The group has arrived safely at their hotel in Mexico City. They will have access to showers and real beds for the first time in a week! Mr. Connealy sent some more pictures from the trip.
The missionaries finished all of their work yesterday! Here is the last update from Fr. Joshua, along with some pics of the finished houses.
Dear friends and families,
We completed the houses for two overjoyed families and were able to enjoy a meal with them inside the new home. The boys (and dads) are tired from the week of work but enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of the new owners.
Fr Dan's crosses adorn the sides of the homes along with the calloused hand prints of your missionaries.
The boys were able to celebrate the final mass in this town in the church Mt Michael built a few years back.
Today will be the last day of work for the missionaries, and it sounds like they will have all of their work done well ahead of time. Based on the pictures, it seems that our students are having a lot of fun with the local children too! Here is Fr. Joshua's report on what happened Wednesday:
The rain held off and we are just about finished with the two houses. Painting and a few minor details are left to finish out the homes. The two families are very excited!
We ended the day with a Eucharistic procession and adoration.
Fr Dan Lenz inspires us with his presence and celebrates daily 7am Mass, hears confessions, works on the crosses that will be placed in the new homes.
Blessings Fr Joshua
Here is the update that Fr. Joshua sent Wednesday morning. You can see major progress on the two homes in the pictures!
Dear Families and Friends
Spirits were high today and much progress continued on the homes. Friends were made among the local people as many of the boys shared that their joys today consisted in playing games, trying to communicate, and sharing in Mass with the children of the town. It was also awesome to see how some of the struggles of the early days like cementing became highlights.
Blessings, Fr Joshua
Tuesday morning update from Fr. Joshua:
Dear Families and Friends!
We have begun the difficult days! Throwing cement onto the houses. It is the best of times and the worst of times. These really bring everybody together as we show support for each other.
According to the foreman of our work, Jorge, we are ahead of schedule. And the weather has cooperated very well. So far sunny days and warm.
Blessings, Fr Joshua
For the last five years, the Mount Michael missionaries have been fortunate to work with Jorge Caballero. Through his company Mejorando Un Hogar ("Improving a Home"), Jorge designed the homes that we build and provides real construction expertise to the group. He just tweeted out a few pictures of our students at work:
Fr. Joshua sent this update about how things went on Sunday, and check out the slideshow below. It sounds like the mission is off to a great start. Thank you all for your continued prayers!
Dear families and friends,
Today we got off to a great start and everyone hit the ground running. The weather was gorgeous. We were able to finish the structure for both houses and began cementing one of the homes.
For the boys and dads some of the highlights they shared were the great food that the families prepared, working together, meeting the local families, and learning new skills. Moms would be proud to see how these boys even volunteer to do the dishes.
Blessings, Fr Joshua
The mission is being led by Fr. Joshua West, LC. He sent a brief update this morning, along with the a picture taken in the Mexico City airport:
Dear Families and friends,
We arrived safely into Mexico City!
We grabbed a bite to eat and made the 3 hour bus ride up to La Cima where we will be working.
Upon arriving most everybody was willing to get right to bed after a little dinner.
After an early (2 AM!) departure from Mount Michael, the group made it to the Kansas City airport. Everyone made it through security and onto the plane, and they are currently on the way to Houston. They will get to Mexico City early this afternoon and then should be in the village of La Cima by dinner time. Below are a few pictures from the morning.
The 2017 mission is just two days away. We have 26 students, 10 dads, and 4 MM staff members ready to go. They will build one house from scratch and finish walling and roofing a second. Check back here for pictures and other updates during the week!
It is time to begin our preparations for the 2017 mission! There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 PM in the Mount Michael chapel. All juniors and seniors interested in the trip should attend, along with their parents.
For those new to the mission, feel free to scroll below to see the updates posted during last year's trip.