Thursday, March 29, 2012

Faces - Part 3

Beautiful people in Oaxaca

Monday, March 26, 2012

Faces - Part 2

Ready for church in San Gabriel, Mixtepec, Oaxaca.

Mother and child after church in Oaxaca.

This couple pastors the Bible Methodist mission outpost in Junto a Los Rios, Oaxaca.

A sweet, young family after church in San Gabriel.

Young men coming to church in San Gabriel.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Junta de Los Rios - Part 3

Finally, after several hours of walking through dense growth, up and down hills, through creeks and over rickety, swinging bridges, Steve and the other weary hikers see the chapel come into view.

Pastor Israel and his wife, Irmina, in front of the church.

Junto a Los Rios Bible Methodist Mission.

The "pews" are wood planks supported by rocks or stumps.

The congregation during prayer.

On the right are Shane Craycraft, Tim Keep and Marc Sankey.

The congregation poses for Steve as he takes a group photo in front of the chapel.

Pastor Israel and Shane wade through the creek ... again!

After the long hike back, Mark, Tim, Shane and Steve (not pictured) get in the truck to go back to San Gabriel.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Junta de Los Rios - Part 2

After a brief rest, the group continues the long hike to the mission station.

Shane Craycraft, Marc Sankey and Tim Keep near the creek ... again.

San Gabriel pastor, Desiderio Lopez (pictured below right) and his son, Elias.

Mission Pastor, Israel, helps his wife, Irmina, cross a swinging bridge; Marc Sankey follows them.

The group prepares to cross the rickety bridge.

Marc finds a missing board!

Tim Keep pondering the advisability of taking the next step.

Steve crossing the bridge.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Junta de Los Rios - Part 1

While the men were traveling in Oaxaca in December they visited a mission church called Junto a Los Rios in a very remote location. The next several posts will be about that trek.

As the sun was rising, the guys waited by the San Gabriel Church, for the rest of the group.

They piled in the back of a pickup truck and set off down the dirt road.

When the road ended, the hiking began.

They had to wade through this creek several times.

More hiking.

The pastor (in the black hat) went first, trying to clear the heaviest brush with his machete.

About 1/2 way, they took a break at a home along the trail. You may be able to see that Pastor Desi's pants are wet from the stream crossings.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Faces - Part 1

There's a lot of potential right there!

A precious family.

Beautiful girls, with Pastor Desi in the background.

That vulnerable look in their eyes gets me every time ...

... even the adults have it.

Another sweet family.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dedication of Children

It is common in our churches for parents to dedicate their children to God and His service. During the December visit to Oaxaca there was a special service of dedication and you can see some pictures below.

Beautiful families!

Aren't they precious?! May God answer the dedicatory prayers given at this service.