"How can we help?" - October 12th, 2021
As her tears flowed down her face, she asked, "How can we help?"
Buying a home in Mexico has been an experience! It has been great! We have been able to increase our relationships with some of the locals with whom we serve alongside. We thank God frequently for Luis and Bety who told us, "You are a in our family now and we take care of our own." Luis and Bety have close ties to NOE and their son Erick is the Director of the Vida West Campus.
We have also been able to build some relationships with our internet guy, Mani, who gave recommendations for how to best put up curtains so we can keep our privacy private. Jose is the guy across the street from our house that tolerates our kiddos coming into his store multiple times a day to buy bags, cookies, or a Mexican Coca-Cola all while not speaking a bit of correct Spanish...but doing their best.
Last week, we pulled the trigger and purchased a living room set and dining room table. We had visied the store Muebles Diana a few times and Vera had taken very good care of us. Last week, I was alone. Just me, my English speaking ability, and money to pay for our purchase. Vera doesn't know English, and I am continuing to learn Spanish. She showed me some additional pieces we needed immediately and her co-worker, Eddie (who is in his mid-20s and who owns the store with his family) came by to say hello.
At my first visit to the store, by myself, the week before, Eddie, who (Praise Jesus!) knows sufficient enough English for us to have a conversation, and I talked a bit, and he asked if I had any ideas on how their store could reach out those moving to Morelia who only know English. So, today, I had a response. I shared a couple of ideas with him and he thanked me. There was no lull in the conversation and although I was in the middle of purchasing furniture, he made the statement, "I believe the Mexican people choose to live in poverty." He explained that the Mexican people have little self-worth and are afraid to advocate for themselves because they live lives as conquered people. They feel the government is corrupt and there is nothing they can do to help themselves. Eddie continued to share that he and his family deeply desire to change this acceptance by the people they love. He shared that he and his family increase wages for the staff so they can know their worth. He desires to create a family environment within the work place. The overall goal is to produce the idea within each staff person that they are important and that they are valuable.
My turn was next. I began to tell Eddie about the organization through which we are serving Jesus. I shared that what he is doing with his staff, we are doing with 1,100 children who live on the rim of Morelia. I began to tell him about the educational help we provide with additional tutoring and the vocational training that is provided.
At that point, he called across the room to his mother who joined the conversation. He filled her in on the topic and how he shared with me how they are attempting to transform Mexico through the way they treat their staff and then explained to her how NOE is doing the same. I finished my explanation of the ministry we are providing to the Mexican people by sharing how the NOE program increases graduation rate from 27% to 86% when students are involved in their program. I shared how moral fabric is woven through the teachings at NOE and how some of the former graduates are now serving within the political system in Morelia. The mom, with tears in her eyes and a hand over heart with desperation in her voice said, "How can we help?" Her heart is broken for her people.
God's heart is broken for His people. Jesus cried when a friend died. Jesus defended a woman caught in adultery (I've always thought there should have been 2 people He defended that day, the other being the male also caught in adultery). God knows our very being. He knows our motivations better then we know them ourselves. He speaks and reveals Himself to us every day, if only we have the brave heart to look for it.
Eddie, who is not a Christian, shared during our visit, "There is a saying in Mexico that if you knock on the door, it will open. But, I believe many people do not knock because they are afraid of what is on the other side." He said this within the context of us discussing God's presence in his life and how God pursues His creation, including Eddie.
We are being reminded of God's love regularly throughout our first month in Mexico. Please pray for Eddie and his family as prayerfully we are in the beginning stages of a relationship that could last a long time.
We love you all! Thank you for believing in us!