We are 3 short months away from welcoming our baby into the family! How exciting is that?!?!?! We have been blessed in that our baby has been developing perfectly and the pregnancy has taken very well. Baby is very active now that there is still room to move around. I often find myself watching my stomach and being entertained by how strong the movements are, at the same time. Slowly but surely we have begun to prepare for the big day…no name yet, but we have a list of a few to think over.
As far as base work/activities go, the first week of this month we were all at our base in Tijuana Del Mar for a week to help out with the bi-annual University of the Nations conference. It was said that we had over 700 YWAMers from all over the world attending. It took a lot of prep work to get ready, and clean-up time afterwards, but everything went very well! It was so great to hear about what other bases are doing around the world and get to share with them about Homes of Hope and the other ministries we do. Everyone was working long, hard days to make things function properly. I worked in the café/sales area every morning from 7am to 10am and then sat in the conference for the rest of the day, some nights until 9:30/10pm. Walter was on duty for setting up rooms, taking out trash, filling water, etc. There was a group that were there for a week of prep, the week of the conference, and the week after; Walter spent 2 weeks there helping out.
During all of the craziness with the conference, I was still hosting teams here in Ensenada. We had a small team from Washington build a house, another from Texas, 8 men from Missouri who tackled a house with no problems, and just had 60 people build 4 houses to finish out the month here. They were all amazing groups to work with!
We have a week break from teams that will give us a chance to get some things done before the next wave of craziness begins mid-October non stop through the month of November.
Walter and 2 other guys from our base spent the last few days helping a family to build their home. This isn’t being done by a team; a family Oscar met had bought all the lumber needed to build their own home, but didn’t have the skill or ability to do it. So Oscar and the guys decided they would help. It is a bit bigger than your typical Homes of Hope house, but it came along well.
Tomorrow, Walter will be leaving with 4 others from the base on a 20+ hour drive south to Sinaloa. Sinaloa was recently devastated by Hurricane Manuel, and in a lot of need. A local pastor donated food for 400 people. The guys received many more donations of clothes, toys, blankets, medical supplies, and other things to fill two 15 passenger vans. They will drive down, spend a couple of days helping and giving away the donations, and then make the drive back home. Please keep them in your prayers as they make the long drive and be a blessing to as many as they can!
During that time, I will get to go to California to spend some time with my Mom, Nana, and 2 of my siblings who will be competing in martial arts competitions in LA over the weekend. Definitely looking forward to that, it’s been way too long!! I haven’t seen any of my siblings (except for Katy) since Walter and I got married last March, and have only seen my parents a handful of times. It’ll be a quick visit, 2 days, but definitely better than nothing!
Prayer Points Going into October:
*Walter’s relief trip to Sinaloa
*Continued health for baby
*That God continues to use us as we seek Him to expand our ministry here in Ensenada
Thanks again to everyone out there who supports us, especially in prayer, we really appreciate it and love doing what God has called us to do for this time! Please come visit! (or bring a group and build a house with us) 🙂