It was a long day of traveling on Sunday but we finally arrived in Donna, TX at 12:45am. I was here with the FGBI choir early last year but was still amazed to see an entire building added on. We loaded our stuff off, thanked Rev. Thorton for bringing us here safe, and headed to the dorms.
I felt bad about barging in when there were already a dozen or so girls sleeping, yet I just HAD to get a shower before I finally headed to bed around 2am.
They mentioned something about a group going across the border to pass toys out to children later in the afternoon. If there's room and if we have our passports we can go. Well, I sure brought my passport, so praying there's room!
Woke up at 8, got dressed, helped clean out a guest room, and took a trip to Wal-Mart in Weslaco, where I ran into one of my aunts and a cousin! It's been over 6 yrs since I've seen them.
We finally got to work separating toys and putting packages together for boys, girls, and adults. There's so much stuff and a lot of it ends up being junk but we're still left with quite a bit of good stuff.
While separating toys I was told that I'm to go with one of the church groups into Mexico tonight for a service and to pass out packages. I'm to be an interpreter to get the group across the border! Excited about the chance to go over but nervous about the responsibility I'll have. Praying that God will help me remember or learn quickly the Spanish I might need to use! :D
We've arrived from Reynosa and still speaking of our experiences. We joined Pastor Jose of Los Tres Cruzes for their service. Our journey across the border went surprisingly smooth.
A group of 16 of us went to deliver the gifts to the children. I rode with Rev. Samuel Snow's group, which also included Tonya Campbell (a fellow FGBIan), since they didn't have a Spanish-speaking person in their group.
When we got to the church we pulled into a giant garage that was the church building and adjoining fellowship hall. For the few minutes before service started we greeted and talked to the people. It was a good workout for my Spanish!
Bro. Snow preached a powerful message on "The Star" from Matt. 1:1-3, 9-10. The altar call was moving as we prayed for weeping women seeking to shine as the light of God. Once the altar service was over we pulled out the boxes and bags of packages. Their expressions were priceless. It was a wonderful feeling to be a blessing.
The Lord blessed us with a smooth journey back into the US. What a relief!
Sonia E. Vargas
Sonia's desire and hope is to write for the purpose of inspiring this generation, especially young woman.
Hannah Helm is a fun and outgoing young woman who loves to bring laughter and joy to anyone she comes in contact with. She is 24 years old and is a leader of Girl's Exalting the Master Ministry.
Paula is a passionate follower of Christ and loves to encourage others around her to do the same. She is 27 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014.
Kristyn is a sweet and gentle young lady from Trinity Holiness Tabernacle. She is 19 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She plays the piano and sings beautifully. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014 and Honduras team in 2016.