From May 28-June 1, I (Spring) went with a team to Monte María.
I went with my mentor Shirley Hackman and her husband Joel.
We respectively tried out our Spanish or English. We smiled, nodded and waited. We formed bonds of mutual trust and excitement.
Friday night we got together to "teach" the Mexican women to make pies. The funniest thing to me is it was my first time as well. Beth and Rhoda from Perkiomenville Mennonite did an excellent job of directing and helping. I mostly read the back of the pumpkin pie can! The pies tasted well and fun was had all around!
We spend the next two days at a women's meeting. If you want to see more (and better pictures than I took) look here: http://www.montemaria.mx/eventos.php?e=congreso-de-mujeres-31-05-2015. I have to admit this was the first time ever I've felt like royalty! These women did such a good job serving and helping. It is awesome to see someone function in their calling. Beyond that it is great to come along and encourage them. What you have is valuable, what God has called you to is important, you have something to offer! I am not in this position often and it was humbling.
The theme of the retreat was surrounded around Deborah and her calling to wake up! What a call it is on each and every person's life. I saw the pastors and really every woman serving the congresso call these women to a place of realizing their own value.
One last side note, I stayed in the church guest house. I was able to meet and stay with one of the speakers. She brought her intercessor who is also an excellent cook! Fatima would not even let me wash the dishes after breakfast :) What a huge blessing.