Off to the Villages

Everyone was up and (mostly) bright-eyed for breakfast at 8 a.m. Village teams are having their prep meetings now before heading out to our five villages for the day: Nuevo Leon, Echeverria, Michoacan, Quitana Roo and Reacamodo. Teams will play with kids, begin women’s Bible study, start construction projects, and have a delicious lunch prepared by the village women.

New photos from this morning are posted on the slide show–be sure to take a look.

We’re Here

Thanks for all your prayers! We pulled in to Hotel Dial ┬ájust as the sun was setting here in Mexicali. Everything here in the desert has this mysterious smell of gardenias or something similar. The kids are so happy and laid back. Everyone is full from a great pasta and salad dinner and we’re about to start our evening program. Lots of pictures to come tomorrow, but in the meantime, enjoy the sunset!


Pray for the Broken Bus!

It’s been quite an eventful day! The busses left MPPC right on time and everyone passed out until we stopped for a hearty, McDonalds breakfast at 8:30 about 45 minutes north of LA. We were making incredible time, so we decided to make another pit stop a couple hours later at a rest area in the middle of the dessert. After about 20 minutes or so of sun bathing and frisbee throwing, we got back on the bus for the final leg of the trip.

Apparently we worked one of the busses too hard because it decided that it longer wanted to shift past the 2nd gear (we’ve already set up an appointment for it to meet with the little engine that could). After about 30 minutes of trying to get it to work, we stopped at a gas station outside of Palm Springs with the hopes that an automotive miracle would happen.
Thirty-five minutes and five wasted dollars on claw machine later, we
all piled back onto the busses thinking that everything was good to go, but we made it about 1 mile before realizing that the bus still needed an attitude adjustment.

We just dropped one bus off in a Costco parking lot, where they will
wait until some of our vans arrive from Calexico to pick them up to drive them across the border. The rescue vans are heading out from the Walmart momentarily.

My bus is back on the road and should be arriving at the world famous Calexico Walmart in a little under two hours. Thankfully, we have Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure to keep us company. Be excellent to each other, and party on dude!

Thanks for any and all prayers!

(Texted to me from Brett)


The Busses Left on Time at 2:45 a.m.

Although we’ve heard stories of ultimate frisbee at Stanford and some swimming in the Ortberg pool, reliable sources report that everyone arrived on time and the busses took off at 2:45 a.m. Except for Chris Sturgeon, who had to be tracked down. There are a few reports that the bus is cold and some girls are having trouble sleeping.