People living in Puebla respectfully call the nearby 17,000 foot-high volcano Popocatepetl “PoPo” and when it erupts, everybody, including folks in Mexico City some 83 miles northeast of here, can hear, feel and smell the explosions.
PoPo is not erupting today, though, as you can see from the photo above, its typical grey smoky plume is clearly visible. Despite the silence, everybody knows that just below the crater, pressure and heat are building for the inevitable next eruption.
Turn on a cable TV reality show about home remodeling, customizing cars or rescuing animals and odds are good there will be an episode that revolves around having to get something done by a deadline.
Miss the deadline and bad things will come to pass. It’s all faux drama, of course, using a corny plot device to, hopefully, keep viewers’ attention focused on the program long enough to impact ratings and advertising sales.
Here in Puebla, Mexico, on Day Two of the 20th annual Friendship mission trip week, there was genuine drama with a real deadline and costly consequences for failing to get a crucial task done within the available time.
It’s Puebla Week for 2020, so I and a bunch of fellow believers from Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville, Maryland, and a bunch of other places from around the country are here for the week to do construction work for Hananeel Baptist and to share the Gospel with the people of this beautiful city.
I’ll be posting reports here on HillFaith each day to share what’s happening. We will be erecting a roof on the third floor of Hananeel’s main building, starting tomorrow, plus assorted other carpentry, electrical, etc. chores.
Today, though, a bunch of us will be in the worship service at Hananeel, and others of us are heading over to a church plant in a distant suburb where Friendship’s Senior Pastor, Mark Massey, will share a message and I will talk a bit about how the Lord has blessed me.
It’s going to be a great week, so stick around for each day’s reports, plus lots of photos. And all prayers are appreciated!
Tuesday, day three, at Hananeel Baptist Church in Puebla, Mexico, is a beautiful, bright, comfortably warm day and the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team is making good things happen.
Check out, for example, the progress being made in turning that construction staging area seen in Monday’s post into a beautiful, peaceful courtyard that will become a place of serenity and prayer in the midst of the very busy streets of Puebla.