Tomorrow is Carla's birthday. Carla, is an 8 year old girl that lives down by the river (in extreme poverty) with her grandparents. Carla has been disowned by her mother. We know a little of Carla's story, and wanted to help her celebrate her special day by surprising her with a cake, a gift, party hats, Canadian flags and pins and those "blowy" things. The entire team piled into the van to head down to Carla's house for this fiesta.
|Carla coming out the door when we first arrived (she didn't know we were coming)|
|A Mexican tradition to push their face into the cake|
|Carla with her party hat and gift|
|Carla's grandmother was very emotional...very grateful|
|The other kids that live at this "house" (if you can call it that)|
|A beautiful smile captured|
|Carla holds a special place in Rick's heart|
|A new grandbaby in the family - Lauren put the party hat on her|
|Carla's grandma giving sincere thanks|
After we left Carla's fiesta, we headed to a nearby Tienda (store)...but not just any store - this is Lazaro's store! Lazaro's store was a previously posted dream - for a business with a man in a wheelchair that wanted to work (you can read about the dream HERE) It was GREAT to see that Lazaro and his family have built the business up to a level where they are almost covering all of their bills (since only January). He is a hardworking man who gives back to the community - he coaches soccer...from a wheelchair. We each bought a little snack and drink to support his business.
|The door to the store (a side room attached to his house)|
|Lazaro with one of his kids|
|Inside the store|
|Inside the store (other side)|
Later in the afternoon, we went to a nearby ranch (you may remember that on Sunday, the congregation planned a meal to celebrate us as guests). We enjoyed a great meal of chicken, beef, "mexican hot dogs", rice, tortillas of various kinds and a delicious caramel cake. They also put on a little show with a few horses and a couple of crazy roosters. It was fun!
We ended the day with another small fiesta (a bittersweet one) as we are saying good-bye to Calvin - the intern that's been working with Bursey's for the last 2 months. He leaves tomorrow to head back to Edmonton. He was such a big help to the team...we will miss him but we wish him well!