We are missing the team that came from S. Wales already. Andrew, Helen, Miriam and Sam were an encouragement, blessing, support, help, and became great friends to our family (Nisha and Anya especially loved having them around!), as well as to many other Mexicans here.
They were here for two weeks, and although we thoroughly wore them out, we felt the time went much too quickly. The 2 weeks were busy and at times intense, but the team coped really well, and were willing to go the extra mile even when they were cream crackered! The photo above shows them helping to give out food to a group they visited on the streets. They also spent a number of days at the drop in centre, and towards the end of their visit they enabled a group of kids and young people (mainly from the drop in centre) to go on a day outing to a beautiful location outside of Mexico City where there is a geothermic river and swimming pools that the kids could have fun in . For those kids the memory of that day will last forever, and the words and actions of the team made a real impact of their lives. Each member of the team sharedf part of their testimony or a message at some point of their stay, and each time God used what they shared to encourage those around them.
We know that the impact will not end there either. Whenever people come to visit, one of the greatest benefits to the work is that these people go home and pray even more fervently, and get others to pray and get involved as well. If any of you reading this would like to hear more about their experiences or would like to know how to get on a team yourself, please get in touch, we are always up for more people coming and having a first hand experience!
Since the team leaving, we also had to say a sad goodbye to the Reid family who left for a year's home assignment in N. Ireland, They are like an extended family to us and they stayed with us for a few days before leaving, which meant we had some good quality time with them.
At the same time however, a treasured member of the MEFI team - Alex's brother, Memo - died after a long battle with illness. He had been our cook at the drop in centre and had provided delicious meals, despite being blind and cooking using only touch and smell! He will be sorely missed by many, especially of course his family (he has two kids in their late teens/early 20's). Please pray for this precious family as they have been through so much recently, we know that the enemy wants to discourage them, but their faith and perseverance have been an example to many.