Thursday, June 20, 2013

Quick Facts Q & A: Mexico Trailblazers

Q: So... who are you working with?
A: We are serving under two missionary families who have live here for over a year. They have established ministries that we are helping with.

Q: What kinds of ministries?
A: Well, last week we helped at a children's home -- we played sports, did arts and crafts and shared a Bible story. We also went into the nearby villages to establish relationships for potential church planting. 

Q: Where are you staying?
A: The boys are staying in an apartment a block away from one of the missionary families and the girls are in a house a few blocks from the Zocalo, the central downtown area. 

Q: Is the area safe?
A: Both neighborhoods are very safe. The boy's neighborhood is quiet, near the mountains. The girl's neighborhood is also safe, since the downtown area is touristy. The locations are about 10-15 minutes apart. 

Q: How do you get around?
A: We take public transportation which is very convenient. We can take buses, "collectivos" which is essentially a taxi with a set route, and regular taxis. Buses are the cheapest, but collectivos are faster and taxis are used for special destinations or late hours. 

Q: How long does it take to get to and from your destinations?
A: Buses are the slowest since they make a lot of stops. A bus to & from the apartment to the house takes about 20 minutes, and from the city to the villages it takes about 45-50 minutes, depending on which village. The collectivos can shave off 10-15 minutes. 

Q: What else should we know?
A: The food here is great, even though we have had to try many things in the village we're not used to. The big meal around here is called "comida" which lasts from 2-4. Because we travel around on public transportation, we get many opportunities to interact with nationals and share our story of why we're here and how God has changed our lives.

Q: How can we be praying for you?
A: Please pray for God to continue to open doors to form relationships with the nationals and to work through the local churches and faithfully serve our missionary families. Pray that we would be eager to share our stories and that the people would be receptive to hear.