Winding Down

Hello, all!

Although the trip is winding down, we aren’t slowing down yet!

This past week has been filled with fun. Wednesday, we held a soccer tournament in one of the villages for kids ages 6-12ish. We got to spend time with some awesome people who live here, and they took us in for a delicious lunch. We followed it up with another fun day of Mexico vs. USA soccer on Saturday and tlayudas with their family. They’re such a fun group of people!

Thursday, one of the villages was having a festival, so we went to it in the morning and then to our own villages in the afternoon. My team got to spend some time with our friends there, reading Bible stories and learning about Mexico. We learned a little more about the town and what there is to do there.

The biggest tourist activity we’ve done lately is the famous Guelagetza! We had a relaxing breakfast at the market yesterday morning and then, after loading up our backpacks with hours worth of food and drinks, we headed out to the cerro. We waited in line for a few hours, chilling on a wall and eating our snacks. It was a small price to pay for free tickets! About five hours after we left the house, the festivities began. Traditional dances and clothing from many different villages filled the stage with color and excitement. Between each village’s performance, they threw stuff into the crowd like hats, baskets, tortillas, and even pineapples. Yeah, that one was a little dangerous. The celebration lasted a few hours, and then we fought our way down the hill and back home. It was an exciting night.

Please pray that we will use our last week as effectively as possible. Also, pray for our health. Most of the girls in our house are going through colds right now–lots of runny noses and coughing and very little sleep! Thank you all for your continued prayers. As much as I don’t want to leave, I can’t wait to see all of you back home!!

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