Arlen “Arlando” Williams (Stephen’s brother) had not been on a mission trip, in fact he had never been into the interior of Mexico. He did not want to venture south of the border, but the Lord changed Arlen’s mind. After about a week of visiting the Galeana, NL, area he came to love the people and the beautiful mountains that surround the town.
Digging holes for the new church wall footings required a lot of work (click on a photo to see it larger).
Arlen is the kind of person who has to be doing something most of the time. No problem, there is always work that needs to be done in a ministry… and work we did.
He helped chip away at the rocks for the building footing at the new Getsemani church building construction site; made a trip with twenty Christians to Palmetio (see Praising the Lord with the Palmito Church); assisted with the weekly kid’s club; delivered meals to the elderly for Nuevo Corazon; looked at what electrical wiring was needed at another church; delivered a gift to a pastor in another village; was part of Sunday worship; and even got to see some of the local tourist sights.
Arlando (his Mexico name) also made a lot of new Christian friends, even though he speaks virtually no Spanish. These folks may speak a different language, but it is the same spirit that unites us through Christ.
Paul wrote in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Stephen also pitched in to get several holes finished.
Arlen’s visit to Galeana started with the weekly Marco 10:14 Kid’s Club after a ten hour drive from Texas.
Preparing meals for delivery to home-bound elderly was part of Arlen’s ministry work.
Rey, Mari and Sandra faithfully work each Tuesday to prepare and deliver meals.
We always enjoy giving food to the elderly on Tuesday’s with Nuevo Corazon.
Sunday services at Getsemani Church in Galeana is an uplifting time of worship.
The current location of the Getsemani church meets in a small building on a busy street near the center of Galeana.
Arlen delivered a special gift from friends in the US to Pastor Berenice
We stopped by Pastor Reynaldo’s home on our way to work at the new church building site.
Arlen met several Christian friends including Armando who operates a local hardware store.
We made a trip to see the “Bridge of God” a local tourist attraction.
A mountain stream runs through the Bridge of God.
We also visited a huge “cenote” or naturally formed pit. It is deep with water at the bottom.
Some of the streets in Galeana are narrow.
Traffic is sometime interesting.
La Laguna is a nice clear water lake in the area.
Arlen found it intriguing that the local appliance store also sold motorcycles.
There are many small local shops.
The town square is popular and well kept.
There are also many street vendors.
Barrel Cactus are abundant in the area.
Linemen climb poles with ropes in Mexico.
There are many murals around town.