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55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Wed Jan 15, 2003 11:10 am

This was written by Sara, a friend of mine who went on a mission trip to Mexico on AEA Week last year (that's spring break to non-Alabama folks). She wrote this on April 3, 2002. These are some of her observations

1. The Easter bunny visits hotels.
2. The Cracker Barrel in Baton Rouge, esp. Roxanne, liked our rendition of shout to the Lord.
3. Even if it's not "hard labor" whatever work you're doing counts for something, despite what some people think. And yes, Small women can do "man" jobs.
4. The people in El Tanque enjoy you singing to yourself while you're doing something even if they can't understand the words.
5. By the end of the day you have dirt all up your nose and in your ears.
6. The dogs in El Tanque are mean.
7. Adobe is pretty much dried cow poop.
8. Hair driers will short out and make the plug catch on fire.
10. There are a lot of punch bugs in Mexico.
11. If you buy a sombrero and wear it backwards people will laugh.
12. Trains make the doors rattle and shake during the night.
13. Mexico is not flat and there isn't a lot of bugs, with the exception of roley poleys.
14. The kids are GOOD at soccer.
15. Despite the fights, the trip brought everyone closer.
16. Adults like candy and jewelry too.
17. Mexican firecrackers are loud.
18. If your room is messy enough the maids won't even try to clean it.
19. The "girls porch" was the best thing ever invented.
20. Harold wakes up at like 4:00 everyday.
21. God loves everybody just the same.
22. If you show a little love to everybody you'll get more love in return.
23. If you wear sandals you're feet will get dirty.
24. Devotions change your whole perspective on the day.
25. The person that loves you should think you're beautiful under any circumstances, even if you have cow poop or paint on ur face.
26. The pastor's wife will get teary-eyed if you tell her you love her.
27. The trees by the school are fun to climb.
28. There was a lot of Hello Kitty stuff.
29. The flowers make pretty pictures.
30. Southern people trying to speak spanish sounds a lot like cussing.
31. Mirrors are unecessary 90% of the time.
32. Cold or not, you still got to take a shower.
33. IF you're white and not on a mission trip, chances are you're a peyote hunter.
34. Engines over heat a lot on dirt roads in the middle of nowhere.
35. The mexicans will laugh if you duck and cover your eyes during a dust storm.
36. The north star, or what we thought was the north star, is really in the east.
37. If you sing Jesus Loves Me enough, people get annoyed.
38. The bathroom door locks at Hotel Altoplano will cut a gash in your finger if you open it the wrong way.
39. If you walk from one side of the bedroom to the other without shoes, your feet will get dirty.
40. The iced tea was GOOD.
41. If you drive your first two wheels of the car over a speed bump then accelerate enough, the back of the van will fly up and you'll hit your head on the ceiling.
42. If Mexicans in a red pick-up whistle at you, run. (Right Lauren? lol)
43. Never sit on the toilet seats and always hold your breath b/c the bathrooms stink.
44. A lot more people than I thought come to me for help.
45. Kids there appreciate your help and love even if you can't really communicate well with them.
46. Clothes aren't really dirty until dirt falls off of them when you pick them up, or if your shirt now looks like a different color than how it was bought.
47. Long distance phone calls are EXPENSIVE.
48. There's a lot of checkpoints on the highways.
49. Even though the adobe bricks are heavier than they look, I CAN CARRY 2...yeah what now...
50. If 40 people are in a group all wearing the same bright orange tshirt, it's going to draw attention.
51. It's possible to fit 2 ppl in a Richard Scarey apple car. Big grin
52. Mexican ice cream, and lime icey things are good.
53. If you climb a cemetary wall and take pictures people are gonna look.
54. Estacion Catorce is truely in the boonies, and believe it or not El tanque and Santa Maria are even more out there.

55. We are truely blessed with what we have. We can flush the toilets, drink the water, drive over 20 mph without breaking the car, walk outside and our feet wouldn't get as dirty as they do walking inside of the hotel in Estacion Catorce, we can wear clean clothes everyday, we get showers everyday, we have so many entertainment sources and jewelry and so much music, and our roads are two lanes...these are only a few things that we have that they dont...just think about it.
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RE: 55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Wed Jan 15, 2003 1:08 pm

My kids attended Abilene Christian University, home of 7,000+ students. Every year during spring break, fully 60% would give up their week off and fan out around the world on mission trips. My daughter was privileged to go on three of the trips. As a father, I was torn between the normal trepidation any father would feel and my desire to see her have a positive impact on total strangers spiritually. Her senior year was the toughest for me. It was a trip called, "Seek and Find." The two dozen on the trip have no idea where to head in their vans; they have a devotional the night before and pray and then make suggestions based on where the Spirit is leading them.

The journey went through New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, and Destin, Florida before heading back to West Texas. Many lives were touched, none more so than a 60-year-old hitchhiker named Sam. He was so moved by the enthusiasm of the kids that he begged them to let him stay along the whole week. Through their guidance, Sam made the commitment to patch things up with his mother before she died. They had not spoken for years. He also found a church home in Indiana and has become productive once again.

And he is but one of the many folks they impacted.
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RE: 55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Wed Jan 15, 2003 3:03 pm

Mission trips are great. I've been to Reynosa, Mexico; Los Angeles California (Not the nice parts), and all over Romania. I think everyone should get out into the developing world and see what life is like away from modern convieniences.
But the real moral of the story from a christian standpoint is that God loves these people too. They aren't some abstraction from a national geographic magazine. They are people with wants and desires, with love, and life, and God loves everyone.
I know I could live through any situation because God is my provider, another thing I learned from mission trips.
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RE: 55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Wed Jan 15, 2003 11:31 pm

I'm sorry...what the Hell kind of spring break did you take????

We stayed at a resort---drank and messed around in the water all day....
drank and messed around with each other at night....

I would use a different travel agent!
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RE: 55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Wed Jan 15, 2003 11:55 pm

It was an 11 day mission trip to Estacion Catorce, Mexico.

We did have GREAT iced tea and fresh lemonade (we brought our cooks with us from a Baptist church in um....okay where did we cross over in Mexico? hmmmm). The food was excellent.

Actually the hotel did have a cool little pool. Not that many people chanced it, however, due to the potential of accidentally ingesting the contaminated water. No one got sick on our trip, however.

It was just about the greatest experience of my life, so far.
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RE: 55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Thu Jan 16, 2003 12:39 am

Where is Estación Catorce, México??? Do you mean Real de Catorce, México??? In which state is this???
As you could see, not every city or town in Mexico is like Cancun, with the superior hotels and great services, but we have lots of beautiful places in here... it is good to know that there are mission tirps to Mexico. That way you can see how people live without the convinience of electricity, telephone, tv, etc. and sometimes help people as much as we can.


RE: 55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Thu Jan 16, 2003 12:41 am

Yeah, but the question I wanna ask is did she get laid? You don't spend spring break going to Mexico, and not get laid.
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RE: 55 Things I Learned In Mexico

Thu Jan 16, 2003 4:15 am

We wanted to go to the silver mines at Real de, but even though the trip was meticulously planned, there was an oversight: we were leaving Mexico on Good Friday, the day that we had hoped to go to the silver mines. To get to the mines you have to go through a one way tunnel, and there is a beautiful Catholic church up on the mountain, and many believers go there on Good Friday. We ended up going and walking around Monterrey instead.

We were about 8 hours into Mexico (driving along the expensive toll roads), and I think we were in the county (is that the term?) of San Luis.

There were some beautiful sights. I didn't go to Santa Maria, but I did get to see an actual, honest to goodness lake out in the desert (so what if it was muddy), and a windmill and tower than Spanish conquistadors had built way back. It was cool.

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