“Saludos de Cozumel” Greetings from Cozumel – June 13, 2010

Volunteer efforts during the Spring 2010 Mission Trip benefitted numerous organizations and families. We’ve taken a break from posting here to focus on follow-up for these mission projects and to help local organizations plan and access resources needed for the coming months. We’re resuming frequent postings to share updates.

Vida Abundante Christian Outreach Ministry deeply appreciates ALL the volunteer and donor support received recently.

I attended their weekly Sunday evening Celebration Worship service . . . just stopped by unannounced because I wanted to see Pastora Mariela and observe how the new worship platform was being used.

What a wonderful experience . . . all 2 and 1/2 hours! Yes, it is true. . .that’s about the length of a normal worship service. Nothing is a “rush” here and no one glances at their watch. The generousity of donors and tireless hours mission volunteers have invested in supporting Vida Abundante was acknowledged four times throughout the service by the pastor and a number of church members.

Pastora Mariela encouraged everyone to look around at their outdoor worship center and notice all the things provided by donors . . . the metal roof shielding us from rain during the service, the bibles from the Bible Blessings project initiated by the SAIL group, and especially the beautiful new worship platform built during the Spring 2010 Mission Trip. They asked me to extend their greetings, blessings and THANKS to brothers and sisters in the United States.

Sometimes people ask, “Why spend your time and energy helping people in Mexico when there are so many that need help in our own country?” It’s simple . . . the local people of Cozumel (and throughout Mexico) are sooooo appreciative! They don’t have a sense of entitlement.

They are especially proud of the new platform as it is the focal point for worship services three times a week, children’s programs and other special events. This project was a partnership between the church (Pastor Jose identified design elements and church volunteers applied the special paint); donors from First Christian Church in Lincoln, NE, and mission volunteers. Photos tell the story best . . .

View of worship platform before

BEFORE – Worship Platform assembled from available materials

The platform was unsafe

BEFORE – Unsafe platform made of reclaimed wood pallets

Worship Platform Construction

DURING – Sturdy construction built in sections

The Construction Continued

DURING – Designed & built by mission volunteers

The Construction Completed

AFTER – Construction is completed by volunteers. Now ready for painting

The Construction Completed

AFTER – Special industrial paint used at airports resists dirt & water



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Check back often for Cozumel news and community service updates.

Karen

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