PUEBLA 2019: Our Mission Is Now Completed And We Are Heading Home Tomorrow

Hananeel’s new courtyard received its last paver early this morning as the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission completed its work and then took off for the downtown Plaza.

We have to leave very early in the morning to catch our return flight to Houston, then back to Dulles where a church bus will be waiting to haul our very tired selves back to FBC and home.

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PUEBLA 2019: Three Amigos At The Well And Pavers Corner Reached

Thursdays in Puebla for the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team are always the last full day we have to complete our week’s work, so it typically becomes the busiest of our time here.

Today was no exception on either our construction work projects or our visitation and evangelism efforts. It was easily the most exciting and productive day of our week. Here’s why:

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PUEBLA 2019: Hump Day At Hananeel Is Always A Tough One

Remember that GEICO commercial with the camel strolling through the office asking everybody what day it is until a lone exasperated employee finally says the magic words? You know, “Hump Day!”

Wednesday is Hump Day because it’s between two sets of two workdays each. It’s the same for the annual Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team to Hananeel Baptist Church. Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: Hump Day At Hananeel Is Always A Tough One”

PUEBLA 2019: A Beautifully Paved Courtyard Is Taking Shape At Hananeel

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.

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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. Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: A Monday Journey Way Out, Including A Taste Of Cactus”

PUEBLA 2019: Today We Sing, Tomorrow The Hard Work Begins

Our group of Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) men from Maryland in Puebla for the 19th consecutive year on a construction mission always join the Hananeel congregation in their Sunday service and it is invariably a memorable experience.

These folks love to sing, their band members know their stuff and the congregation lets loose. It’s all in Spanish, of course, and I’ve always had trouble picking up the rhythm of the language. Slowly but surely, I think I am getting it.

Regardless, these people sing to the Lord with joy and adoration and they can carry you along.  Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: Today We Sing, Tomorrow The Hard Work Begins”

PUEBLA 2019: There Was A Time You Couldn’t Pay Me To Do This

It wasn’t that long ago that no amount of money would have been enough to get me to do what I will do for the fourth time in five years, starting early tomorrow morning, February 2.

Me and more than a dozen buddies from Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville, Md., and thereabouts will board a United Airlines flight from Dulles International Airport to Houston. It’s the first leg of a trip that takes us to Puebla, Mexico, arriving late tomorrow evening.

Why are we going there?

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