Wednesday morning, June 30th
This morning I woke up early to do my Quiet Time under the carport of the Hotel like I’ve done everyday, usually accompanied by Jeff and Gordon. Today I thought was very fitting. I read the story of Elijah and the prophets (yes, I am a little behind in my reading, but I tried to do 2 different plans at the same time, and it didn’t work for me, so now I’m behind. However, I think God planned this perfectly for today!). I was so inspired by the lesson and that became my prayer for today and the people that God would send for us to encounter!
Lord, show Your mighty power to the people blinded by their false religion here! Open their eyes to You and to Your fire! And Lord, reveal Yourself and Your fire to our team as well! I want to see it! And, please, give me the energy and strength You gave to Elijah so I can “tuck my cloak into my belt” and RUN! I’m needing an extra little boost today. I’m so exhausted in body, but EXCITED in my spirit!
Have I said how HOT it is here? I’d say I’m “muy caliente”, but as I have discovered (the hard way) #1, I’m totally NOT, and #2, that’s the wrong phrase! LOL “Muy caliente” means I’m hot in a se x ual way! HAHAHAHAHA!!
Yet again, I’m lost in translation.
Today we went door to door handing out the Gospel of John to everyone in the neighborhood. Some were able to share the Gospel as well, but they are predominantly Catholic here and do not appreciate the Baptists very much. LOL Some are still friendly enough to take it, however, some are completely opposed to receiving anything they find threatening to their faith, and won’t take it. The offer is out there!
As my particular team would go door to door, I would stand back and prayer walk while trying to snap photos incognito while they would talk to the people at the door. I couldn’t just stand across the street and snap photos openly of the house and the people, how creepy would that be? They’d shoot the Creeper taking pictures of them, and with good reason! LOL So, most of the photos today, were taken completely blind! I hung the camera strap around my neck and let the camera hang in front of my chest. I’d do my best to line up the lens with what I wanted to capture, and then snap the picture, praying for the best! Sometimes, I was successful, other times….well……let me just say, I have a lot of odd pictures of b u t t s. LOL DELETE, and then try again!
One of the houses we came to, I saw a little tiny old lady sitting right inside her gate staring out. She was sitting in a chair, with her injured leg, wrapped up and propped in a chair in front of her. I knew I had to talk to her, so asked David, our translator to go with me. I gave my name, told her where I was from and why I was here, and when I was done with my schpeel, I told David I wanted to take her photo. He just looked at me! LOL I asked him to translate my message, “You have a beautiful face! I am a photographer and I’d love to take your photo”, but she couldn’t hear us or understand what he was saying, so after a split second of feeling totally defeated, I told David I was just gonna sneak it! The odds were totally against me getting this shot AT.ALL, but I had to try! David just looked at me apprehensively, but nodded. I lined up the lens as best as I could in front of me, and prayed I wouldn’t shoot the bars of the gates instead of her face! I prayed quickly Lord, I really really want this shot! Help me, please! And pushed the button! I had about 2 seconds to get the shot and move on, so I only had ONE chance at it!
When I walked away from the gate and saw the photo, I literally cried!
I don’t know why God is so good to me, I only know I am completely grateful! This is one of my FAVORITE shots of my time in Mexico….if not my MOST favorite! God is so good to me!
I believe I am most in love with the old people of Mexico! Their faces are just beautiful!
OK, truth be told, I’m totally in love with Mexico PERIOD! The people are so friendly! I’m loving my time here. Totally and completely loving it!