Its hard to believe that we are nearly half way through 2020 already. In this crazy time, its sometime good to look backwards to look at what we have accomplished to give us the energy to go forwards.
Here is an amazing report, highlighting our work and fruitfulness in 2019, a great reason to push forward into this year and beyond. Enjoy...
The question of this era on everyones lips is definitely going to be "How did you spend Lockdown?"
We went into this time thinking what are we going to do with all our time? There has been a few "Lazy Netflix Days" but we decided that we wanted to use this time to learn, grow, connect with others and prepare ourselves for the future.
Bringing the YWAM Family together
From the first days of the lockdown, we decided to put the call out to the YWAM family to connect in ways that we have never done before on a regular basis. Each we we have been arranging a Zoom call for North America, and a Zoom call for Mexico and Central / South America. In each call we've had up to 500 locations connecting to hear from Senior YWAM leaders from around the world. Each one challenging us is a different area. Even our Founders Loren & Darlene have been part of our calls.
Building Hope - Building Forward
My biggest takeaway and challenge from the seminar was put simply in this line:
" I cannot transform what i don't love, and i can't love what i don't know"
If we want to see transformation in our communities, our friends and even our families, we must first learn to know them and Love them
I pray that you are doing well during this lockdown and that any free time you have, you are using to rest, learn, grow, and become the best version of yourself.
One of the biggest needs that we are seeing at the moment is with families that are loosing their jobs. Like many developing nations, Mexico is a mainly cash based society with many people working to provide for their families on a day to day basis. With many of the factories and other employers closing down, families are in desperate need for food to help them through this time. So we are teaming up with the local government, local churches and other ministries to help distribute food packages to families in need. To date we have delivered over 1000 food boxes to families, plus orphanages, rehab centers and soup kitchens.
We have set a goal of raising and distributing $120,000 worth of food to families in Ensenada and Tijuana. You can visit our Baja Food Relief site to find out more information and to get involved.
During this cray time of lockdown and Covid -19, we've all got our stories of how our lives have changed. Well we now have our own family story. Levi & his now wife, Jayne were flying from the UK, just around the time that the US boarders closed to foreigners. He was coming to start work on his Lyme Disease treatment in Idaho. They flew into the USA early March, just as everything shut down. They didn't want to come down to Mexico with the fear of not being able to get back across the boarder. After spending a month in San Diego & Murrieta, they decided to do something crazy and elope. In this uncertain time, when everything is crazy anyway, they figured, why not some something really crazy. On top of that, we don't know when all of our families can be together again, so we gave them our blessing to get married. So like a pair of nomads, they drove to Arizona, (as there were no government offices open in California) and along with our friend Theo, to officiate, drove out into the dessert and got married. We were sad that we couldn't be there with them, but are looking forward to the party when we can all be back together again.
Levi has now started the first phase of his Lyme Disease treatment up in Idaho, and continues that in the next few months. Thank you to everyone who was part of making that happen. We will let you know how it develops.