We went over to the Isaiah 55 mission in Reynosa this evening for their VBS and to have dinner. Fun times. Tons of kids there, all from the worst part of town imaginable (except for the 4 “Anglos” on the left).
Jacob says he’s lived all around the world. Most recently he came with his mom and two sisters from South Africa. They have moved off on their own but had to come back to La Posada to finish some of their paperwork.
Kids craft time at La Posada: tracing ourselves. Sammy (from Ethiopia) has been at the shelter for 2 months or so. He, his little brother, and his mom spent a couple weeks at the detention center in Port Isabel. They now are waiting at La Posada for his dad to be released from detention in Georgia.
In the neighborhood where the Isaiah 55 mission is, if you don’t work in the sex industry, then you probably haul trash in a trash cart (green thing in the background). Once a year, our friends at I55 have a veterinary and cart repair trip.
Saham (from Somalia) and her brother and mother spent 9 months at La Posada waiting for her dad to be released from detention back in east.
Hamdi (from Somalia) holding Amen (from Ethiopia) while his mother runs an errand. Ethiopia and Somalia are historically antagonistic people groups. The love of Christ at La Posada changes things.
We picked up some of the Ethiopians staying at La Posada and took them to the Orthodox Church in Pharr.
Afterwards, we all came back to our house for an old-fashioned southern style dinner. Turns out that southern Sunday dinner items (i.e. squash, greens, etc.) are traditional Ethiopian foods as well. Who knew?