Monday, April 13, 2009

first mission trip

We truly had an amazing time in Mexico. 
I'm still recovering...especially because we had a very busy Easter Sunday yesterday. 

The week was filled with laughter, baseball, tortillas, smiling children, gringos trying to speak Spanish, frijoles, the Bible...
One of the Bryans (there were four) and I led team six, the Marlins! We had a team of all teenage boys (most of whom were already pretty talented baseball players). At the beginning of the week I longed to be on a team with some of the younger kids. I'm used to working with little ones. But by the end of the week, I loved my team. They were great guys and I had a lot of fun joking around with them. 

Everyday after training at the different stations and before playing a big game between the teams we would do a gospel presentation. I did it two times. It was a bit nerve-wracking because I lacked confidence. I thought I would just fumble through it and it wouldn't make any sense. Well, God really gave me the words to say and I think it turned out pretty well! It was a great experience and I pray that those boys will consider the message we had for them and find a local church to learn more about God. 

It was really a great week. :-) I'm happy Alex and I were able to go on this mission trip together. We learned a lot. 

Alex put some of the photos on our mobileme gallery. Check 'em out. And if you went on the trip and would like to share your photos, just upload them to the gallery. 
I'll also put some on facebook of course. ;-)

Here's a photo with Javier. He was a good kid. Even helped me out with one of the gospel presentations. He didn't know he would be helping me, but he did well. Nothing like putting someone on the spot!


Bryan said...

Speaking as a gringo, I had a great time as well. Tell Alex thanks for putting those pics up - we really would love to have dinner with y'all soon!

Lauren said...

I love the fact that you used gringo. Im glad you were able to present the gospel and the Lord was able to use all of you. Cant wait to see you soon :)

Merari said...

Glad you all had a wonderful time. loved the pics!

Carmen said...

Kristel, that was awesome. I'm going to pray that God continues to use you and your hubby for His Kingdom. I'm also glad that this mission brought you even closer to Alex. God Bless you both and your beautiful marriage! :)