Last week we said goodbye to our jogging stroller.
It served us well for 8 1/2 years.
I hope it will now meet someone else's need for a few more years.
The kids and I went out to a nearby community with two Mexican friends of ours who work in "Alcance" (outreach). Each afternoon a group of staff split up to go out to different migrant labour camps and neighboring communities. They teach a little bible lesson (this week we learned about kindness), sing a bunch of fun actions songs, play games and then serve milk and peanut butter. I think each community and camp have their own specific day for class and have the same teacher each week. It was obvious the kids were excited about their class as they ran after the old Alcance van. They dashed out of homes and yards as we drove past announcing the class was about to begin . It was also obvious how much the teachers love each one of the kids and their ministry to them.
As you can see in the above picture, Aili was our milk server.
This is a picture of a Oaxacan woman kneeling and weaving their trademark colours into fabric to make a traditional dress. It is a very
tedious proccess. I don't think my knees (especially 7 months pregnant) would ever be able to unfold after kneeling on a cement floor for that long.
Little Louisa is standing behind her wearing one of the hand made sweaters the visiting group from Alberta left for them when they made the new house. Warm clothing is such a need here on the Baja of Mexico. There are some places that are notoriously hot, further from the ocean, or further south, but right here it gets very windy and cold. In the winter here it can hovor just above freezing which doesn't sound that cold compared to somewhere like Canada. It's more accurate to compare it to camping in Canada in October or in May...no heater, flimsy tent, and no sleeping bag. We still use the propane furnace in our trailer every night.
The work on the new "guardaria" (daycare) building is coming along quickly. They have already framed, wired and plumbed the inside and are now starting on dry wall.
The day care is a very important ministry here. Mothers here typically work long hard days in the strawberry fields just to make enough to provide some most basic neccesities for their families. Preschool age childen are left unattended, or older siblings are unable to go to school because they must watch the home and the younger siblings.
Early each morning the day care van picks up the enrolled preschoolers and brings them back to the guardaria. They are all bathed, given clean uniforms (while their other clothes are washed), taught a preschool curriculum, fed, nurtured and loved until they are dropped off back home in the afternoon.