Saturday, April 16, 2011

Trial Run

It has been so long since my last post. It's not that I haven't had anything to write about, mainly that I have not been in a writing mood. It is sometimes quite hard to sit down and try and write. Fortunately I am in that mood tonight. It might have something to do with Applegate's Saturday Night Worship playing on my computer. It might have something to do with the time of solitude, reflection, and devotion i find myself in right now, compared to the last few days. Whatever it is, I miss it! I have quite a few updates for you.

Almost two weeks ago (its been that long) I went down to Mexico for my first time ever, despite living in Tucson for four years now! The mission of the trip was to complete a house for a family down there. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to get some first hand practice at building a house, but more importantly, I was able to see the desperation for housing just 5 minutes across the border. There is such a need for a simple shelter around this globe! The house we built wasn't much compared to American standards. It was basically a simple 300, maybe 400 square foot house made of brick and mortar with a slanted metal ceiling with Styrofoam insulation. Not much at all and yet they were so grateful! It protected against the sun, against the rain, against the wind, It was shelter. The kids in the area were such a blessing too! I met (and by met, i mean saw) 20 kids who all wanted a tennis ball. They smiled and played catch, and bounced their new toy, biked with them in the spokes of their tires. The kids were hands down the best part of the trip. One kid loved juggling a soccer ball with his feet and he was sooooo good at it. I would always count how many times he kept the soccer ball in the air while his little friend / brother(?) would yell out a number twice as high! CUARENTA!!! It was such a blessing to be able to help out with the house.

Regarding support letters, I was able to finally write them all of the people that asked for one and gave me their mailing address. I still have some to write to various churches I am a part of. Up until today, I was waiting to send them because I had no stamps, but on further inspection and a quick cleaning of my room, I got that taken care of. So if you asked for a letter, be encouraged that it is on its way. It was so fun writing them and I am blessed to have your guys' support on this trip!

The last thing I have been doing lately is training more frequently. Yesterday, I ran 8.5 miles. I haven't been biking much, except on the weekends, but the running is keeping me in shape. One of these days I plan on biking of Mt Lemmon to practice before I have to bike up Skyhomish pass on my trip. I hope all of you readers, supporters, friends, and family are doing amazing! I am once again so blessed to have you in my life!

Ta Ta for now