PUEBLA 2019: A Monday Journey Way Out, Including A Taste Of Cactus

Workday one in Puebla, Mexico, for our band from Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) fell on February 3, which also happens to be the national holiday celebrating adoption in 1917 of the country’s current constitution.

Fireworks are a big deal in Mexico and a major battle of the revolution that lasted from 1910 to 1920 was won by the constitution forces here in Puebla. So the celebrations in this region are much like re-enactments in the U.S. of battles from our Civil War.

As always, our day began in a prayer circle with our Hananeel hosts, as you can see in the photo to the right. Then we divided into two groups. The construction guys made major progress on the courtyard leveling and preparation for laying of pavers.

The photo at the top of this post was taken yesterday when no work had been done. The guys got a lot done today, so I’ll post a photo of their progress at the end of the day tomorrow.

I was part of the other group. We headed to the high hills surrounding Puebla to visit a family in a little village known as Santa Clara. The village is a rough neighborhood that has seen violence in recent days.

The family we visited are Christians. When I say “family,” that includes the grandmother and grandfather who were there, their son-in-law and daughter, with the grandkids, and a couple of cousins as well. There were also some neighbors, including a young couple with a couple of beautiful children.

They treated us like long lost friends, cooking up a wonderful lunch of freshly slicked, then smoked flank steak, spaghetti and grilled cactus. Yes, grilled cactus. Tastes somewhat like a green bean, but has an okra-like feel to it in your mouth.

Blair shared a message from Luke about Zacchaeus, the tax collector, and how he was changed forever by his encounter with Jesus, even to the point of restoring all the fraudulent taxes he had collected. Then I talked a bit about how I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

A son, daughter-in-law and their two young children accepted Christ, which, of course, was a cause for great celebration. And I won’t be surprised if we return next year and find these wonderful folks have had a tremendous impact on their village.

More tomorrow.

Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland.

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