¡Buenas noches! Good evening from Champotón! We are settled in our hotel this evening after a day of driving, shopping for supplies, and meeting our new partners in mission, the members of El Divino Redentor Iglesia Presbiteriana (the Divine Redeemer Presbyerian Church) in Revolución.
I’ve attached a map so you can see where we’ve been today. We landed last night at the airport in Mérida in the Yucatan Peninsula. This morning we left our Mérida hotel around 8:30 and drove a little over 2 hours south southeast to the city of Campeche. There we picked up our two translators, Diana (who worked with us 2 years ago) and Fernando, and shopped for supplies at the brand new super Wal-Mart. After lunch and another stop at a hardware store we headed south along the coast, passing through Champotón and turning due south on Highway 261 about 45 minutes more to our destination of Revolución, which doesn’t appear on the map. Arriving around 3:30, we found many people expecting our visit, some of them busy with completing the building which will house their water purification system. Together with the church members we unloaded the van of our supplies, inventoried the materials which had already been delivered, looked over the work site and began to talk about the work ahead of us.
That work began with introductions, prayers and the signing of a covenant that spells out VPC’s new relationship with the church in Revolución. Pastor Carlos, the minister who has been our contact and coworker through all three of our installations, reminded all of us of our partnership responsibilities and of the fact that God has brought us together. Michele Pinkston, our team leader, brought greetings from VPC to our new partners and friends and thanked them for inviting us to their community and for partnering with us in this mission to bring affordable clean water to their community.
After a busy day, we drove back to Champotón, the nearest town large enough to have hotels. We’re ready for a day full of new adventures tomorrow.
The image that best captures for me the spirit of the day is the group of a dozen or so children who met our vans as we pulled up to the church this afternoon. They excitedly told us their names and surrounded us as we talked and worked. By the time we left, more children had come (possibly lured by the promise of candy!) and they waved goodbye as we drove away amid our assurances that we’d return tomorrow.
It is because of these and the other children of the pueblo that we have come. As you see the children of Versailles this week, in town or in your own home, please say a prayer for them and for the children of Revolución. We miss you and think of you each day.
© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2008