Internet connection here is sketchy, so I write when I have time, and publish when I am able to get connection, incase you’re wondering why the activities I’m posting about are not lining up to our scheduled activities.
So, now that I have a few minutes, I can expand on our experience the last couple of days.
Like I said, our travels all went well, with the exception of the air conditioning in our 15 passenger rental van. We found a way to manage that problem by having the front seat passenger turn the fan OFF every time there was an incline, ON full blast every time there was a decline and we kept the side windows open a little all the time. The combination made it tolerable. Especially being here in Mexico, I couldn’t help but think how fortunate we are in our part of the world, and in our community, that for the most part this is the extent of our physical discomfort in relation to our basic needs.
After getting off the plane, having lunch, crossing the border and driving for about an hour, we spent some time in Ensenada in a touristy area where there are little shops and fun restaurants. We had dinner and went to the retreat centre where we were to spend the night. We were all exhausted and fell into bed around 9:00.
It was dark when we arrived at the retreat centre, so we had a beautiful surprise in the morning when we looked out the windows from our high vantage point out over the ocean! This is where we had breakfast, devotions and a time of prayer. Chelsea encouraged us to try not to have expectations or preconceived ideas about how God would use us this week, but to just be open. It makes me think of the verse “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Today, a little shopping, 3 hours of driving and then arriving at the orphanage! We settled in and then went to our first church service which was very long, lively and loud…not what we’re used to, but it was refreshing and encouraging! They had headsets so we could listen to a translated version of the message.
Now we’re hitting the sack so we can be up for 7:00 a.m. breakfast and our first full day at the orphanage.