I just talked with my Dad in Alberta and it is the time of year where the combines are humming and frost is threatening. Here in Hermosillo we are just waiting for the weather to get nice (day-time highs down into the low 30C’s) so we can enjoy the outdoors for a few months. But enough about the weather!
Burn camp “Adventure Island” coming soon!
God is bringing things together for this exciting ministry! Over the past months Shelli has been working on this camp and there have been many open doors and exciting developments. For example, Joel Sonnenberg, a burn victim, pastor, international speaker from Florida responded to Shelli’s invitation to speak to the kids and their parents by video-conference during the camp.
Joel is a very busy man and for 6 years, since the 2009 day-care fire, we have tried to have him share with these families, so we are delighted to have him share!
Shelli spent all day Saturday in a special burn clinic put on by the Shriner’s Hospital out of California for burn victims in northwest Mexico and met many new families.
As of right now we have close to 20 children registered for the camp from the 9-11 of October. We expect to fill our limit of 30 kids which is more than originally hoped for! The majority were affected by the day-care fire in our city. We are excited for the team coming from Canada (a group from the Winnipeg E. Free Church and two ladies from the New Norway (Highland Park) E. Free Church in Alberta). Please pray for all the preparations, the team’s travels, for our Mexican bilingual helpers , for safety in all the activities and for God’s love to be transforming in the lives of the kids and their parents. We are looking for extra financial help as the larger numbers mean extra staff and extra transportation costs. You can donate at https://give.efccm.ca/latin-america/latin-america-missionaries-donation-page and then specify that it be to Greg and Shelli Neufeld – Special Projects – SMILES – 2-2472. Thank you!
The Triqui people hit by flooding
Our church works closely with this very poor people group in a small city (Miguel Alemán) just west of Hermosillo. A week ago a tropical depression moved though our area and left 60% of the city of Miguel Alemán flooded.
Many of the Triqui’s homes are made of adobe brick that made from dirt dug from their own yard. We live in a desert, so normally these bricks stand up to the scarce rain that falls but when there is a continuous rain in turns the brick to mud and the house comes down. This lady’s name is Dominga.
We, as a church, are helping a number of families that have been affected with basic needs (food, clothing and medication) and also with repairs to their housing. We would appreciate your prayers for these brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for health as there is a fear of an out-break of Dengue and other mosquito-borne problems and for provision for basic needs and safe housing. If you would like to donate to help this cause please use the link above and designate your giving to the same account mentioned above with “Triquis” instead of “SMILES”. Thank you!