Our first week in Mexico

Hola! We have been in Mexico now for one week. It has been a week of stretching & learning for us all. It is a very different world here from what were used to in Vancouver, Canada, We are in one of the most impoverished areas of Mexico and it is very eye opening.

The first few days we were here we felt pretty homesick, the truth is we felt a little defeated. Travelling to new places is one thing, but taking your small children away from their comforts does something else to your heart. We just wanted to go back to our comfy home where we have all our little things the kids need, can drink the water, eat food without worrying about getting sick, know the language and to stop killing cockroaches all night. We realized quickly that we have growth to do. When we felt out of place and somewhat vulnerable that reality is that being at home is what we knew would bring us the most comfort, and we want/need what brings us the most comfort to be knowing that God is with us.

We know this is the town God led us to and the home He opened for us, so we know we can be confident in that. We just have to learn to feel it also. We have been feeling more comfortable each day. We drove to the city to visit a Walmart on the second day and ate McDonalds, and as much as I hate those two things and thought I was cooler than that and I would only shop at local markets & eat Mexican food, I was wrong, it was exactly what I needed. Especially when we walked into Walmart and My Chemical Romances’ very first album was playing LOUD on the speakers (my all time favourite teenage band) my eyes lit up. I looked at David and said “listen!” He looked at me like a crazy person while I nodded my head to crappy emo music.

This week we have driven to lots of different areas around us, eaten lots of Mexican food (and bags of chips bought out of little dark corner stores when we can’t find anything else). We’re getting a feeling for the culture and I’m growing to love our surroundings. It is rainy season, and especially rainy from the hurricanes so it is incredibly green & lush right now which is beautiful.

In the middle of the night on Thursday we woke up shaking from the Southern Mexico earthquake, it was the craziest earthquake I’ve ever felt, like our house was on a wave. All the closets, cupboards and doors swung open, dishes fell out of the cupboards and things hanging on the wall were crooked, but thankfully that was the extent. Others had homes destroyed, injuries, deaths, a hotel in the city collapsed, and we’ve been seeing other little bits of damage around town. Even though everything was alright, my adrenaline was pumping that night, David of course fell fast asleep again right after. But it was yet another experience where God was really teaching me to trust Him. Even if our brick roof caved in on us in our sleep, God is in control.

We have been watching the John Piper sermon series When I don’t desire God in the evenings (It’s old school churchy looking, but really solid speaking), since we’re reading the book of the same title. And I’m loving his quote “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” This is a season where I am truly learning to most satisfied in Him, with most of the comforts that I’ve grown to let give me satisfaction in the daily life aside. So that who am I as a person can glorify Him as much as possible.

 

8 Comments

  1. Nicola
    September 10, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Bethany,

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us. I’ve been following you for a while and I wanted to let you know that when I was little my parents felt led to another country as well (it was actually Canada if you can believe it!) but before we went there they took us all to China for a while. We were going to learn the language and culture so my dad could plant a Chinese church for immigrants in Canada. My heart goes out to you when I hear that you’re worried about taking your kids away from all they know. I know my parents felt bad about that too. But I can tell you that as hard as it was as a child, I would never trade my 2 years in China for anything. I’m a University student now back in my motherland of the USA, but a piece of my heart will always be in China, and in Canada as well. I’m so glad you’re following God’s leading and what you are learning about being satisfied is something I’m learning as well right now. Thank you, again.

  2. September 10, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    That john piper quote is one of my favorites ever! loving your heart + story. xx

  3. September 10, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    This is so inspiring and such a good reminder to have faith and trust the Lord in Everything and through everything! Thanks for your openness and I can’t wait to see what God does through your obedience

  4. September 11, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the update, Bethany, and for sharing your experiences and all the things God’s been teaching you! I’d be so scared too but isn’t it so nice to know that God is always there right beside us? I’m continuing to pray for you and your family!

  5. Justine Mckenzie
    September 12, 2017 / 7:51 am

    👍👍👍

  6. Favian
    September 16, 2017 / 8:02 am

    Hey you. It’s a Saturday morn and I’m lazily lying in bed…in my comforts…having a moment to glance social media. I heard “Bethany is in Mexico” and was talking with someone just the other day about how you use your “voice”. The platform you have. I’ve read your Mexico posts and tears stream my face. So completely proud and inspired by you! ❤

  7. anelisse
    September 17, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    bethany,

    i’ve followed you back since t&t and it’s so cool to hear about the season you’re in now.
    my husband & i were LITERALLY just in almost this exact same scenario.
    we picked up our little family (us and our 2 year old) and moved from texas to london (not exactly third world) because God called us there
    it was completely nerve racking .. especially little things like grocery shopping and getting around town and finding your routine (going without a mothers day out SUCKED haha)
    we lived there for 6 months and now we’re back in texas
    just wanted to tell you that i wouldn’t trade it for anything
    God completely changed us in that time. we had wild divine encounters, insane favor with people, and it just seemed like our life opened up and our capacity skyrocketed because of how much we were stretched as a family.
    i believe the same will happen in your family
    you all are capable than so much more than you think
    and He will use this experience to build something in all of you

    praying for you all!
    anelisse

  8. Diane
    September 19, 2017 / 10:05 am

    How are you serving in Mexico? What are you guys doing and where?
    Isn’t that why you are there?

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