Jesus & Hello Kitty

I recently returned from my third trip to Reynosa, Mexico.  I went as a part of a church group that had two goals.

One:  build two houses for families in need.

Two:  share the love of Jesus.

Both goals were achieved.

The houses were completed (although there were several moments of “is this gonna get done?”).

But more importantly, relationships were formed.

I learn something every time I’m there.  And this time was no different.  As I reflected on the long drive home, I came to the conclusion that there are just some things that transcend language barriers.

Things that transcend cultural barriers.

Because I’m struggling through a nasty upper respiratory infection, I’m going to let pictures do the talking this time.  I pray you see what I saw…

Our new sponsored child… Luis.  Cutest little thing you've EVER seen. :) Lollipops transcend language barriers.
Our new sponsored child… Luis. Cutest little thing you’ve EVER seen.  🙂 Lollipops transcend language barriers.
Rachel & Paola.  They both lost the same teeth in the year since we saw her!  Hello Kitty transcends language barriers.
Rachel & Paola. They both lost the same teeth in the year since we saw her! Hello Kitty transcends language barriers.
The house my team worked on… three walls up.  New wood, paint, nails.  All transcend language barriers.
The house my team worked on… three walls up. New wood, paint, nails. All transcend language barriers.
The homeowners-to-be kept a little fire burning because it was C-O-L-D while we were there!!!  They slept in their car to watch over the site while we went back to the hotel every night.
The homeowners-to-be kept a little fire burning because it was C-O-L-D while we were there!!! They slept in their car to watch over the site while we went back to the hotel every night.
The mama of the house, Lidia.  Both of us moms.  Both with three kids.  Being a mom transcends language barriers.
The mama of the house, Lidia. Both of us moms. Both with three kids. Being a mom transcends language barriers.
One of the classrooms at the school our girl, Paola, attends.  This is not her classroom, but we did get to meet her teacher!
One of the classrooms at the school our girl, Paola, attends. This is not her classroom, but we did get to meet her teacher! Education transcends language barriers.
The dad of the house we built (Jorge) picks up trash from around town & carries it off to the dump.  The girls are sitting on the wheel of his cart.
The dad of the house we built (Jorge) picks up trash from around town & carries it off to the dump. The girls are sitting on the wheel of his cart.
The family has pigs.  We got to watch the feeding time.  Old tortillas a restaurant didn't want. This is just a hop skip & a jump from the house we built.
The family has pigs. We got to watch the feeding time. Old tortillas a restaurant didn’t want. This is just a hop, skip & a jump from the house we built.
Some kids from our group planted a garden beside the house we built.
Some kids from our group planted a garden beside the house we built. Finding beauty in a garbage dump.
Rachel, Paola, Me, Guadalupe (Paola's mom).  Smiles all around.  Love these two so much.
Rachel, Paola, Me, Guadalupe (Paola’s mom). Smiles all around. Love these two so much.
The house is finished & this is the dedication.  Loved seeing their faces as they walked in to their fully decorated home.  What a blessing to be a part of this experience.
The house is finished & this is the dedication. Loved seeing their faces as they walked in to their fully decorated home. What a blessing to be a part of this experience. Jesus transcends language barriers.

Can’t wait for the next time we get to go!

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