Apr 16, 2016

El Lavadero (The Pictures are for you Maribel!)

This morning Luke and I took the kids into Chapala, here's a picture of the kids by Chapala Lake. 

This is Matthew standing in front of our house. 

This is the view of the Lake from the YWAM (or JUCUM as they say here) campus.

This is a picture of Mandie and Matthew on the way to the village we went to on Wednesday. 

Now on to clothes washing in Mexico!

This is a lavadero. The process is pretty simple. You fill the right side of the sink with clean water and you never allow any soap or dirty clothes on that side. On the left side, lay your piece of clothing on the washboard inside out, get it very wet, and rub your bar of soap over it until it is very very soapy and sudsy.

Then the fun part, you work your clothing back and forth over the washboard with great vigor until the soap is thoroughly infused into the garment. Flip your clothing and repeat.

Next, you use a plastic container to scoop water from the right side of the sink over to the left side thereby rinsing off all of the soap and dirt. Once the water runs clear, you squeeze the life out of it, and hang it to dry. 

Your clothing will be dry in no time! Simply gather your things from the line, fold, and put away. Finito!!

Now, there may be one of these near by. It may even have a shiny cover to keep it clean. Just pass it by (unless you are washing sheets . . . then use it by all means!!)

This is a picture of the drying area.

This is a picture of the squirrel they caught the day we arrived. Apparently this little guy had really caused some trouble. 

The pictures taken here are from the laundry area on campus. We have a lavadero in our house and some lines hanging inside. I have since used the one in our home. The pictures are from the day I learned. A very nice 16 year old boy named Isaiah did laundry by me and showed me the ropes. He was a very good teacher who speaks very good english. 

Bien Dia!!

Apr 14, 2016

What To Say?

There is so much that I could write about. There's no way I could possibly do everything in my mind justice, so I'm just going to hit the highlights.

     When we left Amarillo we stopped for a bathroom break in Plainview, TX. Luke and I broke out into song, "Have you seen Jesus my Lord? He's here in plain view". All the Church of Christer's will know that one. Anyway, as I was walking in, a Mexican man was walking out.
     Him: "Are you from Mexico?"
     Me: "No??"
     Him: "No? Well, do you speak Spanish?"
     Me: " Un poco. Lo siento"
     Him: "Poquito"
     Me: "Oh, poquito"
     Him: "You aren't from Mexico?"
     Me: "No."
     Him: "You don't speak Spanish??"
    Me: "No."
     Me: "I'm actually moving to Mexico right now. We are on  our way."
     Him: "Oh, spanish spanish spanish"
     Me: "No comprendo"
     Him: "Where in Mexico"
    Me: "Chapala"
     Him: "Oh, it's very nice down there. Have a good trip"
Then we shook hands and nodded heads and went about our business. NEVER IN MY LIFE has anyone ever asked me if I was Mexican before . . . but on the day I'm moving to Mexico, this. I just felt like the Lord was winking at me. He was telling me He is with us.

     We spent that night in Abilene visiting our great friends there. Marcus was coming down from their loft. He fell.,,broken arm. We weren't expecting that. Luckily we were staying with our friend who is a fireman who immediately splinted the arm and went with us to the ER.  The whole thing was pretty straight forward, but it could have been terrible. Marcus is handling it amazingly well, and he's great at making sure his cast doesn't get wet. I don't recommend you go around him with water of any kind ;)

     Then we went to Austin. My Aunt was there and we really enjoyed our time with her. Austin was very restful, we needed that!

     The next day we crossed the border and drove into Monterrey. Crossing the border was pretty uneventful. The hard part was finding the Cetev. Cetev is where you get your permit to have a car in Mexico. That part was interesting. All of the people watched our family like we were a circus act. I kept hearing people say "cinco hijos". It seems large families just don't happen around here, so we are sort of an anomaly in that respect. They peeked in our windows, it seemed like they were so overwhelmed with the huge amount of stuff in our car. I don't think they wanted to deal with it, so they just waved us through.

     Monterrey was cray-cray!!! Driving in Mexico is INSANE!  The streets are painted like our streets, but no one follows the laws. People drive in the shoulders, they drive down the middle line that separates the direction of traffic, they cross the double solid yellow to pass (which is terrifying!) . . . Trust me there is no texting while driving in this country, you'd be a gonner if you did!


  The next day we drove all the way to Chapala. The highway leaving Monterrey goes up into the mountains. The clouds were down over the mountains, so we had very very bad visibility! It was like driving in a cloud...very eery. The rest of the drive was great. We saw trees in the desert that looked like yucca on a trunk. Turns out that's exactly what they are! I guess if yucca plants in Amarillo got enough rain they would grow trunks, too! It was on this stretch we were pulled over by a police officer in AGUASO

     We were so happy when we finally arrived in Chapala! We were greeted by a very nice group of people who live here on campus. Our home here is lovely. More than I had ever expected. I'll take pictures and post about it later. Yesterday Mandie, Matthew, and I did the laundry by hand . . . I'll post about that later, too. Today after lunch we are going to a little village about an hour away that does not have a church. We will be helping the team we are with teach the children about Christianity. I'll post about that later, too.

We have made many friends here. The kids LOVE it here! The hearts of the missionaries here are in the right place. We feel that the direction and instruction we receive here is from the Lord. Luke will start his Discipleship Training class on Sunday, we are going to start our school on Monday.

     Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Pray that we will continue to build our Spanish vocabularies, and that our kids will treat each other and others with love.

Blessings!! Cassie

**This was written yesterday morning.

Apr 3, 2016

Slavery Never Felt So Free :)

During this process, Luke and I both have been overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God. He has rained down mercy on us as we have toddled after Him, trying to accomplish what He has set before us.

He has created a situation for us financially in which we are not required to raise funds for our journey, making us free to be accountable only to Him.
He has guided us as we followed His voice to get out of debt, making us free from our debtors.
He has shown us ways to bless others with our belongings and sell the rest, making us free from the burden of stuff.
Early on He guided us into the decision to homeschool, making us 'light on our feet', and free to follow our own schedule and travel as required.
He has taught us how to apologize and make right our resentments and wrongdoings, making us free from guilt.
He shaped our priorities and showed us who we really are (which isn't much), making us free to love all.
He has grown in us a love for righteousness and for His will, making us free from self.
He has provided propitiation for our sin through the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, making us free from sin.

He has broken every chain.

We are as free as birds. Praise Him!!

"Were you a slave when you were called? Don't let it trouble you-although if you can gain your freedom, do so. For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. " I Corinthians 7

"O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains." Psalms 116:16

"You my brothers were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself'. If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out, or you will be destroyed by each other." Galations 5:13