The Hayes Zoo

Our Purpose

- to know God and use our entire lives in service to Him.

- to stand in the gap through prayer, giving and service to viable ministries in Latin America.

- to be transparent helpers of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, using our resources and skills that through the Holy Spirit, we might encourage and equip those who have less.

- to share a living perspective from Latin America to our churches, friends and family in the states and beyond.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The past week

There have been various things going on here.

First of all is the fact that we've been cramming to finish some school materials that we were lent for the year. Wonderful, but now we've had to work pretty fast to finish the books because we need to get them back to the family we borrowed them from before they leave the country! So there's been lots of reading and fun times here but I (Faith) haven't been at the children's home much.

Yesterday we drove out to Calandria to move the rest of our things out of the cabin so that it is ready to hand over to the ranch. Eduventure has decided to close the Mexico campus and as we had left some things out there for the next semester...we had to clean up a bit. Gracias a Dios we were able to get it done in one day and it is ready for the next ministry to use! We were amazed and grateful as we remembered the fellowship, growth, sweet times for our kids, days with only the sun for power (and a battery charger to run the teeeeny fridge), water issues and mice scampering everywhere. God has been very good to us through these roads he brought us to. His people are everywhere and we've been blessed by them. Today involves unloading the truck and re-organizing a bit some of the things from the ranch.

Over the last week and a half or so Alan has been working on our pastor's vehicles. They live just down the street so it's been an easy commute. :) They have been blessed with some donated vehicles but out of the three only one is working at this point. Alan has been trouble shooting on one of the vans and then earlier this week, the car was having trouble. He's thinking that the car is fixed now and hopefully, the van be up and running fine this week. They need the bigger van to get out to the ranch where Juan Carlos does bible study once a week with the community out there. The little car just doesn't make it on those roads...

Also, last weekend we were the parents/guardians of 18 kiddos or so at a "Dia del Niño" celebration that the maquiladora (factory) in town. They had invited the kids from the children's home and the workers and their families. Reyes and Brenda had another commitment that they had to take care of so Alan and I, along with Matuse, (one of the helpers) took the kids. I will be honest and say it was a bit nuts. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure. I hope they aren't too was practically impossible to get a "still" shot. These fiestas are a H.U.G.E. deal and the kids are beside themselves with excitement and just can't hold still. :)

There were piñatas, dancing, prizes for some games, a little lunch with cake, and of course the candy bags at the end. We've come to realize something interesting here. A lot of times they don't fill the piñatas themselves with candy. They just have them for the sheer fun of whacking it. I don't get it and neither do the kids. :) Sometimes as a joke they'll fill it with flour or confetti but they are doing more of the goody bags to keep things even.

Janelle also had a birthday (8!!!) last week and we had several of the neighborhood kids over for cupcakes, piñata, and play and when they found out that we actually filled the piñata with the candy...the eyes lit up all over the place. Here is a couple of pictures from that too.

We've also been in the helping with communication department with the children's home. There have been a couple of times over the last week or so that they've needed a formal letter to send to the "presidente" (mayor) of the town here to solicit either donations or explain something. Once Alan packed up the computer and printer and took things to the children's home but on Monday, Reyes (the director), came here and they worked on a letter together. We've also had the phone calling back and forth between them and Juarez (where the org. is headquartered). For the most part, the bigger bills are paid through Juarez and handled through there. Well, last week their power was cut. After some hunting around it was found that there had been no payment. So that meant a couple of phone calls to Juarez to see what happened. After finding out that it had been paid (a bit late) then Alan and Reyes were off to the electric company to see if everything was clear and when the power would be turned back on. We're hoping that it's all clear by now. Alan will find out today.

Wow...that is scattered. But then we're wanting to share what life is really like here so there you go! This playing safety stuff is a bit hard to track some days.

Much love to each of you and your families!!

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