I have some exciting news! It doesn’t involve marriage or pregnancy! Or magically being able to eat gluten again! It’s more better than that!
I am headed back to Pan de Vida this summer! This will be my sixth trip, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m headed down with a team mostly comprised of people from British Columbia, as well as a certain Mississippian (!!!!).
If you know what Pan de Vida is and what it means to me, you can understand my excitement. For those of you that don’t know, Pan de Vida is an orphanage in Queretaro, Mexico, just three hours north of Mexico City. It’s a place that has stolen a piece of my heart and changed my life for a number of reasons.
Since starting a real life adult job, I wasn’t sure if or when I’d ever get to visit. But the opportunity arose, and I jumped at the chance. While in Mexico, we could be painting, pouring concrete, laying interlock brick, tiling floors, or general maintenance work. We’ll do whatever needs to be done. Along with Pan de Vida (where we’ll be staying), we have the opportunity to visit a sister orphanage down the road (Esperenza Para Ti), another sister orphanage (Dulce Refugio) 4 hours away in Aguascalientes. We will also visit Otimi House, a community centre for the indigenous people in the mountains of Mexico. If that sounds familiar, it’s because I wrote about it once.
I’m letting you know this for a few reasons.
1. We need prayer.
2. We need financial support.
3. We need more prayer.
The biggest and easiest thing you can do is pray for us and our team. Pray for safety, protection, team unity, for our hearts to be changed and broken, and for our health. I’ve been five times already, but the trip always challenges and breaks me in a new way each time I go. Pray that we’ll be prepared for what we encounter.
If you’ve got a bunch of extra money you don’t know what to do with, consider donating to us. Even if you don’t have money falling out of your butt, consider supporting us. Follow the steps below to donate online. We’d very much appreciate anything you can give.
Please, support us during our adventure! If this blog post doesn’t convince you, here is an adorable picture:
If you do donate online you’ll get a (Canadian) tax receipt. Just go here, choose “July 2013 Team” in the drop down menu and follow the steps. Then somehow let me know you donated and I’ll get your information and everything will be peachy.
And here’s another adorable picture. I’m so pasty.