Serving as a Family

Sometimes I`m just plain tired.  Sometimes it seems that the day`s or week`s agenda is a bit too crazy. And sometimes it seems that the sticks, cards, ropes and other play toys just can`t stay in their boxes…….hence there you have it, life as a family, strewn about.  If and when I think more critically about this, I fall to the trap of comparing our normal routines to that of the MCC utopian experience, which I like to describe as combining all the wonderful elements and positive experiences of MCC workers over decades and packaging it up into one family’s 3-year term…….certainly not realistic I know but hey, I`m still prone to dreaming.

HOWEVER, as a family serving with MCC in Chiapas, through our regular routines, conversations, and even one-off experiences, there is a particular dynamic that occurs in serving as a family unit. I deeply appreciate MCC`s vision and willingness to send families as volunteers. Yes it can open doors to understanding a new culture, and yes it closes doors too due to family committments and time constraints. And while in no way am I trying to compare the service of MCC workers who are single to those who are in immediate family situations, I wish to summarize a few thoughts and experiences that have significant meaning for us as a family.  So, in no order of importance, here`s a smattering of  photos and comments that reflect the more sublte side of our time to date as service workers.

Through a broader approach to our specific work assignments:

  • Combining strengths….in this way everyone wins, and we have opportunities to expand our horizons and perspectives.
  • We have to at times do things that could appear as chores, but also could appear as learning opportunities
  • Sometimes we get some spoils!! and enjoy things we didn’t necessarily have to work for!!

At times we all enjoy helping out at Rick's INESIN garden - Rick has developed this space which has allowed INESIN to demonstrate some technical aspects of the community workshops in their own backyard.

An experiment in soap making - perhaps its better to try something yourself first before trying to teach others!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacquie and the kids joined Rick in one of his communities to do a pizza and banana bread workshop in March.  Only two of the participants had ever tasted pizza – and what an experience for us to bake in a clay oven! In the end we all were able to learn something new.

Hilary loves any and all textures: dirt and sand, flour, sugar, laundry soap, water, scrap of satin cloth etc. etc. Here in Mexico, everyone loves Hilary's green eyes and blond hair!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through community and church activities

  • Taking part in children’s activities is a fun way to connect with other adults and revive our imaginative side
  • We participate with the masses, in order to identify and better understand a people and culture we did not know before
  • We worship in ways that are familiar in order to feed our spirits and maintain our vision.
  • We try to lend a helping hand where and when needed, and we participate with our communities to help build a more just society and a healthier world.

Students, teachers and parents of Pinguinos school at a local park to video-tape the pre-schoolers yoga routine

We joined the crowd in the nearby barrio to honor Good Friday as we observed a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Picnic, roasted meat, stream-hopping.....very natural way to deepen friendships!

Jacquie singing in our church's Easter choir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through participation in areas of interest and passion (recently, at a Kid’s Bible Camp)

  • We step out at times to practice leading and facilitating, in an effort to learn, grow, share and contribute.
  • We strive to care for the earth in a way that reflects Biblical values
  • We open our hearts and make friends!

Jacquie leading a morning devotional - "The Heaven's declare the glory of God" - Ps 19:a

Ecology Class - Rick focused on learning about trees, here the kids are measuring out the girth of the largest Mexican tree.

 

 

 

 

 

Hilary is still saying how much she misses her "amigas"

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Rick also had all the kids make name-tags out of recycled material and the next day adopt a tree

 

 

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One Response to Serving as a Family

  1. Shirley says:

    So good to read your news. God bless you as you serve as a family.

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