The Hayes Zoo
- 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.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Faith miscarried not long after we arrived. This was very unexpected - no pun intended - and it has taken a while to bounce back. The past couple weeks have been spent recovering, physically as well as emotionally. We had some family that were passing through town that we were able to spend some time with as well; we all enjoyed that. The family that has very graciously hosted us for our time here is going on vacation later this week, and we have decided to stay a little while longer here to house-sit for them.
Last week we had the chance to meet up with some home-school friends from the area; we spent the morning at a park, and then visited a local reptile-house / zoo appropriately named the 'snake farm'. Of course, Riley had no interest in anything there.
We have arranged a couple of meetings next week to talk about the work in Mexico, with a couple more potential meet-ups pending, so our extra time here will not be ill-spent. In addition, we would love to talk with anyone else in the San Antonio / Austin / South Texas area who would like to hear more about the work that we are involved with. At this point it looks like we will be here for a couple more weeks, and then moving on toward the Denver area after that.
Many thanks to all those who have been praying for us over the past weeks. It seems the entire missionary community in Mitla has been under a spiritual oppression the past months, directed at selected families but affecting us all. The oppression continues, with more than 30 people now suffering the effects of an e. coli outbreak. In addition, Luke Jensen, the local 9-year-old hero of our home church in Hockinson, Wa, finally succumbed to a 3-year battle with Leukemia this past week, and Zury, the three-year-old daughter of good friends in Madera, Chihuahua, was diagnosed with a similar strain of Leukemia a couple weeks ago. In addition to our own problems, we feel the weight of the struggles and burdens of our friends and family in Christ as well, and ask that you would remember them as well in your prayers.