Thursday, April 18, 2013

February Trip - Part 19

*Special thanks to Brennan Muir for these pictures
This is the home where the guys stayed while they were ministering in San Gabriel de Mixtepec, Oaxaca

The kitchen where some of their meals were prepared.

Beginning the hike through the jungle to their first service of the evening.

Part of the trail used tree roots as steps.

In another part, steps had been cut in the dirt.

Missionary Steve Stetler, Saltillo Pastor Dolores Hernandez and Mission Director Tim Keep continue their trek through the jungle to church.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

February Trip - Part 18

Missionary Brennan Muir plays the keyboard at the home of Sister Eufemia (the widow of San Gabriel Pastor Desi, who died in August), while Saltillo Pastor Dolores Hernandez looks on.

Papaya tree.

Ladies selling beautiful flowers in San Gabriel.

Brennan joins a group of church people walking to their next service...

And now he is off the road and onto the rugged trail.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

February Trip - Part 17

Arriving for a service at the Santa Maria mission station in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Some of the Santa Maria congregation.

Missionary Steve Stetler translating for Mission Director Tim Keep.

Steve and Saltillo Pastor Dolores Hernandez praying with seekers.

The men enjoyed cactus salad ...

... and mole de iguana (a sweet red sauce with iguana meat in it).

Having coffee and bread after the service in Los Mangales.

*Special thanks to Brennan Muir for these pictures.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

February Trip - Part 16

After 6 hours of traveling from Oaxaca City to San Gabriel, the guys drove about 45 minutes farther to their first service of the evening.
Saltillo Pastor Dolores Hernandez and Mission Director Tim Keep at the Bible Methodist mission station in Santa Maria.

Pastor Carlos.

After the service in Santa Maria, they drove another 30 minutes to have a service in Los Mangales. Many people gathered outside the mission.

And a nice, attentive group gathered inside. Love those kids on the front row, taking it all in.

Missionary Brennan Muir speaking to the congregation.

The children following along in their Bibles.

Mission Pastor Apolinar.

A precious family in the service.

Finishing up their time in  Los Mangales with coffee and sweet bread.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

February Trip - Part 15

A young man from the Oaxaca City Bible Methodist Church fixing the brakes on the Mountaineer before the guys set off for San Gabriel.

Finishing up the brake job.

It's a long way down!

Pastor Dolores climbing up to the mountain stream and waterfall. His size gives some perspective to the height of the waterfall.

Such beauty.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

February Trip - Part 14

Missionary Steve Stetler, Missions Director Tim Keep and Pastor Bernardo, loading up the vehicle for the trip from Oaxaca City to San Gabriel.

But, before they leave they discover that the brakes need to be replaced, so Steve begins the repairs ...

... with Pastor Dolores' help. A young man from the church comes to help and they are soon on their way.

Back on the road, they pass a fruit stand selling sugar cane and coconuts.

These girls are using an umbrella to shield themselves not from rain, but from bright sunlight.

A line of small taxis and their drivers wait in the shade for customers.

On a dirt road, the men pass a farmer traveling on his wagon pulled by a donkey.

A beautiful mountain stream and waterfall.

An automotive electrical shop in Oaxaca.

*Special thanks to Brennan Muir for these pictures.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

February Trip - Part 13

The street in front of the Bible Methodist Church in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca.

A tiny taxi in Oaxaca.

A restaurant on wheels.

Steve Stetler and Brennan Muir in Oaxaca City.

A street musician playing 2 instruments at one time on the city square.

Here's a snack idea: fried grasshoppers!

Here's another snack idea: fried grubs!

Pan dulce - Sweet bread.

Tortillas with black beans, cheese and salsa.

Tim Keep and Steve talking with Oaxaca City Pastor Bernardo Rivera Lopez and his wife, Arely.

*Special thanks to Brennan Muir for these pictures.