Day 13: Outreach 29th June 2018

Today at the El Rancho we helped the kids with tie dying shirts. Our Team Boyz helped Geoff teach a Warrior dance called “Kia Kaha” and we had the added pleasure of having Dustin with us today. Our Boyz were excited to see him again! Jades mom Kecia Replogle also joined us with Taylor & Marie Perez, Becca and Erin Cooper, Jodi, Adam, Mykal and Deklan Woodden… What a blessing to get a taste of Montrose after just being here 4 days. Our Montrose Families left after our time at Rancho as the Team headed for their rooms to get a short break before lunch. We had another worship time which turned into a time where God revealed that the enemy is after our authority as a Team, corporately and individually.  Our times of goofing off and horsing around has exposed a few things 1) We’re fearful of stepping into our authority for the sake of losing friends 2) Our foolishness is an actual distraction from Gods authority and anointing in our lives as His sons and daughters. Therefore the enemy has us where he needs us and that is believing we are not important hence we believe a lie that we don’t make a difference. After our time with God we headed to our rooms got changed and had an early dinner. We loaded up and headed to another neighborhood street evangelism service about 20 minutes drive from the base. The local church we worked with had us break in to two groups going through the neighborhood handing out invitations to the meeting. The Team performed two dances...

Day 12: Outreach 28th June 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KENSIE!!! You will never find a more sweeter young Lady than Kensie Hostetler! We are so blessed and privileged to have her on this team. She has so much genuine grace and mercy stored in her heart and it is so full of God’s love. Kensie literally knows no enemies and we are so grateful for the integral part she plays on the team. Today, we spent the morning at El Rancho. The mornings activities involved our Team girls teaching the young girls the dance “This is Me”. It was a very powerful moment watching these young girls with no parents break out into dance and song declaring their place in history. Our Team boys engaged in helping the young men create mosaic art displays embedded in small concrete plates. After the activity the boys played an interesting game of capture the flag. The Team is really enjoying the time they’re getting to spend with the young residents of El Rancho and it is great that we are here for another 2 and a half weeks to establish relationship and truly have an impact. After lunch Megan, Curtis and Leydhi our Program coordinator blessed the Team by going out to get all of our 3 days of laundry done. The team had a worship time with Geoff and rested up until dinner at 6:30pm. After dinner we got changed and had a heart preparation time. Geoff encouraged the Team to just use our performances as a Worship time to the King of Kings. This was our first full street performances. As it was only a stones throw...

Day 11: Outreach 27th June 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGAN!!! Our fearless Team leader Megan turned another year younger today! What a tremendous blessing she is to this team but also to her family and everyone that knows her. If you have the privilege and honor of knowing this Lady you will know she is a “Woman after Gods own heart”! We enjoyed another morning at El Rancho. The theme was water activities and the Team spent time filling up water balloons for the activities. You may also know the Soccer ⚽️ World Cup is on and the children were watching their countrymen México 🇲🇽 disappointingly go down to Sweden 🇸🇪 0-3. Let’s just say we were glad to offer water games to cheer them up. As you well know water games always end in water fights and you know our Team definitely got in on some of that action. This afternoon we were back at the street children’s ministry house doing some demolition and clean up. The Team worked hard and I believe Manuel and his team were thoroughly blessed to see us take down a wall they needed completely demolished. The boys got to take two dump loads of brick and debris away. It was extra special because they got to ride in the back of the pick up truck. We got treated to dinner at a restaurant tonight and Megan, Natasha and Kensie got the Birthday treatment by the servers and bussers. It was a fitting end to another God filled and God blessed...

Day 10: Outreach 26th June 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATASHA!!! We celebrated this sweet Baby Girl early this morning and several times throughout the day. She also got to talk to her mom and we presented her gift to her as well. Geoff keeps joking that he’s so glad that one of his black nieces finally gets to do outreach with him…😂👊🏾 We are getting settled in very quickly which is great for the staff and team. We started our day with base worship where we met all the staff and all the students doing a leadership school. So they are quite busy here and will be up to and until the day we leave. There will be several other visiting ministry teams coming through whilst we’re here so we have been told to be very flexible. Our first point of ministry was at the orphanage where we did art projects with the kids. Please note that we are not to post any pictures of the kids faces on social media hence the pictures of the backs of their heads. We enjoyed about 2 hours with the kids doing art stations with different activities that had an art theme. We also did some chalk drawings on the concrete so the kids could pose for the shots. We became an instant hit when the Team began learning names of individual kids and began investing one on one time with them. We’re glad to be here for 3 weeks where we believe God is giving us the opportunity to spend quality time with these precious young people to help the staff establish a sense of family for the...

Day 9: Outreach Begins 25th June 2018

A very early start today! We weren’t surprised that the Team was up and ready to go. Their eagerness, excitement and anticipation of being in Mexico tonight washed away any tiredness, doubt or fear in their hearts. Families came in to bid farewell as the bus drove in to the parking lot of the school promptly at 5:30am. Bags were loaded and the team gathered with family members. David prayed for us and put us in the care of our trusted bus drivers Richard and Randy from Telluride Express. We hit the road at 6:00am over Red Mountain Pass seeing where the fires ravaged Durango. Overall, we stopped about 3 times and made excellent time arriving in El Paso around 5:20pm. We were met by our two YWAM staff chaperones Mich and Josh. After seeing our Telluride Express drivers off (By the way, we received a very humbling compliment from both drivers saying we were the best kids group that have ever transported over a 10hour trip) Mich and Josh handed Curtis and I the keys to two 15 seater vans. We drove to dinner at a hamburger joint, drove through the border with ease and drove 20 minutes to the YWAM facility adjacent to the orphanage. We got welcome gifts a short rules and regulations pitch, and headed to our rooms. The boys and girls are in separate rooms, beds were made showers had. The Team are missing their friends and fellow Bootcamp buddies Sammy and Alic. We were sorry to see them go home yesterday. Thank you all for your prayers. We are here safe and sound....