July 27 – 31 we attended the annual Pastor’s Conference of Missionary Church of Mexico in Chignahuapan. It was a great time for us to meet most of the pastors and a few of the leaders of the churches. The 4 days went by really fast and was a real immersion in Spanish. We received several invites to visit pastors and churches all over central Mexico. We enjoyed the time connecting with so many new folks and getting to know some much better.
Below is a photo and a brief video of the Waterfalls we visited with some of the pastors.
The following post is a repost from our Team Leader which explains the political situation here in Mexico.
The political situation in Mexico has become quite unstable. You may have seen or heard about the rioting, deaths, and injuries in the city of Oaxaca this past week. Our Mexican pastors tell us that the news in not accurately reporting the depth and breadth of the problem. The violence has spread to four or five other states, and the roads in many of those areas are nearly impassible. Mauro, a Mexican pastor, texted me today to say that it took him two days to travel into one of the areas where we have classes in Oaxaca and Veracruz states, a trip that usually takes six hours. There were many places where the roads were blocked by fires and protesters. In those areas everyone had to get off the bus and walk around the problem in order to get back on a different bus on the other side. He said that it is dangerous and difficult to travel, and there is a growing problem of food shortages. Thus far the cities of Puebla and Mexico City (where we and the rest of our team live) have not had any problems, but the pastors are concerned that it may soon spread there. The unrest stems from new laws that have a big impact on school teachers and education. Below is a short video from a news agency called TV Azteca showing some of the problems in just one of the towns:
There is no control over any adds or commercials that may accompany the video. It’s in Spanish, so if you don’t understand what’s being said at least you have an idea of what’s going on.
Wow! My, how the weeks are flying by!
We are in the middle of a review session in Language School. It’s been great and we are grasping things so much better.
Below are a few photos from our past week of excursions with some friends from school and with our language helpers.
The city of Puebla put up new cross walk signals in various places downtown. Haven’t seen ones exactly like this before coming to Mexico.
We hope you are all having a fantastic Easter Weekend!
So far we’ve had a great weekend. Thursday we finished up another session of Language Learning and we start another on Monday. On Friday we went with a group of students to the Good Friday Procession at the Cathedral downtown Puebla. All the Catholic churches are involved in processions in their own communities, but the one downtown is the largest and most elaborate. Easter weekend is right in the middle of a 2 week vacation for all students and many people take their vacation time during these two weeks. The Good Friday Procession was a very unique experience. Below is a short video of what we could get some video clips for.
Tomorrow, Easter Sunday we will participate in a Sunrise Service (at 6:00 am), Breakfast (7:30 am), and Easter Service (10:00 am). We will be serving Communion during the 10:00 am service and following the service there is going to be a baptism. When we are in Puebla we normally attend this church about 1km from our house called El Faro.
Below are some more pics and a video of Carolyn skating.