Sorry it’s taken so long to send any info out on how I’ve been doing. No need to worry. There’s just been a lot to take in and, while you’ve all been in my thoughts and prayers all the time, I’ve had very little time to think about writing since I arrived. But now that I’ve settled in I should be writing fairly regularly (Once every week or so, probably).
It’s amazing here! Absolutely stunning! To get to the beach I literally have to walk outside and cross the street. So I’m there pretty much whenever I get a chance. I’m in a tourist town so if you were worried about me getting kidnapped by a Mexican gang or something…don’t be. At least not for the time being. It’s a beach town so it’s very chill. More crime than most American beach towns but relatively low crime for a Mexican city in general.
All the students are great and really talented musicians. We have a little over 35 students spanning 9 different nations (11 different nations if you include staff). We’ve been doing a lot of songwriting just in the last 2 weeks. There’s one in particular I wrote that I’ll preform for a crowd in the next couple days. I’ll definitely upload a video and send it. It’s a very creative atmosphere here.
We’ve started a local outreach too. Recently, we went to one of the more rough spots in town in the evening and handed out soup to the homeless. We wanted to feed them and hopefully have an opportunity to start a conversation about the reason we’re trying to help (that being Jesus, of course) just to build relationships and maybe show people it’s possible for Christians to do street ministry without shoving a tract in their face.
I’m also in a small group that’s going to help with an after school program for children starting sometime this week. We’ll be teaching them to play songs. We will play games with them and such. It should be a good time for the kids.
I can’t thank all of you enough who have supported me in whatever ways you could to send me here. It’s amazing and I can’t wait to see what else God has in store while I’m in Mexico and wherever I go on my outreach (I’m not sure yet but it’s either Panama, Uganda, or Haiti. I’ll give you more info on that when I know).