members, Nancy Duke and I attended a Faith Based Conference on April 12. We hoped to explore grant opportunities that might be available through governmental resources that would be within the scope of the New Way Missions helps vision.
Leaving Jacksonville after the conference, I started on the long drive to Mexico hoping to arrive in Reynosa on 4/14.
Supplies were delivered to the Olsonís at Manos Extendidas on 4/14 and I accepted their kind invitation and hospitality for the night.
The main reason for picking these dates for Mexico was to attend the wedding of one of my friends, Dr. Peggy Avalos. Many of you will remember her and her brother, Jose, from her their years of translating for VBS and other ministry opportunities.
Below Peggy and Rubin take their vows. The wedding was on 4/15 at Templo Smirna in Reynosa, MX.
To the right is Jose and his family. Little Jose was just 2 wks. old.
Mary Materniak from NJ joined me on the 4/21-24 for a time of ministry at several churches. Here we are below after service at Iglesia Buen Pastor (Good Shepherd Church).
Linda, Kachu (translator), Nico & Pastor Basilio, & Mary
Linda & Kachu giving out hygiene gift packets at Iglesia Buen Pastor.
During this time we, also, visited with the children at Casa MAMI and delivered the supplies that were taken for the girls.
May 4-12, I was off to the Dominican Republic to help Diane Sabado in whatever way I could. With the impending death of a patient and friend, Diane was undergoing much emotional stress.
We spent the afternoon of my arrival at the hospital with Clemencia.
On the 5th we traveled to Puerto Plata for the 8th Annual Womenís Conference. However, this journey presented a test of our patience when not far into our journey the van broke down. We had to call Francisco, have him rent another van, and bring it to us.
Above are 9 of the 11 who attended. This was taken just before leaving to return home.
Upon our return, we celebrated Isaacís 8th birthday with hotdogs, burgers, and cake.
On Monday, we were at the hospital with Clemencia right up to her death. The next couple of days were spent providing comfort and support to the family.
On Wed., Judy Bram came from Bradenton, FL and on Thurs. we went up into the mountains to meet with some farmers to discuss their needs and how we might be able to help them. This ministry may be possible through partnership with an organization called Florester.
Just before leaving for the airport, we attended the Opening celebration for the new Library in the San Miguel area. They have the building, but are still in need of computers, books, shelving, etc., so if you would like to contribute to help with this, you can do so through New Way Missions.
Here the mayor of the area, Francisco Perez, made a formal and public presentation of the land for a Hospice, Medical, and Ministry facilities to the Sabadoís.
Development of this property will present many ministry opportunities for mission folks and many types of skills will be needed.