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Traverse City Christian School

Serving In Baja California, Mexico
November 11, 2022
Community: Ensenada
Partner: Monte Sinaí
Staff: José Verdugo Garcia, Miriam Serna Sánchez, Katrina Hulme

We Made It!

by Katrina Hulme | November 11, 2022 9:29 PM

We made it to San Diego, met our PPM Staff, got some dinner, and are beginning our trip south into Mexico!
We Made It!

Lord, Prepare Me

by Katrina Hulme | November 12, 2022 12:31 PM

We started our morning with a delicious breakfast! We sang "Sanctuary" before eating as we prepare our hearts for service this week. 

Lord, Prepare Me

The Work Begins!

by Katrina Hulme | November 12, 2022 12:33 PM

Today we are starting with some work projects at the church. First up, painting the walls outside the Sunday School classrooms.
The Work Begins!

Painting

by Katrina Hulme | November 12, 2022 1:44 PM

We are enjoying some sun & fellowship while painting. (But don't worry, we are using sunscreen!)

Painting

Manos a la Obra!

by Katrina Hulme | November 12, 2022 11:45 PM

We got to help with a construction project, assembling rebar for a wall at the church. 

Manos a la Obra!

We Need Blankets!!

by Katrina Hulme | November 12, 2022 11:47 PM

It is pretty cold at night during this time of year, but we knew about a local blanket store that we visited last year to get blankets for the week and for a souvenir from Mexico!
We Need Blankets!!

Evening Meeting

by Katrina Hulme | November 12, 2022 11:49 PM

We ended our day with some worship, reflection, and conversation about how we have seen God working already. We can't wait to worship Him with our hosts tomorrow!
Evening Meeting

Ready for Church

by Katrina Hulme | November 13, 2022 12:35 PM

We are so excited for worship service alongside Monte Sinai this morning!

Ready for Church

World Cup Championship 2022

by Miriam Serna | November 13, 2022 11:46 PM

Mexico vs. USA

We had a super fun time playing soccer with our Mexican friends, they are passionate on the field, and both teams played fair. The USA team was defeated by Mexico this time. Hopefully, we will come back for a new challenge next year.

World Cup Championship 2022

Best Tacos in Town

by Miriam Serna | November 14, 2022 12:10 AM

Our team tried the delicious fish tacos! We were all thrilled to try this typical meal in Ensenada. 
Best Tacos in Town

Basket of Blessings

by Miriam Serna | November 14, 2022 8:20 PM

The team visited Maria and her daughter, Itzel. This young mother was blessed with the message that God is taking care of her and He knows all her needs.

Basket of Blessings

Popsicle Break!

by Katrina Hulme | November 14, 2022 11:05 PM

A church member brought us some popsicles for a quick break from work this afternoon! 

Popsicle Break!

First Day of VBS

by Jose Ivan Verdugo Garcia | November 14, 2022 11:17 PM

Our first day of VBS was a day of learning and fun, just like we see in the picture. Lots of children were playing Freeze Tag, a game that we all played when we were children! For some of us, that was a long time ago! Hahahaha!         
First Day of VBS

Lesson of the Day : Take Your Place!

by Miriam Serna | November 14, 2022 11:25 PM

Just as King David kept his promise to Mephibosheth and showed mercy to him by restoring his place and putting him at the table with him as a son, God seeks us out and takes us as children.

Lesson of the Day : Take Your Place!

VBS

by Miriam Serna | November 15, 2022 12:02 AM

About 18 kids show up today! We played games, learned a Bible story, and colored pictures during craft time. What a great day!
VBS

At the Grocery Store

by Miriam Serna | November 15, 2022 4:46 PM

It’s a new day, and it’s time to fill these shopping carts again, and maybe find a new Mexican candy to try.

At the Grocery Store

Watering Eyes

by Miriam Serna | November 15, 2022 4:48 PM

It is wonderful to hear the testimonies of people like Johana. It moves us to tears to see the gratitude, and it encourages us to know that the blessing is for them as much as it is for us.

Watering Eyes

Goodness of God

by Katrina Hulme | November 15, 2022 11:21 PM

We have been able to sing some worship songs in each home we have visited while sharing what God is showing up through scripture. It is a sweet time of worship & fellowship!

Goodness of God

Genuine Partnership

by Katrina Hulme | November 15, 2022 11:26 PM

This is genuine partnership! Pastor Manuel is teaching us about construction and working alongside us on our project this week.

Genuine Partnership

"Niños, Cuenten Hasta Siete!"

by Katrina Hulme | November 15, 2022 11:29 PM

During our skit about Naaman, Landon got soaked and the kids loved it! We are continuing to teach the kids about God's mercy. 
"Niños, Cuenten Hasta Siete!"

Human Knot

by Katrina Hulme | November 15, 2022 11:33 PM

One of our games today was the human knot - we had so much fun!
Human Knot

Churros!!

by Katrina Hulme | November 15, 2022 11:36 PM

We went out for dessert to try some delicious churros! Pastor Manuel and his family joined us too!


(Look closely to see if someone forgot to wear shoes.)

Churros!!

A Testimony of Patience

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 2:00 AM

We visited the home of some church members this morning. One woman we visited shared her testimony of how a church member, who was her son's teacher, was persistent and patient with her for over a year as she invited her to church and women's events. After our visit, she offered us bread and juice. She didn't want us to have to leave because she enjoyed our visit so much!

A Testimony of Patience

Last Day of VBS!

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 2:02 AM

We enjoyed our last day of VBS with a skit about the friends that lowered their friend through the roof to be healed, played games with the parachute, and made a fun craft! We are so sad to say goodbye to these joy-filled kids.
Last Day of VBS!

VBS Skit

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 2:04 AM

The VBS skits have been a great way to share stories from the Bible in a fun and engaging way.
VBS Skit

Goodbye Service

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 2:08 AM

We shared songs and testimonies in our service tonight. Many of the people we visited during the week came to say goodbye!
Goodbye Service

Gratitude

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 2:13 AM

We ended our evening around a bonfire with pastor's family and some other church members. We shared how encouraged we were by seeing Christ in the ways they served us this week, and we also received some encouragement to continue in faith and to be a light for our generation.
Gratitude

Tacos!

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 7:21 PM

After some souvenir shopping in Ensenada, we enjoyed some local tacos. Many of us tried the tacos that pastor recommended, tacos de cabeza!

Tacos!

Final Goodbyes

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 7:23 PM

After our fun morning, we returned to the church one last time to say goodbye to Pastor Manuel and his family. It was an emotional time because we don't want to leave, but we will always remember our friends in Ensenada.
Final Goodbyes

Hasta Luego

by Katrina Hulme | November 17, 2022 7:25 PM

We made it back to the USA! We will be spending the night in San Diego before we travel home tomorrow morning. 

We already miss Ensenada and the church family of Monte Sinai. We will continue praying for them and hope that we may see them again!

Hasta Luego

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Comments

Michael cobaugh

November 19, 2022 12:54 AM

Add alaska over Mexico

Gwen Andersen

November 17, 2022 6:01 AM

It's so sad to say good bye for the team and the children, but I think of the lifesaving and lasting effect it has had on all of you. I trust that The Lord has moved upon hearts and lives this week, that souls have been touched for Christ. May The Lord Bless all of you in a very deep and personal way.

Gwen Andersen

November 16, 2022 6:28 AM

Just beautiful!

Gwen Andersen

November 16, 2022 6:26 AM

I love this and appreciate seeing these updates.

Wendy Tebben

November 15, 2022 8:39 AM

Thank you so much for all the lovely updates!! It brings me comfort and joy to hear what you all are up to down there and to see everyone’s faces. We are praying for you all💜

Brad schubert

November 15, 2022 7:13 AM

Thank you for the updates! Great to see the love of Christ being shared. Continued prayers🙏❤️

Nicole Andersen

November 15, 2022 6:07 AM

What a beautiful sight! Blessed beyond words to see our children loving and serving these children. We were all born to do this. May you all feel the love of Christ as you share the Gospel and pour out His great love! But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:16).

Rose and David Smth

November 14, 2022 2:32 PM

What a joy to share the Gospel of Jesus with others! Saved by grace and happy each day 💖 😃 Praying for you all each day and night🙏🏻

Gwen Andersen

November 14, 2022 6:46 AM

May The Lord Bless all of you in a very personal way.

Jenni Blodgett

November 13, 2022 1:05 PM

What a nice looking group! 😍

Brad Schubert

November 13, 2022 8:32 AM

Wonderful! Prayers for all🙏❤️

Julie Staub

November 12, 2022 10:32 AM

So excited for the whole team and the week ahead. Praying for each of you that God would sustain you with His strength and energy and would shine His grace, peace and joy through you. Enjoy the adventure! ❤️

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