I’m using June 21st as our start date instead of the planned June 22. We had planned
on meeting at Casey Conner’s house Sunday June 21st and stay the night there and
then leave early in the morning (3:am). What we ended up doing is having a fundraiser
Saturday evening that we didn’t get home from until early Sunday morning. After
church my family and I spent some time together and I didn’t get to Casey’s house
until 10:45 pm. After packing the truck we decided to skip “trying to sleep” for
an hour and a half and decided just to get a head start on our driving. I took the
first shift and drove till I couldn’t drive any more. Bob took the second shift
and Casey took the third. We all managed to get a little sleep. Those of us that
were a wake were able to take part in some good theological discussions. After Casey
drove I took over for the rest of the day.
We did take our time driving and we stopped several times to stretch out our legs
and get the blood flowing to the different parts of the body.
At one rest area an older lady was backing out of he parking spot when we heard something
dragging under her car. We brought it to her attention, got out the tools and Ryan
(the most agile one of our group) crawled under her car and removed the piece of
damaged cowling. Before she left we prayed for some of her health concerns. It
was clear that this had touched her heart.
After she left we thanked God for letting us be a blessing in her life.
We arrived at Troy and Rosa Conner’s house about 3:30pm. The Conner’s are very hospitable.
They opened their house to us, let us shower and fed us. After having 3 busy days
with very little sleep, we were looking forward to a good night sleep.
Amigos Day 2
We left the Conner’s house this morning. I managed to find an internet “Hot
Spot” and was able to upload the first days events. We also
made contact with Jackie Scott at Casa Hogar and told them when we would be arriving.
Our pickup load of stuff drew some attention at the boarder when we crossed
into Mexico. I was literally given a green light to pass but
was immediately flagged down and taken off to the side to be searched. They took
a quick peak under the tarp and in our ice chests and
then sent us on our way.
We stopped in Ensenada for lunch. While we were standing at the pickup eating
tacos, a lady came up and started visiting with us.
Her name is Miguelina. She recently lost her fiancé to some sort of lung disease.
She was hurting inside. We listened to her for a while and
then we prayed for her. And she went on her way. There was a guy who also came
up to us while we were in Ensenada looking for food.
Ryan made him a sandwich. He thanked us and went on his way.
From Ensenada we decided to visit La Buffadora. After “running the gauntlet”
of vendors trying to get those tourist dollars, we reached
the “blow hole”. Waves would come in and all that energy would get funneled through
one small hole creating a geyser.
We reached Casa Hogar late in the evening.
Amigos Day 3
We started off the day with a group worship session. Later (About 7:am) Steve
and Jackie joined us and we took part
In their daily bible study. At 7:30 we went and had breakfast with the kids.
After breakfast we went and helped Steve Scott poor a concrete slab for a house
that another group is going to build.
We spent a lot of time getting the gas powered engine to run on the concrete mixer.
It has serious carburetor issues.
I managed to regulate the fuel with the cut off valve enough to keep the engine running.
And we were able to get the slab
Poored. We are contemplating weather or not to use some of our funds to purchase
a new engine for the mixer. We might
just pay for it our of our own pockets.
After that we came back and had lunch with the kids. Then it was off to IDT,
to say hello to some old friends. We
learned that IDT was having a church service that night and we went back later for
We returned to Casa Hogar before 3:pm so that I could ride around with Abel and
see if any of the other kids were
sleeping on the floor. Abel had already left. I think he is the only guy around
here that is not running on “Mexico Time”.
We will have to try again tomarrow.
Since my afternoon was freed up by me missing the bus, we decided to go visit
a rehab center near the Trique Village.
We will be headed back over there at 6:am to worship and pray with them.
My lap top battery is dying so I have to stop here. I’ll try and post some
We started off today worshipping with the rehab center in
the Trique Village. Casey provided music with his guitar and
Ryan backed him up with the bongos. We were very
appreciated. They asked us repeatedly to come back. We
Donated 5 bibles to their ministry.
We started pricing materials for the beds today. It looks
We will be able to stick to the original budget of $75.00 per
Bed or $150 per bunk bed. That includes the mattress.
We met a man today who is an ex drug addict, and he has
2 different ministries. One ministry is working with the
Troubled youth. The second is working with guys fresh out
Of rehab. It is his hope that he can keep the guys off drugs and there by keeping
their kids off the streets.
We sent Steve out to find some mattresses today. He was able to find one. I’m
hopeful that he will be able to find more
tomorrow. We need 12 mattresses at this point. We are going to start building beds
6/26/09 As per my wife’s request here are some more pictures of the kids.
We started building beds today. We have one complete so
people can see what we are doing. We have a good start
on anther 4 sets of bunk beds.
This afternoon I road around with Steve as he took the
kids home. I found a couple families that were in desperate
need of beds. One family was a single mom with 4 of her
own kids and 3 of her sisters. They had one bed in the
house. Most of the children are sleeping on the floor.We
are going to give them 2 sets of bunk beds.
This evening we shared 3 large Pizza’s with the other
people that are staying here. After that we had a time of
sharing testimonies. It was a good experience. I think there
was some emotional healing that took place as well.
Ryan, Randy and I traveled down past San Quintine to pastor
Daniel Garcia’s house. We had a good visit. He is coming
along with the remodel of the church. They expanded the
sanctuary to accommodate a growing congregation.
On the way back, I was getting low on fuel so I decided to stop
at the first Gas station and get some diesel. One of the workers
came up to us and said they were out of diesel. So I went to the
next station and they were out of diesel also. And so was the
third. I was begining to think that I would have to park the truck
when I finally found a station with fuel.
While we were gone, Bob and Casey finished the prep work
On the other 4 beds. We now have 5 ready for delivery and I