Wiebe Family in Colima

We will be helping the poorest and most vulnerable - the children and the elderly, serving wherever we are needed.

The Wiebe family, Jonathan (Dad), Shandra (Mom), Dietrich and Jeremiah, are thrilled to be embarking on an amazing adventure! We will be going to Colima, Mexico with Team Comedor for two weeks in January 2013.

We would appreciate your prayers as we travel and serve in various capacities. We will be staying at Casa Cuna orphanage, a home for children from birth to 6 years of age. We will be working along side a local church with projects they have organized. These projects will include serving meals to the elderly, improving living conditions by pouring concrete floors, tiling, replacing roofs...whatever needs to be done! We pray we will be able to touch the lives of those around us with the love of Jesus and we know we, too, will be blessed.

We are grateful for any financial support the Lord leads you to give! 

Our desire is to be a blessing to all as we follow the Lord's leading.

And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, "How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!" NLT Romans10:15

 

Fundraiser Updates

  • After a relaxing weekend, we are back at it. Today we are laying tile at Lupita's house.  Last week the other team demolished the tar paper shack she was living in.  You can see the photos on the other blog, just look up Janet and Terry Courtney on Hope for the Nations to see them.

    She is an older woman in her fifties who is mentally challenged. She lives with her Mom and Dad and two brothers. Last week, after the team had taken down the old structure and left for the day, she was so excited that she took her blanket and slept on the dirt floor where her new home would be! A cement floor was poured and tin walls and a tin roof were put up.  Now we were laying the tile.  It was easier this time as we were more experienced! The floor was more level which also helped!

    On Tuesday we came back to grout and use the onion bags to remove the excess.  Lupita was so happy to have such a nice new home! 

    It's so easy to take things for granted in Canada.  Here, they appreciate everything! 

    We heard that everyone in the neighborhood knew who we were and what we were doing.  They had a huge turn out at the local church on Sunday!  They don't understand why Christians are different, why we come and help them and want nothing back.  We pray that many will come to know and understand God's love through Jesus Christ.

    This is our last work day here and we are sad to have to start packing.  We are already planning out next trip here!

  • Today we went as a family to help out at one of the Comedors.  First we went to the Groupa Amor church where we spent three hours chopping fruits and veggies in their outdoor kitchen.  Theresita is the main cook and she volunteers her time several days a week.  All of the food is donated.  Some of it is overripe but most of it was in good shape.  We chopped and peeled a few things we didn't recognize!

    Once that was done, Theresita worked her magic and made delicious dishes such as a sauteed veggie dish, beans, and a drink that looks like milk with sugar in it. 

    To transport the food, it is put in containers, like tupperware.

    Antonio and Rosita were in charge of the comedor we were going to that day. We rode with them, picked up day old bread and then went to the meeting place.  The government allows the church to use certain buildings, like community centres, that have tables and chairs available.  Although the government doesn't want them to pray, they know that the food the comedors provide is essential, so they give them the license to use the building.  There was one comedore shut down because the church is Christian and they talk to the people about the bible, but other than that, they have been allowed to use the buildings.

    When we arrived there were some elderly women waiting.  First Rosita read a few bible passages and explained it to them, then she prayed.   The folks who come bring their own plates and cups as well as containers to take food home.  Sometimes they have a spouse who can't walk far, so they bring food home for them.  They were very grateful for the food, and happy to talk to us even though we didn't understand.  My heart went out to them.  Many of them are on their own and they have so little.  We are so glad Libuska and Gaspar followed God's leading and started this ministry to help the elderly.

  • Today we went to Anita's to lay the tile floor.  Logan was our "heffe", (boss), and he talked with Roberto (some English, some Spanish, lots of hand gestures), to figure out a plan. Then we worked on our hands and knees to lay the tile and grout it.  It was very hot in that room, especially with Anita baking Tortillas right outside.

    That took all day, and we planned to come back Friday morning to use the onion bags to clean the grout off the tiles.  While we were there Libuska came by and prayed for one of the girls.  She is a real prayer warrior!

    We headed back and got cleaned up.  We had been invited to dinner at a restaurant, The LaTino, which is owned by a family that attends the church.  They served us a traditional Mexican dish called pozole.  It was a wonderful dinner!  We decided to come back on the weekend for their breakfast buffet!

  • Today the guys went to Anita's to pour cement.  I stayed at the orphanage and helped with cleaning.  All of the floors are tiles which get slippery  when the dust accumulates, so the floors need to be washed daily.  So that's what I did, swept and washed floors, cleaned bathrooms etc. This gave Janet and Sharlene, who look after the team as far as cleaning and preparing meals, time to go shopping. I also helped with painting again.  All of the work we do here supports the team, and it's all for God's glory. We can't all lay cement, but every contribution is important to the end result.

    Being part of this team of 16 has been a great experience.  On our own, each of us could do so little, but together, we can do much!  It has been an amazing blessing getting to know each member a bit, spend time in devotions together, work together and relax and play cards together!

    In the evening we went to Wal-mart for lunch supplies.  Taxis are very cheap so it's easy to go out even if the whole team is not going. 

    One thing I love about the Mexican style of housing is that they are colorful!  Very brightly painted on the outside of their cement or brick houses, very simple and clean on the inside.  Not much shelving for clutter on the walls due to the cement...and dusting would be a nightmare!  The homes are so cool because of the cement/brick and they have many windows and skylights.

    Driving...well I wouldn't!  It's pretty crazy, very narrow roads, seatbelts are not necessary, neither is signalling, lol!  Still, the taxi drivers are very good and get us their in one piece!

  • Hello, I know you want pictures but its hard to get many up with the internet connection. So heres a great photo of me and the kids we were playing ball with :) It was a little hard to figure out the rules as we only had hand guestures to communicate with :P

    We, the guys, spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday mixing cement and pouring it both at Anita's and Lupita's.  Jeremiah and I also spent time playing with the kids.  We went down to the basketball court and played there. Jose, Carla Annie and several other kids joined us.  Some of the kids are fostered by Anita, some are her own grandchildren. We gave the boys some t-shirts we had brought along.

    Anita always wanted to feed us her delicio tacos and even bought pop for us.  Pretty generous of her as she only makes about $6 cdn a day making tortillas.

    Since the beds are not in the room we are working on, the kids are sleeping on the floor in the house.  They are looking forward to having their room set up and such a clean floor!

     

  • Today I (Shandra), stay

    ed at the orphanage. The church, Group Amor,  started the orphanage over 20 years ago with one house and 8 children. Today they have over 100 children in several houses around the city. Casa Cuna, where we are, is for the youngest ages infant to age 6. They have 17 little ones right now...the youngest is 3 months old. The other 3 buildings host the older kids, grouped by age.  Most of the kids are not orphans. Their parents may be in jail, in recovery or gave the kids to grandparents to take care of. Because of the poverty, and high unemployment, they cannot take care of the kids.

     

     

    some of the workers are volunteers, one grew up in the orphanage! 

    So today I washed windows, which are like glass venetain blinds. First I had to vacuum the very large dead bugs from the sill. then I dusted, washed and dried many, many windows. After lunch I helped with painting in another building. 

     

    Then I helped prep for dinner. It is quite a task, cooking for a crew of 16!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • After a great breakfast of oatmeal and scrambled eggs, we gathered for a devotional time.  Then we split into teams.  Some folks stayed at the orphanage to help with cleaning and laundry, and painting a building on site.  The building is home for a couple and their handicapped son; they live on the top floor and work at the orphanage for the older kids. The first floor of the building is storage.

    The other two groups went out to work sites.  The Wiebe family and Dean (an honorary Wiebe for the day), went to two homes where two floors needed to be prepped for concrete. Anita, mother of 11 children and fostering several more, lived in one and Lupita, her daughter, lived in another.

    Anita's home was very small with one bedroom, a living room, kitchen and then an additional room that had a dirt floor.  She cooked outsite on makeshift oven. She made corn tortillas on the lid of a metal barrel. That was her livelyhood - making and selling tortillas for 3/$1 peso. She made about $5 Canadian a day.

    When we arrived, we had to clear out two bed and all of their belongings. We saw a humungouss spider  and many cockroaches as we moved things out!  Then Dietrich and Dean took the pickaxes and got to work breaking up the ground. Jeremiah and Jonathan used spades to move the earth to the back yard.  Libuska's son, Hose, has stayed with us and was an amazing work and a great interpreter as well.  Shandra helped out with some of the shovelling, helped with dishes and attempted to converse in poor Spanish!

    Roberto, our boss, or heffe, showed us how far to dig and made sure we knew what to do.

    Anita was so very kind; she offered to make us lunch!  She made wonderful chicken tortillas with sauce that wasn't too hot for us!  Jonathan bought 30 toritillas for dinner for the crew.

    It was hot, dirty work and the guys all worked very hard.  Once the floor was prepped at Anita's we went over to Lupita's house. That required more pick axes and shovel work.  Our work attracted many children from the neighborhood who came to see what we were doing. 

    Another team of four men went to another site where a lady had been living in something that couldn't really even be called a shack.  Their job was to tear it down so it could be rebuilt.

    It was amazing to see how clean their homes were and even their clothes, considering the dirt floors!  They are such loving people and the children are so happy!

    When we got back to base, we were all hungry, tired and in need of showers!  But it felt good!

    We will post pictures when the interent connection is better.

     

  • DZ and Jay have been catching gekos...will post pictures when we can!

    we went to church in the morning. It was all in Spanish. The worship was great and the people are very open and friendly.

    It was Kings Day or Epiphany which is a holiday that celebrates the 3 kings giving gifts to Jesus. They serve a special cakethat has a baby Jesus hidden in it. Whoever gets it hosts a party on JanuRy 31st for friends and family. well, Jay got one and Jonathan got anothed so the Wiebes will have to have a party!

    In ghe evening we went downtown for the festivifies. We toured the Cabello hotel shich has a lot of history and is connected friends inKelowna. It is a beautiful hotel, the view from theroof was amazing! We went to the fleamarket and enjoyed the sites. Mexicans are very family focused and come out to the parks to visit and watch the children play.

  • Day 1

    We arrived in Mexico, Manzanillo, on January 4th. We met the team at the airport and then hopped into the van and drove to Colima. We decieded to eat at a resturant by the name of VIPS; really good Mexican food! After that we proceded to the Orphanage to get some Zzzzz's :)

    Day 2

    We slept in a bit, then went to the Hotel in Colima for an amazing breakfast buffet!  From there we split up - the men went to the view the work sites. The women and DZ and Jeremiah went to Walmart to stock up on supplies for the week.  Then it was time to clean and organize the kitchen and make dinner.

    -Dietrich

  • quick update! weare in calgary waiting for our next flight :D Mexico here we come!

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MEXICO - Colima : Widows & Orphan's Project

To support the widows and orphan projects, volunteers would go in on the short term and assist in the following ways: Maintenance work, cleaning, or painting; Spend time with the children : playing, swimming, doing crafts, and/or teaching them... Read more >