June 28 – July 5 , 2016

For brethren to dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing-
Life forevermore.” Psalm 133

My First Trip to Mexico
Angeline Harris
Moncks Corner, SC

We sat in the back row of a small church listening to the man standing in front of us. We understood little. When he asked the congregation to turn to Psalm 133, we quietly turned there as well. We read along in our own bibles, listening to the same words spoken in another language, and as the words and their meanings soaked in, we were told that this Psalm was read as a welcome to our group. What a beautiful moment. One among many from this trip where God reminded us that we are all His – His children: brothers and sisters, created in His image to live together in unity.
This was my first trip to Mexico; my first time partnering with Todd and this amazing ministry. I traveled with a team of five from Tennessee. They were all on return trips to continue work with Todd. I was the newbie-the outsider-the girl from South Carolina.This statement is humorous looking back on the week I spent in Mexico. It was the thoughts, fears, and insecurities I had before this group of people became acquaintances, became friends. These friendships were fostered by long van rides- traveling together, eating together, playing cards and laughing together, hiking up ruins, climbing up to see bats together, working and sweating together, praying and attending worship together!
This group of five from Tennessee was not the only group of people I met on this trip that I came to respect and to care for. Todd and his family are kind, generous people. They showed us a level of hospitality that is rare. They opened their home to us. We gathered in their kitchen three times daily for food and fellowship. (We ate really well!)
We ate well, but we worked up that appetite while working on the three cisterns alongside the receiving families and Victor with his team for four days. Reflecting back on the worksites, that same sense of unity and brotherhood could be seen, felt-just like at the church. All titles (American, Mexican, banker, teacher, man, woman) All boundaries (language, insecurities, fears, pride) were set aside and broken down. We worked together.
Brethren dwelling, working, living together in unity is possible only when such fruits of the Holy Spirit as love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, longsuffering, kindness, faithfulness, self-control (Galatians 5:22f) are found among them. Where these are present, one can catch a glimpse of the New Kingdom. And this glimpse was caught in many small moments on this amazing trip.

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