Category: Mexico

An Update from Mexico

As 2020 drew to a close, we could not believe time had passed so quickly. The challenges and opportunities that we experienced during the year offer a new perspective as we begin 2021. We feel great expectations for the coming months and are excited to welcome a new year.

November

At the beginning of November, we were very happy to receive a visit from Sister Camila Broquet, who arrived from France. We were very grateful that she stayed with us for two weeks. She showed us how to make French bread, which we enjoyed baking and eating! During her visit, we also took walks, visited the homes of the families close by and had a fun adventure boating on the pond at Brother Oscar’s land. 

In late November, various members of our community traveled to Waco for the Thanksgiving Fair. Among those attending the fair for the first time was the family of Brother Bernardo Badillo. Brother Éder and his family, along with Nohemi and Ana Limon, went as well. They all took advantage of the opportunity to visit with brothers and sisters and to learn more about the Texas community and the crafts. 

December 

Two days after our travelers returned from the fair, the Caleb Gonzalez family from the Texas community arrived in Monterrey. They joined us for Christmas and the New Year. On Christmas Eve, a few families got together for a delicious dinner and to celebrate Sister Ana Gonzalez’s birthday. The night was very cold, but we were so thankful to be together. New Year’s Eve offered a time for meaningful conversation amid a potluck supper with most of the families here.

While visiting, Brother Brandon Gonzalez helped a few people continue to improve their pottery skills, including Brother Bernardo’s daughter, Emma. Emma brought back a new pottery wheel from Waco, and now she is practicing at home in Bernal. 

We also had the honor of celebrating the birthday of one of our ministers, Brother David Borda. We laughed and shared memories, and many expressed their love and gratitude for Brother David. Gathered in a circle, we began to sing, “All my life You have been faithful; all my life You have been so, so good. With every breath that I am able, I will sing of the goodness of God.”

Winter Births

December was also the month when two families were blessed with new little ones!

Brother Javier and Sister Sarahí Guerrero had a baby boy on December 4, Jaír Sebastian. He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20.4 inches. (See also the last page.)

Brother Gerardo and Sister Lorena Benitez had twins on December 15. At 2:24 AM, Eliel Sisay was born. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20 inches. Elizabeth Sisay was born at 2:26 AM and weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 20.8 inches. (See also the last page.)

January

In January, we had the privilege of meeting a man in the small town of Cadereyta near where many of us are now living. This man brought his tractor and helped us prepare the ground at Brother Oscar’s property. So we are ready to plant at the beginning of next month!

An Update from Mexico

What beautiful autumn afternoons we have enjoyed these past few weeks! The weather has been so nice to do everything outdoors. Just about every day we take a walk and enjoy the landscape with the falling leaves. Some of the young sisters and girls have gotten together for different activities, including bread making and sewing classes to learn to make aprons, purses and skirts. In the evenings, our families often enjoy visiting out on the patio, watching the children jump rope and play together.

Crops and Livestock 

The good weather has also helped us be able to continue in our gardening. In one of the garden areas we planted beans, squash and sugar cane. It is such a great feeling to see them growing; knowing that harvest time is coming soon makes us even happier! We look at the gardens and the sheep grazing nearby and feel the privilege of living in a place like this—so different from living in the city. 

A couple of weeks ago, Brother Oscar’s family saw their ewe giving birth to her lamb. The faces of the children lit up as they experienced something completely new! 

Bernal Visit 

On October 17, Brother Eder’s family traveled to Bernal to visit Brother Bernardo and Sister Elsa. They were there for five days and during that time looked for possible properties to rent or buy, suitable for businesses and homes. As was mentioned in the previous newsletter, our community believes that Bernal provides a beneficial location for us. We feel that God is opening more doors to help our community members relocate there. 

Activities shared while visiting in Bernal included cheese making, gardening and spending time together.

Klingensmith, Lozano Wedding 

On November 1, Brother Bernardo and Sister Elsa Badillo, Brother Eder and Sister Sara Badillo, and Brother Jaime Lozano traveled to Waco for the wedding of Nathaniel Klingensmith and Ary Lozano. 

The Texas community also welcomed Sister Ary’s mother, Isabel Perez, of Monterrey. It was her first time to travel to the United States. The community enjoyed a couple of days with her as she toured the craft village, met her daughter’s friends in Texas and experienced the beautiful wedding ceremony. Comfortable weather blessed an outdoor reception for friends and family. The handmade furniture, quilt and pottery crafted especially for the couple were also available for viewing. 

Carreon Birth

On November 3 at about 1:00 AM, we received some wonderful news: Brother Mario and Sister Denisse Carreon had a baby girl! Mariana Hope weighed just over 8 pounds and measured 22 1/2 inches. (See also the family photographs on page 4.)

An Update from Mexico

As 2020 began and COVID-19 interrupted the lives of many around us, the Lord urged us to respond in many ways, one of which was raising more crops. So we began to prepare the ground to plant. 

In some places, the task seemed impossible. It required a lot of work in ground that was not very cooperative! We dug, pulled weeds, removed rocks and added soil just to reach a point where we could plant. We were very tired during those days, but we felt so encouraged at the same time. 

Reaping the Fruits of Our Labor 

The process of growing our food taught us in every aspect, from the soil to the seeds. As we gathered the harvest from our gardens, we realized that our personal relationships were bearing fruit also. We sensed a growth and maturity in our community. It was as if we had been walking in a rut and suddenly found ourselves in the open, dazzled by what we had not been seeing.

Taking Time to Relax a Little 

We also had a lot of fun, and sometimes that included a swim in the pond after a hot day working together. Fishing was another popular activity. 

Celebrating an Engagement 

On May 22, Brother Nathaniel Klingensmith from the community in Waco, Texas, and Ary Lozano became engaged to marry. Our joy for the engaged couple is overflowing, and we eagerly look forward to the wedding. 

Maintaining a Rental Property 

Some months ago, Brother Oscar Saucedo felt to leave Monterrey. He began to visit some properties in Cadereyta looking for a place to live. Among these was a rental property with a large piece of land (about 35 acres), an inviting lake, a pond and very good ground for gardening. We all agreed that the property was very desirable, but the rent was too high. So Brother Oscar’s family found another place to live, and they moved out of Monterrey. 

Then one day, the landlord of the property in which Brother Oscar had been interested called. He was looking for a family to live on the property and maintain it. Would Brother Oscar be willing to serve as land overseer? Indeed yes! 

This month we have been working on the property, sprucing up the residence as well as performing other renovations.  

Welcoming the Newborns 

On June 22, Brother Enrique Badillo Cepeda’s family welcomed a new daughter, Rebekah. She weighed 8.3 pounds and measured 20 1/2 inches. (See also page 5.) 

On July 22, Brother Eric and Sister Blanca Hipólito were blessed with their fourth child, Blanca Faith. She weighed 7.9 pounds and measured 20 1/2 inches.

Beginning an Exodus to Bernal 

In October of last year, Brother Éder, together with brothers from the Waco community—Adolfo Anzaldua, Benjamin Neikirk and Caleb Gonzalez—visited some other states in Mexico, including Mérida, Yucatán and Querétaro. In Querétaro, in a town called Bernal, they stopped to buy some chocolates. (They had never heard of the village before nor visited it.) In the plaza, they met the Héctor Castillo family. To make a long story short, a close relationship has developed between Brother Héctor and our community. We feel that Bernal itself provides a location that will benefit our entire community. 

At the beginning of July this year, Brother Éder and Brother Bernardo and his wife Sister Elsa made a trip to Bernal. They visited Brother Héctor’s family and were joined a couple of days later by Brother Adolfo and Sister Letty and Brother Caleb and Sister Ana from Texas. 

While they were there, they looked at some properties and houses. On August 28, Brother Bernardo Badillo’s family moved to Bernal, the first of our community members to relocate there. Brother Héctor and his family graciously prepared a house to receive them. 

Exceeding Expectations 

In summary, these last months have been full of blessings, successes and changes that we could not have imagined given the circumstances when 2020 got underway. What we felt at the beginning of the year has been coming to pass and has even exceeded our expectations. We look forward to the rest of the year and whatever comes next!