Christmas, Resolutions, playtime and Castles
Well… it’s been a while. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to update the blog more frequently 🙂 So here goes! I will only be highlighting things, if something perks your interest, and you want some more details, let me know and I will fill you in. When we last spoke, a team from Faithworks Canada had just finished up. They were quickly followed by a team from NewLife Church (and friends) from Columbus, Ohio USA. This was a very refreshing and encouraging visit from home for us (the Becketts) as well as getting quite a bit of work done as well. This trip started a bit different as they used their “tourist” day to visit our sister orphanage Pan de Vida in the city of Queretero. We were given the 5 peso tour by our beloved guide tour guide Jeremy Van Beelen 🙂 . It’s great to see the work God is doing in different ways, in different places. We also took the boys and girls to the mountain Picacho, took the kids to the park of heroes where they experienced a fun house, crazy bikes, and all around great time with the kids.
Oh yeah… there was a little digging and concrete work as well!
So we thought we were going to have a little break for a while since there wasn’t another team coming until January… we thought wrong. The month of December was far busier than any I had previously experienced with any team. There were parties on top of parties for the kids, as well as tamales coming out of our ears (not complaining there, a tamale is very tasty food served at Christmas time. Some days there were up to 3 parties in one day! It is very encouraging to see the amount of support from the community during this special time of year. Speaking of support, we were also pleasantly surprised by a benefit concert put on by Jesus Adrian Romero. He’s kind of like a Michael W. Smith or Steven Curtis Chapman in the latino Christian music world. The concert took place in the main bullfighting arena downtown, and we even had VIP seats for the show! What a great memory.
We were then blessed by a 10 day or so visit from a team from Duane’s home church in Canada. This team happened to include Duane’s parents so it was extra special for him. The team sewed damaged clothes, brought hand made pillow cases for all the kids, repaired all the broken shelving units in the girls dorm, and helped take us to the next level on our newest building- “The Castillo” – the castle.
Being a kid at heart, I have always wanted to build and play on a castle. Having about 24 boys in one location, with nothing to do, and throw in their highly creative minds… well lets just say it’s a recipe for trouble. So in the interest of giving the boys something to play on, that they can’t break, we have begun building a castle. When it’s all said and done, there will be a castle, tower, zipline, pyramid, slide and everything in between. We hope to have it completed by the end of April. Don’t worry, we will be building something for the girls as well!
Well now you’re up to date. I will try and post some more pictures of a time lapse for the retaining wall construction, and castle as we move along. Until next time!