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It is still very much dry season in Cofradía, so plants and trees are dusty but they're blooming.  Now, I'm just waiting for the grass to turn green, ha.
We had another busy month in Cofradía, and we started it out with a party!  Kelly's birthday was the 28th of February and as we invited people, we realized Pastor Goyo and Pastor Luis's birthdays are the 1st of March.  So, we combined the celebrations and invited everyone over to the base for burgers, hot dogs, chips and salsa, and of course, cake.  We invited many people from Cofradía, as well as, some friends from Rosamorada.  Isabel's husband, David and I were busy grilling the 50 burgers, and it was great to see so many people having fun enjoying each others company at the base.  Kelly wished she could have invited her friends from the States, as well, but she enjoyed her evening and received some great gifts, too. The best was Pastor Amado and members of his church from Rosamorada praying over us and offering words of encouragement for our fertility struggles before they left.  All in all, it was a great time, especially with the kids and my camera...
This month we also celebrated the sixth anniversary of Centro Cristiano being built!  The church had a great turnout but I think the biggest blessing was our guest speaker, Pastor Carlos from Sinaloa.  He had a unique way of preaching that I thought was refreshing, engaging, and super effective.  The guy is very talented, first reading poems he wrote about the growing ministry in Cofradía, then singing songs, and ending with his message.  The part I enjoyed the most was his way of re-telling stories from the Gospels in his own words and relating it more to modern day times.  I was also relieved and happy that I was able to keep up with most of the jokes he shared.  It's frustrating, hearing the whole congregation laugh out loud, and I just have to look over at Kelly and shrug....especially when the jokes are in Spanish.
I spent a few days up in La Mesa del Nayar with Jay and others, a few weeks ago. We worked on rebuilding a wall where the school parks their van and truck.  I also helped Jay get pictures of all 70 plus students so he can share their information with people stateside who would like to donate clothes, shoes, pay for medical expenses or other items.  It was difficult to get a smile out of them due to the cultural difference in posing for a photo.  The majority of the time the smile came after I told them they were free and done, ha.  I enjoyed this trip more because I came better prepared with warmer clothes and snacks.  The students wake up and have devotion at 6am, work until 8:30am, have breakfast, then back to work and classes.  The next meal isn't until 3:30pm.  ...3:30pm.  I don't know how they do it. It's not long after working that I need my Snickers bar, otherwise....yeah.  If anyone is interested in helping these students please let me know!
My friend Che Che offered to lead us up one of the hills in town to catch a view of the table top.  It was cloudy but definitely worth it.
Kelly and I have also been busy re-painting the inside of our apartment as well as taking pictures of different families and friends.  I've had a blast doing this, especially with Ramón and his friends.  Along with the pictures, he is now taking English classes with Kelly during the week to prepare to leave for the States for contract work. He has participated in a past El Reto but we are prayerful that he and his friends will join us sometime for church on Sundays.
Before we go, I would just like to extend thanks again to Travis Wright for the laptop he donated for us.  As we expected, it is a huge help.  The mobility number one and not just for taking into town.  It works out great bringing it into Steve's office to work on budgets and use the printer/scanner.  We also have the ability to both be working on things at the same time.  Now we feel so much more efficient!  So thank you sir, it is much appreciated!
Prayer Requests:
Dwellings -  Please continue to lift up these families that are in need of a home! We interviewed another new family last week and will have their story up soon on the blog's Dwelling page.

The Grants -  My mom works for Spring ISD and injured herself by pulling shoulder and chest muscles while trying to manage one of the special need students. Currently, she is working with her attorney on a workman's compensation issue. My mom is only trying to do what is fair, and at this point, ready to get back to work and move on.  Her latest hearing in front of the judge, what we thought would be the end to this drawn out process, did not satisfy the district.  The difficult part was we did not hear this information until my mom had already started her tasks from the hearing (Paperwork and two different scheduled doctor appointments to check her strength and health).  Another hearing is scheduled in May and we are not sure what the outcome will be.  Please pray for strength for my mom and dad and that this process can be resolved fairly and quickly.

The Mesa -  We received news that a priest up in the Mesa was shot dead on the way back into town from Jesús Maria, a neighboring town to the Mesa.  Two others in the car were injured but are in stable condition.  We don't have much more information other than this seems to be the work of the cartel.  Just the other week, Jay, Che Che, and I went into Jesús Maria to buy contstrutction supplies and were traveling on the same roads.  This has obviously caused concern for the students who don't sleep on the school property during the week.  Some of the students walk or hitch rides with people going down the mountain to get home.  Santos, the director at the school, has encouraged all students to stay at the school during the week and stay on the weekend, as well, for the time being.  They have also changed plans for their annual student retreat, electing to hold the activities in the school compound.  Please join us in prayer for safety for all.  Jay, Faith, and their son Kai, are missionary friends of ours that live in Cofradía but have been staying up in the Mesa each week, Monday through Thursday.  Pray for their safety as well.

Womens Ministry - The women of Cofradía are going through The God Empowered Wife by K.B. Haught.  They are meeting every Monday at 5pm at the base.  Please pray for the women, specifically their marriages and that they feel comfortable in sharing during break out sessions.  Also pray for new women to join the group each week!

Health Insurance - Often we are asked if we ever have a significant financial need to let people know.  This is the time of the year we are preparing to pay our annual health insurance which runs around $3,500 dollars.  We will be making the payment in July, but if you would like to help us with this and have questions, let me know!

Support Status - ...and we saved the best for last!  Praise!
Look at that beautiful pie chart below!  It's all navy!  This month we give thanks to the Lord and to you, our faithful supporters, for reaching our two-year support goal! We celebrate with you, the work God has done our first two years in Mexico and look forward to seeing what he has planned for our ministry in the future.

¡Cuánto nos ama!
Lain and Kelly Grant
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