Mexico || Almost Home.

We are less than two weeks away from heading home, it’s bittersweet. I think we are both equally as much excited to head as home as much as we will miss it here. Our first few weeks here in Mexico we felt pretty eager to get involved with all of the ministries in the area that were helping the families living in the dump, the orphanage, the prison, etc. We kind of felt the pressure of getting our hands dirty really quickly so that we weren’t ‘wasting our time’ out here after making, what was for us, a big decision to come here. But there was an overwhelming feeling of needing to be patient, ministries not getting back to us, or plans falling through it was kind of discouraging and we were wondering why it felt like God was keeping us from doing stuff here.

But over the past few weeks more and more relationships have developed with locals. If you know David at all you know he’s a bit of people magnet, relationships are his strength. One afternoon David & Poppy were walking up the road and one man literally stopped his motorcycle and asked David to hang out with him. So of course without hesitation David made plans for the next day to go to his house and the two of them have developed a really meaningful relationship. Every Sunday night for the past couple months we have gone out for dinner with the young mechanic that serviced our car one day and have also developed a great relationship with him.

More relationships keep developing and David’s ability to communicate in Spanish with these people has been really amazing. Once again, God knew best… Classic God. Because even though in the past few months we have had the chance to visit a woman in prison, see the families living in the dump, and go to the orphanage (which have all been really wonderful & challenging experiences!) We’ve mostly been learning the importance of slowing down and being available to the people and community around us in the everyday situations. All of the connections we’ve made happened while doing ordinary things because we had the free time on our hands.

I’ve been learning here that you don’t have do grand things to make an impact. To think that something has to make a big change in the world for it to be worth giving our time to isn’t true. It can feel daunting how much needs to be done in different parts of the world and if we wait until we can solve those problems we’ll likely never do it.

If making an impact in just one families life doesn’t feel like enough for us to make the shift and uproot our own comfortable lives for it is somewhat of an arrogant position that we take. Something has convinced us that our own happiness, wealth, and comfort is more important than someone else’s. If the most valuable thing to me is to glorify God the best I can and if Jesus said you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart… You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” then my position needs to change and I need to develop a heart of deep compassion for people. I need to learn to love them the way I do myself when the truth is that obviously I care with all my heart that my kids aren’t hungry, that they get treated when they’re sick, and that they don’t have to stand in highway traffic and juggle to make money for our family. 

We have never necessarily felt like we lived far beyond our means, we’ve lived month to month for the majority of our marriage (#artistlife) but after coming down here we quickly realized what wealth we have just by the fact that our basic needs are taken care of, that our kids have multiple pairs of shoes and have never missed a meal. It’s been really cool here to see how easily someone like us has been able to help people with their needs, provide work, and invest in relationships with them that can be very impactful (on both sides).

It’s humbling.

When you decide to move to do missions work you kind of imagine changing a community, solving problems, “making an impact”. But we were reminded that we are a very small part of a very large body and each single cell of that body matters. God may ask us to commit our entire lives to reaching very few people and those people are worth that sacrifice. Whether it’s overseas or at home creating the time to invest in people is possibly the most important. I’m hoping and praying that I can learn to slow down at home and stop being so busy, that I can break my tendency to fill every day with tasks to make room for the interruptions that a life committed to Jesus consists of.

“Loving people the way Jesus did, means living a life of constant interruptions.” – Bob Goff

9 Comments

  1. December 2, 2017 / 10:22 am

    bethany this is so encouraging + amazing. life really is about love people + loving God. it’s been so wonderful following along. you guys have made such a big impact i’m sure you won’t even fully realize. xx

  2. Jessica
    December 2, 2017 / 11:29 am

    So inspiring! I literally just binge read through your entire journey and am in complete awe of the things God has led you and your sweet family to do. I also love how you so honestly and beautifully live out faith in your family and in your work. The world needs so much of this and I cannot even explain how bright my heart is right now. Thanks so much. Big hugs. So much love.

  3. December 2, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    This is such a beautiful reminder right now. So many small and simple things we can be doing and what a big difference they truly make. Love watching your journey and adore you all.

  4. Themumma
    December 3, 2017 / 10:20 am

    This is absolutely beautiful Bethany. Couldn’t be prouder of you. ❤️

  5. Lydia
    December 3, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Absolutely love what you said about possibly reaching few people in this life and it being worth it. I am refreshed and encouraged by that.

  6. Carolyn Murdock
    December 4, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    It’s so refreshing to read your observations and how true it is that when we slow down and look around we see people and their needs. Beautifully written. God bless you and your family and may He continue to lead and direct you!

  7. December 5, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    I admire this giant leap of faith that you guys made so much. PERSPECTIVE! What a gift. I am thankful that you shared this reflection with your readers. I have been listening to a series of sermons that echo a similar message. You can find the sermons here, if interested. https://emmauscommunity.org/sermon-archive/joining-jesus-in-my-neighborhood/
    One thing that stood out to me was a young mom’s explanation that she says “yes” to many things. Playdate? Yes. Volunteering at school? Yes. Host the team party? Yes. It’s in these every day activities that she can build relationship and share the great love of our father with others.
    I have always been a self proclaimed homebody and in this busy season with three little ones, I have called my own family my current ministry. But reading this post and listening to this set of sermons lately… I feel like God is calling me out of my very comfortable routines to be His hands and feet in more tangible ways to others.
    Really appreciate you sharing your heart and thoughts.

  8. December 6, 2017 / 12:19 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful inspiration! I love your blog and would enjoy following you. I have shared on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

  9. Sora
    December 7, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    This was so beautifully written and incredibly encouraging. What a good reminder. What a beautiful and wonderful God we have. Thank you for sharing!

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