We're waiting for Laura to arrive this week - we can’t wait!
Mike went to get the kids. They had SO much fun this weekend. I will write more later
on this when I can. Matt and I came here and worked on a map then did a little music and praise time with Mike and the kids.
Thank you all again for all your love, prayers and support. Please keep Dean in your prayers
as well for his travel; he will come here this Thursday. Laura will arrive on Wednesday.
We all appericate your PRAYERS!!!!! Please keeep them going!
Love in CHRIST JESUS,
up, and got the place ready for us to be gone for the weekend (so we can come back to a clean place!) After we drop Kelly and Tim off, I will go to spend time with Jonathon and Hannah and Matt. So that will be a lot of fun. Oh guess what Matt and one of the guys have a puppy her name is Cindy. She is so cute has great blue eyes and is a sandy color.
Their group will come in Sunday night, and I will be back here Sunday night to to pick up the kids. I guess we are going into El Paso to some friend's house later this evening.
Thanks for all your love, prayers, and support of us while we are gone. Keep Dean in your prayers to as he travels back and forth here and to Raleigh, NC for a job that he is working on. Mr. Joel is also with him.
We had nice visits with the kids, but for this weekend they will both be at the same house (and, I think its just a "mom thing," but it makes me feel much better). After dinner the kids
went out to play soccer with the children from the neighborhood - it was a lot of fun. Except we had a sand storm in the middle of the game! So we all needed to have showers before bed.
Oh yes, the kids acted out a story for the children at the Indian's place. They did really well. The little children just loved them, teaching and playing with them. It was so cool: English / Spanish / Tar-amarah (I know that is not spelled right).
Today we did Bible studies and got stuff ready for when Tim comes to meet with us to do orientation. We went out to the place / course that is set up for groups to help build team work.
It was very interesting.
We had to all as a group get over the wall. We did make it. Yes, even me. I did not think I would make it back down, but once it did, it was not as bad as my mind thought it would be.
One of the boys from over at Las Tapias was with Tim, so he did it along with us. I was glad to see he took part in it. I talked with him some about joining in the Bible studies they have going on - he said no, he was shy. I told him he needed to just try sit and listen.
So still please keep them all in your prayers. I have not talked with Jonathon and Hannah since I left there on Monday morning.
So we are here in Texas right now. We have no Internet service in Mexico so we made a trip in to say "hi" and to let everyone know that we are still alive and having a great time! We have had little spurts of things to do. We got all of our stuff in our new room and have lots of food for the incoming group. We have cleaned, gotten stuff ready, made lots of decisions... and fun stuff like that.
It has been hot but we are not feeling it. We just drink ½ our weight in water each day, but that is good for us. =)
Jonathon and Matt have had so much fun together! They do all the "manly" jobs like fixing the swamp cooler, getting water, unloading stuff. Me (Hannah) and mom (Karin) do fun "womanly" jobs like doing laundry, washing lots of dishes, cooking, and cleaning. The four of us can really do some work!
Matt and Jonathon got to play the guitar and sing with Tim in a mini-service for the community. It was so good to see everyone come together. We got to eat at S-Mart which is like a Mexican Wal-mart. So cool! Then today we ate as we walked though Wal-mart after Tim. We're always running around, but it's so much fun. (This is what Jonathon told me to put in here, all about food.) =)
We have to cross the bridge to get here (to get on the Internet) and that can take up to 2 hours. Plus, all we have to do here in the States is get bulk food. So our bridge crossing is pretty limited. However, we will be on here when we can.
There are a few things that we'd ask you to pray for:
LOVE IN CHRIST,
Jonathon and Hannah Siler
Today, we went to New Mexico to a Brethren church called Riverside Bible Chapel. We saw some old friends and met some new ones. We went to meet up with Tim in order to get food to take back with us, but we weren't able to. However, we did meet with a group that will be here for a week. They are from Ohio - they just arrived this afternoon. They'll be working out at Carlos Chavira. We are here at the LCI office to use the Internet so I could write to you all!
Please pray for Jonathon and Matt as they minister to some young men that are living at Las Tapias. They will do a Bible study for 2 days a week and meet to pray for 6 days.
In response to your comments and questions:
Dean: Thank you for all your prayers and encouraging words. I liked your comments! I am glad you were able to go see Mercy Me. I am glad I get a signal sometimes so I can talk with you.
Geri: No, we are not fixing breakfast yet. Last night we did make brownies, as you know that was fun, since they don't have a temperature gauge on the oven! We also made popcorn and lemonade for a group of adults who will be taking a test at Las Tapias this morning.
Bonnie: No, we have not been to Chavira yet or the Hosienda. I am not sure when I will be going there. My group will come in the 21st of June.
Tommy: Thank you for all you encouraging words. Yes, it is hot but the air does help some.
Glad you had a good trip.
Thanks again to all for your PRAYERS!!!!!!
Love In CHRIST JESUS,
Yesterday was mine and Dean's 26th wedding anniversary! PRAISE the Lord! It is totally because of the Lord's grace that we can be at this point. Also, Dean, with the Lord's help, could allow me to be down here serving the Lord!
Elizabeth (from LCI) came by to fill us in on the groups that will be coming to stay at Las Tapias this summer. She was a great help with everything. Today, Margarita will leave for Colorado to spend two weeks with Angela. That will be a good treat for her. However, she is our main way of communicating with the people here - please pray for us to be able to communicate with them!
Today, Matthew Siler came back to help us at Las Tapias. That was really nice. He has been here for about 10 months so he has a little more experience communicating with the locals. =)~Karin Siler
Thanks to each and every one of you for praying for our mission trip! We arrived in El Paso, TX around 8:45pm on Tuesday. We were greeted by Tim and Margarita. It felt like we were home again. =) Margarita took us back to Las Tapias and we talked for a long time. It was hot sleeping in that weather! The fans sure did help.
On Wednesday, Margarita took us to meet with Tim at Costco to get food for the group coming in on Monday.
I'll try to provide short, daily updates while we're here!