Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Our Tour of Mexico continues

What a wonderful week it has been! 

 We arrived back in Mexico City on Tuesday.  We had traveled to Cordoba Stake and made a presentation to the leaders there, then on Monday traveled around the stake and visited some homes and businesses to see their resources.  They are ready to start their program, and Ellis' will wait for their contact next to go on to the next step.  It was amazing what we saw.  And so many willing people to get the project started.  
The drive home was long, 11 hours to drive a 3 hour trip.  But home in one piece.

On Wednesday evening I went to the Folklorico Ballet with some of the other
missionary couples, Dana wasn't feeling well, so didn't go.
Here are some photos from the Ballet.

We flew to Tuxtla Gutierez, Chiapas on Friday.
Met with 3 Stake Presidencies on Friday night,
then had Saturday to visit a town in the highlands of Chiapas, San Cristobal.
Here we shopped and saw the Chamulos (Mayan) People.
Such a dream for us.

Sunday after Sacrament meeting the Mission President, President Cardenas
came and picked us up to visit a disitrict under him in the Highlands of Chiapas.
Again visiting the Chamulos people, but these are members of the Church.
Only in my most coveted dreams are these things possible.
It was a 2 hour drive through very windy roads before we arrived.
The members, still in church meetings, we are able to visit with them about the 
program, and hear their questions and answer them.
Sister Ellis is fluent in Spanish.
We visited 2 branches, the second branch we parked the car at the top of the mountain
road, then walked 1/4 mile down the hill to find a LDS Chapel on the side of the 
mountain with members waiting for us to arrive.

We visited one of the family's home, right on the side of the mountain.

Then a mad rush back to Tuxtla Gutierez for the 7 pm meeting we were going to.
We had a great visit with the Mission President as we traveled,
and he decided he wanted to take us to another District in his mission 
that the members also needed help, so he picked us up the
next morning at 8 and we drove to Oaxaca to that district.

He so loves his people, and was willing to take 2 days out of his busy schedule
to take us to these places, so that they would have the opportunity to have
this program to help their people.  We arrived back at 6 pm to the hotel.
2 long days, but wonderful in the things we saw, and the people who will 
now have the opportunity to become self reliant.

Today we have a few hours in between visiting resources and members homes.
and I am writing just a few words to share.

What a great work this is, and what wonderful people we have been able to meet.
We are so impressed with the leadership everywhere, and the people.
Mexico is much more advanced than we ever could have imagined.
We love this calling, and love these people.


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