Sarita En Baja (or, Sara in Baja): A Missions Update

To: The brothers and sisters in Christ in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee,California, Texas, Michigan, Florida, and all over.

From: Sara E. Robb, missionary at heart called by God at age 15 to serve the people of Mexico, and equipped to continue this service with financial and prayerful support from Scott Boulevard Baptist Church,family, and friends:

Grace and peace to each of you from our Lord Jesus Christ and yourchurch family in Maneadero, Baja California, Mx. 

Though there are many of you who are unknown to the people of Maneadero, they send yougreetings of blessing, grace and peace anyway.

The church here is small, but fierce. Strong in its zeal, faithful inall kinds of setbacks, unnaturally persistent in its unwaivering faith.

 There were 53 women in attendance at the Sunday afternoonladies’ class. Laurie Helms brought great lesson from The Beatitudes which I was honored to interpret for her.

Our trip is going well, though it got off to a rocky start at the border. After sharing a meal together at In N Out Burger when we left the San Diego Airport, we loaded up on the bus to drive across the border, where our troubles began. 

We spent about an hour haggling withthe chief border patrol guy whose name was, I kid you not, Mr. Castro.He was adamant that, though all of our paperwork indicated we’d bestaying in Mexico for only 5 days, someone had said it was 7 days andwe would have to pay for everyone’s tourist visa.

 My fellow interpreter, and long-time Baja Missions buddy Caroline, was able to smooth things over and we crossed into Mexico with visas free of charge and no additional problems.

The drive down the coast was beautiful, with the ocean seeming like it was directly under our bus – bussing through the cliffy coastline is my favorite part of Baja travel days.

God has blessed this trip at every turn. The first house has been built and painted, the second is being built today, and work will begin on an additional third house tomorrow. 

The clinic has seen about 80-100 people this week so far. The numbers have been very low this year because there’s actually a lot of work for field workers this summer, which is very good.

We feed lunch to the community and the church members every day and I’ve spent most of my days loving on kids and having conversations with tired mothers who just want the best for their children.

The highlight for me, so far, has been the way that 4 years (the last time I was in Baja),though it seemed like an eternity to me, doesn’t erase the bonds you make in Baja, the difference your presence makes in someone’s life, the impact that Christ’s love has on individuals and communities.

I’ve been asked so many times “where have you been?” “What took you so long to come back?” “Will you stay all summer?” “When do you leave and when will you be back?” I’ve been recognized and greeted by name by preachers and their wives, and church members.

That’s not a feeling that ever goes away. The ability to pick up where we left off, and hold that until the next year, year after year, is a mark of true Baja bonds that only those who have experienced them for themselves will truly understand, but hopefully this gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to love these people and to be loved by them in return.

Though we’ve had a great week, and although the people are encouraged by our presence here; though we know the impact of Christ’s love in action will continue on after we leave, there is real suffering that plagues this church’s members and the surrounding community: real hunger, real thirst, real poverty, real pain.

This church has its benevolence work cut out for it, and always has. Alfredo, the preacher and his wife, Carmen have done and continue to do an amazing job of caring for the poorest of the poor in Baja.

Good things are happening in this region of Mexico. Thank you for

being a part of it.

Blessings,

– Sara –

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