Very early Saturday morning, Steve headed across the border near Reynosa, Mexico loaded down with tracts (that the young people in Saltillo have taken on as a project for impacting their city), flip-flops (for distribution to those who need shoes) and child evangelism supplies (for Sunday Schools and VBS). He was able to make it through two immigration inspections with no problems, for which we thank the Lord.
Four hours later, he arrived in the large city of Saltillo and picked up Pastor Dolores Hernandez Mata and his son, Jaziel. He was able to visit with several of the youth and others in the church who had gathered to make tamales. From there they continued an hour south to the little town of San Rafael, where they left Jaziel to play with his cousin, Dante.
Then they drove a couple more hours to the village of Galeana, high in the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains. They were able to visit Pastor Francisco (Panchito) de la Rosa and his wife in their home, where they were served a delicious meal of cactus (both the stem and the flower), fish, tortillas, agave honey with cheese and fresh, warm agave juice.
Outside of Pastor Panchito's home.
This couple has worked tirelessly for 4 decades in this mountainous area of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. They are so, so sweet! Pastor Panchito has good memories of some of the United Holiness people from Michigan visiting with them in Galeana, before the work was turned over to the Bible Methodists.
The beautiful Sierra Madre mountains. (I'm thankful for electricity, but I really wish those lines weren't in these pictures!). ;o)
Visiting with some of Pastor Panchito's faithful church people.