Greetings from the City of Joy in Cancun! After an uneventful flight, and a long time through customs (few tourists bring 36 bags of tools, supplies and kitchen ware!) we made it to our lodging for the night in the City of Jot at 2:30 am. However the excitement for our mission got us up bright and early, and most missionaries were talking a walk in the compound at 7:30 am.
We had some time for coffee and to get to know each other, then morning prayer where we reflected on how as Our Lord goes into the desert, he invites us to this mission site as our “desert” to get to know him and ourselves better, to prepare us for our mission by being available to whatever He permits in the day by day.
Then we had a tour of the City of Joy – we’ll share more when we get home, the highlight was the party that the Carmelite Sisters put on for the elderly on Valentine’s day. We had a beautiful and joy filled time visiting with them.
As I write this update, everyone is having lunch so we can depart to the mission site, two hours away. The locals are waiting for us for Sunday Mass since they don’t have a priest anymore, so having Fr. Steve for the week is a huge grace for them, regardless of the language barrier.
We’ll try to keep in touch, if wifi permits.