This time last week, Nisha was starting back at her old nursery whilst we went house hunting. Nisha really enjoyed seeing her Mexican friends and teachers again, but found it quite hard not being able to talk to them like she can talk to her friends in the UK. On Tuesday she was quite emotional and said she wanted to live in both England and Mexico at the same time and have all her friends and family in one place (we can say 'amen' to that too). The next day was a lot better however, especially as they all went swimming, and Friday was a highlight as the school put on a special event to celebrate Fathers Day. Nisha and Steve were on a team with other dads and their children and had to complete various physical challenges. Nisha was especially proud when their team won the competition!
Helen and I saw a host of different houses, all with various pros and cons. Then towards the end of last week we found a house that was almost perfect and under budget! The landlord has had missionaries as tenants in the past and so was keen to have us, so he reduced the rent by £100 a month.
One of our highest priorities was safety, as westerners can be a target in Mexico City, so this house is based in a gated community, which means in our neighbourhood there is one road in and one road out. At both of these points there are guards checking who comes in and out as well as patrolling the area. Our street (cul de sac) has it's own guard in addition to this - so it's pretty much as safe as you're going to get! We also have a good amount of space to host people, something that's very important in Mexican culture and to us as well, and we also have space for guests - so get your reservations in before the rush! As they always say here in Mexico "mi casa es tu casa" (my house is your house).
Next week we need to start looking at furniture etc so we can move in (we're living in temporary accommodation at the moment). We've already bought a lot of stuff at a bargain price from a couple moving to the States, so God has truly blessed us and provided for us already.
Church was very special this morning as every man stood up and declared promises to follow God unconditionally, to lead their families, honour their wives, teach their children and live as holy men of God. This happened in several other churches as well. If we all meant those promises we made we are going to see some amazing transformations amongst families here in our churches. As in any culture, family breakdown is the main reason why children and young people run away from home. So if the families become stronger here that will make a difference to the number of kids on the street.