The Bisons softball team begins working with and serving the children of Colonet, Mexico as sophomore infielder Peyton Ward describes the second day of the team's mission trip.
Day Two… Where do I begin?
We started the morning with some very fabulous breakfast prepared for us by the hotel staff. The fruit was SO good! To follow that up we were going on our first trip to actually meet and hangout with the people here and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
“Hola” would be one of the very few Spanish words I know, and I used it so much today. The language barrier can be very intimidating – especially to a first-timer like myself and a few others on this trip. I’m not going to lie; I was so intimidated. I don’t speak Spanish. Like at all. But, we made it work the best we could with hand gestures and our amazing bi-lingual friends.
We went to worship service at Diaz Ordaz, and when we first walked in we were greeted with warm smiles and “holas” by many. We were even greeted with handshakes and hugs from children of all ages. It was the warmest feeling to be so sweetly greeted when in a place that was so different. The service was truly beautiful, and the presence of God was so felt in that building. That building has transformed from a slab of concrete and a tarp, to a building with four sturdy walls, a kitchen, bathrooms, and second floor. Simply amazing!
After the church service, we played with the children, and when I say play, I mean we played our hearts out. We played soccer, volleyball, hacky (the staple), more soccer, hot potato, and much, much more. It was so much fun. So many memories made and so many laughs shared. Following that we came back to the hotel for a short break before going to Colonet for the evening. During this short break, I sat with Destinee Brewer, and as usual, our conversation did not disappoint. I asked Brew, “What’s your favorite bible verse?” She answered, and I was blown away.
Her answer was Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” This verse fit this trip like a glove (pun not intended). Faith is confidence in our Lord. It is assurance that even though we do not see Him, He is so present. This mission trip is overflowing with the love of Christ and it is so easy to feel that. He is present in every conversation, every meal, every friendship made, every smile, and every game played. Our Lord is here and He is working through the people of Colonet and Diaz Ordaz, and we are
working through Him. It is so fun.
Following our wonderful break, we all made our way to Colonet to watch a movie with the children and serve them popcorn and drinks. We then played more games with them, this is also when Hannah DeVault handed out her giant bag of suckers. Needless to say, there were way too many children running with suckers in their mouths doing way too many things at one time. It was kind of terrifying, but it all ended up well with no injuries and lots of children with big blue smiles.
It was beautiful. Do you want to know what else is beautiful? The fact that love has no language, and has many, many actions. Cooking with the women in the kitchen, laughing and running with the children building relationships with them, and grocery shopping to feed the mouths of the people we have come to care about so deeply. These are all actions of love, and I am only naming a few. It’s simply beautiful. This trip has been filled with actions of love, and it is only Day Two. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this group and be on this trip. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Tonight, I pray for the many actions of love and that they continue to pour out and overflow on this trip. I pray for the hand of God to be felt so strongly, and that He continues to guide us to be children of the light and serve with actions of love. I pray that through this trip we all come to know our Savior deeper, and so do the people we are serving. Lord, we love You and we thank You.