Friday, September 11, 2009
This is a difficult time for the people of Isla Mujeres. Between August and November, the people struggle daily with earning enough money just to feed their families. They never complain, but they share their hopes that perhaps "tomorrow will be better", and they will ALWAYS say, "It is a good day, I have my family." Family means everything to the people here, who don't have many material things. They believe that their family ties make them rich! And to watch them, we know that it's true! They cherish each other in beautiful ways, and spend most of their spare time together playing and hanging out. They do, however, share their concerns that they may not be able to keep their kids in school during the "slow season" here. School is not free, and they must have uniforms and shoes to go. That is where we come in! We were blessed, not only to bring a load of practical shoes to a new community last week, but we also found out about 6 kids who needed shoes for school. What a treasure to be able to provide that basic need. The kids were THRILLED with their new shoes, and we want to thank all of you who have made it possible for us to go and do shoe ministry. Your donations enable us to reach out into the heart of the communities and the people. The parents are also mightily blessed when their children benefit from shoes. The close family ties make them want to provide for their children, and although giving them a pair of shoes may seem like a small thing, in the end it frees them up from one more financial burden. Giving shoes to the children says to the precious people here that we care, and your regular giving enables us to maintain a constant presence. We can't thank you enough for your prayers and support. The children always look forward to seeing Gregorio and Natalia drive up on their moto with new shoes for little feet.
Like the title says, "We can't do it all, but we do what we can." Helping people get one more day down the road of life.
Sending Love From Mexico,
Gregorio y Natalia