This weekend we loaded up a big-O tourist bus with 55 people from the Puebla churches and went over to Mexico City! We headed to El Valle de Chalco, which is one of the biggest slums in the world.
There is a church there and we went to have services with them!
Our volcano, Popo (left), and Itza (right), which is Popo's girlfriend, according to legend.
Flipping coins to see who was to preach first ;)
Yeah, I caught you guys haha :P
Grampa getting his shoes shined
We were all expecting an actual church, but when we got there, they had a tent set up! There was a circus set up right behind us :))
There were two services, all out in the open, in a very busy part of town.
I watched as a man of the street got out of his truck and went to the back to start unloading it. He pulled out a box and glanced to the side, inside of the tent. When he saw Hna. Elvira on the drums his mouth just fell open and he froze. Hna. Elvira does an amazing job and is so talented!
As you can see, we had church like normal!
(See the blue circus tent in the background?)
In front of the tent there was this herd of goats/sheep/etc
Elder Wakefield preached the day service
"Hijitos, teneis de comer?!"
After the first service, there was a lunch break so Austin and our assistant pastor went to play on the teeter-totter...
...and El Pastor went to study.
During lunch time, the pastor's wife from Mexico City came over and asked me if I liked cuerito, which is pig skins boiled in oil. It's slimy. I said "Umm, actually I don't..." And she said, "Well you just haven't tried mine!" Then she left. A minute later she came back with a chicharrin with cueritos on it!!!!
I said thank you and tried to be grateful, but my stomach was absolutely churning.
(This here is my first adventure with cuerito).
But, as has happened many times in past situations like this...Mario (Elder Wakefield's assistant) completely saved my life and ate the whole chicharrin with the cueritos for me!
For the record--I did taste her cueritos, just to be safe and polite. I licked one of the cueritos.
Ok so just to add insult to injury....this cuerito was PICKLED. No kidding.
Sour AND slimy. *My favorite!*
Anways. Back to church.....
During the services there were people around the tent that would stop and listen, and some even came in and sat down. This was an awesome outreach event for the church there!
El Pastor preaching
Then it was time to head back home!
Gramma getting on the bus
Haha, some people from church taking pictures of the bus with their phones :P
It got dark on the way home so our driver flipped on these really cool blue overhead lights.
I felt like I was on a spaceship ;P
Aaaaaand that was our trip!
I do believe this is the longest post I've done in a very long time. :D