Arrived in Mexico

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Renewal Construction


It's dark and early when I wake up. Feeling disoriented at the unfamiliar surroundings it takes a few seconds to remember where we are. I check the time and since it's still before 6:00 a.m. I fall back asleep. We all wake up two hours later. The boys are excited to try out the free breakfast the hotel offers and to take a quick dip in the small outdoor pool before Randy, our host arrives at 10:30 a.m.. to pick us up. 
With a short stop for lunch we make the drive to the border. Once we have our visa's figured out we cross into Ensenada, Mexico. The difference between California and Mexico is instantly noticeable. Everything looks more barren and less developed. The types of houses and stores are also very different. There's so much to see it's hard to soak it all in.

We finally stop in an area where there is large markets. We wait for Randy's wife who comes with a van full of the girls who live at their mission compound. We then break up into teams to buy a variety of food and vegetables. Our lists are in Spanish, so it's a bit of a challenge to find everything. Once we've purchased all the fruits and vegetables we need we pile back into the vans and head to the mission compound.

The mission is a maze of buildings and it takes a little bit to get orientated and figure out where everything is. The boys disappear quickly exploring all the different areas of the compound. They are excited about sleeping in bunk beds. That night after a traditional taco dinner we get to work organizing food hampers for the migrant worker camp that we hope to visit tomorrow. The kids are very excited to help and organize all the food. Since the previous night was such a late night we retire early.

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