Open letter to the Motley Mission Crew #8 (Jerry, Diane, Bob, Marty, Edelbis, Val, Dave, Dan, Tory, Jack, & Sherry):
Well, by now everyone is back at home. The air conditioning sure is working good here. In a way, when you first step off the plane the cool air actually feels good (for about 10 seconds).
I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone who participated in this year's trip. Sherry and I had a fantastic time. It sure was nice to see that the people in the community (under Eusavio and Gustavo's direction) took the initiative to frame in the houses, and to do such a nice job. We really appreciated the team work this year and the fact that everyone was so easy going. Of course, we all need to thank Gustavo and Bien. Their hard work making preparations for us, preparing the job site, and then cooking and caring for all of us in their home while we are there. Needless to say, the trip would not be possible without them. Thanks Gustavo and Bien for your extraordinary hospitality.
We understand that each and every one of you had to make sacrifices of time and money this year--and we appreciate it and so do the people in Los Mameyes and Los Gomez. Think of the lasting difference you made in the life of Aris, her daughter, and her mother. The dignity that you gave back to Aris by providing her with a new home, wheelchair, and for the first time a bathroom--instead of that coffee can. I hope you felt some of that sincere gratitude that they were showing.
And then of course, there is the Maldonado family. Their house was so bad that Gustavo had them move out of it before we got there to build. Now the family has something that they would have never been able to acheive. Isn't gratifying to just hand someone the keys to a new house and say, "Here, it is yours. No strings attached." That is what these trips are all about. That is why this dedicated team vows that every penny collected from outside sources will be used to buy materials for the people we serve. There is not even one nickel that goes toward administrative expenses.
One final note. When we build a house for someone that is nice. It provides a dwelling place for the family for many years. Our hope is that through the love we show them, that they will find their way to Jesus Christ our saviour. His promise is eternal and will never fade away. Please pray that the families will not only find Jesus, but walk with Him every day.
Like they say in the old country,
Hope you can join us on another trip.
Ricardo & Sherry
This page is under construction, but you can see a short video of the 2013 trip by clicking below: