Resurrection Sunday – and Despedida

by Jim on 8 April 2012

MI Team Despedida
La Despedida

Today we were up well before 5am getting ready for the sunrise service at Samuel and Aurora’s home.  We went to Jesús María to pick people up, then we headed up to the service.

I was leading the service this morning.  I decided to share a series of passages that related to the resurrection throughout the service.  In case you’re interested, here they are:

1Corinthians 15:3-6, 12-22
Philippians 3:8-12
2Corinthians 5:14-15
Colossians 3:1-4
Romans 8:10-11, 28-39
1Peter 1:3-9, 17-25

The team taught a children’s song, and three of them shared their testimonies.  Rod shared the message.

After the service the men started grilling meat, cactus, and onions – and we had a fantastic meal.  We hung out for a while, and the kids swam in the kiddie pool.

Then we had a despedida for the team – that is, a farewell party.

Everybody thanked each other and praised God, and the team received some gifts.  It was great to see the relationships that have been built in just a few days.  Finally, Ismael prayed for the churches in Canada that the teams come from, and Dave prayed for the churches here in Ixtapaluca.

Angry Bird Piñata

Just in case anyone doubted we were in Mexico, we had a piñata.  Tiffany chose this fantastic bird piñata – a bird that was quite angry.  And we smashed it and got candy.

The team members are hanging out with their new friends this evening, and packing up for the trip back to Canada in the morning!

A great way to spend Resurrection Sunday!  Praising the Lord for all that He has done in so many lives – in Canada and in Mexico!

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Grandma C. April 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Sounds like a great day. Lots of new friendships formed while the team has been there. They’ll have interesting memories to share when they get back to Alberta. And perhaps some will return again, either to Mexico to some other missionary work.

I imagine it’s hard to say good-bye to those who come even for a short time. But, hopefully, you and Shari will have some time to get a bit of rest and recreation in this next week when the kids are still out of the school routine.

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