|The Mission Mexico truck — none of what follows would be possible without it|
The truck is loaded and ready to go. My alarm is set for 5:30 in the morning. It will be an early start for a busy four days in “the Mountain.”
There will be lots of time on the wet, muddy “roads” to think about the quote above from Dr. Agnes Wong, professor at the University of Toronto. As Mission Mexico, are we trying to “fix” what is broken, are we “helping” what is weak from “a position of being better or stronger,” or are we “coming from a deep place of humility to serve life as a whole”? In the end, I think that it is our impoverished Mexican friends who get to decide. But maybe if I share with you, the reader, some (and this is just some) of what will be happening during the next four days, you too can make a tentative decision.
|These children in Teocuitlapa like just playing on the back of the truck|
|Some of the villages don't have a road, so one does what one must do to deliver assistance|
|Thevillages don't have gift shops, but the people creatively share, as you can see|
|First trip ever to Mexico City for Josefina and her mother|
|Esmeralda received a carriage from a generous family in Tlapa; this is her bed|
|The two oldest children, Angela and Andrea, are great at looking after little sisters and brothers|
|Alberta in front of her house — six children to raise on her own now|
|Being with Yenicel might be as close to heaven/God as I will ever get|
|These children in Majawa are comtent with gifts donated by people in Tlapa|
|Driving a four-wheel-drive truck on terrible roads means extra maintenance costs|
on occasion. I am most grateful for solidarity in this part of the budget.