Ever been camping in the winter?
You know, that kind of sleeping where you are curled up in a ball trying to keep warm and pray for the morning sunshine to come quickly? Well, Pedro and many others in General Cepeda, Mexico sleep like that every night. Pedro is a quiet older man with warm eyes and loving hugs. He hasn’t been able to work for the last ten years because of a work related injury that has left him with a chronic broken wrist. Not just some kind of swollen wrist looking thing, it is a complete bone separation of wrist and hand that leaves his hand hanging down about 4 inches more than normal and only attached by much stretched out muscle and tendons. He does not ask for much, in fact you have to bug him until he tells you his needs.
One day, after a night of below freezing weather he came to the mission house and we found out that; for some time now, he has been sleeping in a room next to a window with no glass to keep out the cold wind. At night he puts plastic over himself in bed to trap his body heat to try and stay warm. We knew we had to do something; and with the generosity of one of our mission partners, we were able to buy glass and install it for him.
There were many other people our group helped during our 3 weeks in General Cepeda, Mexico. One woman came with her small children the first freezing night we got there because it had rained and her roof leaked onto their beds, so our mission house hosts were able to find them some dry mattresses and bedding to give her family. There are other such instances of being able to provide for peoples physical and medical needs while we were there, but our main focus is to provide people the spiritual foundation that will guide them through the challenging times in their lives and give them everlasting hope. For it says in Phil 3:8 I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For his sake I have forfeited everything; I have accounted all else rubbish so that Christ may be my wealth…