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Since our last update, we have been working hard to finish up our last level of language school.  During one week of Level IV, the church needed our classroom to hold a vacation bible school.  We were asked to assist by providing transportation for some kids that visit on Sundays and live 35 minutes south of the church. Kelly and I were happy to help out and were truly blessed by the new relationships we formed over the week.  From the first time we arrived to pick them up, we fell in love with their smiles and positive energy.  We also met their teachers, Leslie and Jazmin, who are amazing blessings to these kids and equally awesome people.  They live in an area of town that generally isn't safe at night and where you can easily be faced with an environment of drugs and alcohol.  Spending time with the kids though, you wouldn't know it.  Leslie and Jazmin have been pouring into their lives for a while now, bringing them to Casa de Paz on Sundays and teaching Kindergarten through Elementary from their home down the block.  We can't tell you enough how much we enjoyed spending time with them.  The VBS was Monday through Friday, and the closing night was Saturday evening.  Leslie and Jazmin invited us back for Saturday night, and we were able to see the kids wrap up their week of learning about Jesus.  As we were taking them home, one of the kids asked us when they would see us again.  Our hearts melted, and I told them we would have to meet up again before we left for Cofradia.  Kelly had the great idea of inviting them over to our neighborhood so they could enjoy the couple of parks and play areas we have and share some pizza, Coke and cookies with us.  Luckily, the rain stayed away long enough for them to play soccer, play with some kickballs, and take turns walking/running with Phoebe.  I really wanted to have my camera with me, but I was so busy playing host, joining in on the games and providing piggy back rides.  So, the camera had to stay in the bag.  I wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces though, a boy named Kevin in particular.  As we were eating our pizza, the rain started to come down and we had to move under cover.  This didn't stop play time but stomachs full on pizza and Coke did, ha.  One girl playing soccer with me that told me she needed to take a break as she rubbed her stomach.  Where was Kelly with the halftime orange slices, ha?  After everything was cleaned and packed up, we headed back to their homes.  As we were leaving the neighborhood, the kids were trying to memorize the street names and bus numbers so they could come back and visit again.  That day and evening was easily one of my favorites here in Guadalajara.  After sharing with our teachers Erika and Chayo, we learned even more about their situation.  One change is that unfortunately Casa de Paz had to make a difficult decision to stop supporting Leslie, Jazmin and the kids of the Colli.  They were informed of this decision the week of VBS.  With this being the only outlet for time with God and school, please pray that alternative means can be found to support them and allow Leslie and Jazmin to continue their ministry.
We are very excited to report that we received our diplomas!  It is so hard to believe that our time at the school has come to a close. We already miss seeing Chayo and Erika on a daily basis. On our last day I asked to make sure there wasn't a level IVB or V.  They hold a special place in our hearts, and it is difficult to say goodbye.  We know we will see them again though and are keeping in touch through FaceBook.  They have equipped us well and now that we have all the information for grammar rules, verb conjugations, etc., it is time for practice and more practice!.....and yes, more practice.
Prayer Requests:

Language School -  We want to highlight our appreciation for all the prayers over our language studies.  We could not have completed this journey without them.  On a similar topic, we learned this will be the first time in 20 years the school will not have students for the next session.  This is one of the few Christian based language schools in Mexico.  Kelly and I both can't imagine a better place and better teachers to have.  Please pray the word continues to spread about the Harvest Language Center and that God provides more students for our teachers.  

Fertility Clinic -  Kelly and I were prepared for the embryo transfer when we learned from our doctor we had missed the window.  This means we need to wait another cycle to try again.  We have had our first appointment this cycle and will have follow up appointments with possible embryo transfer the first week of September.  This will require us to travel back to Guadalajara, shortly after returning to Cofradia.  Our prayers are for safe travels during this time and the embryo transfer is successful    If you are interested in knowing more, you can read our updates on the blog and GoFundMe pages.

The Ministry - With language school coming to an end, Kelly and I are preparing ourselves for full time ministry in Cofradia.  Our next three months will be busy as we have a couple new teams coming to Cofradia!  We have El Reto during the month of September, a new team arriving in October, and a house build project with a team in November.  We are excited to work alongside them and can't wait to see how God blesses those involved.
Also, we mentioned in our previous update that we added a second chart below showing our support status with an additional two-year assignment.  Please prayerfully consider joining our support team!  There is a need for more monthly supporters to keep us in Mexico.  We are in the process of finalizing travel dates, however we know that we will be in Houston and Kentucky at the end of the year (late November through December).  We would love the opportunity to meet with you and share our ministry.  Please don't hesitate to email, if you or your home church would be interested in meeting up with us.  You can reach us at laindotgrant@gmail.com or thegrants@obeyhismission.com.

El Reto 2016 - El Reto is underway and week 1 was a success!  The theme this year is "Contra Reloj" or Against the Clock.  This is a very important time for the youth of Cofradia and surrounding towns.  They will be learning about God through various activities and challenges in a Fear Factor/Amazing Race/Survior setting followed by a time of reflection and worship. The event takes place over the course of six Saturdays.  Our prayers are that the kids stay safe and spiritually energized.  If you are interested in following the event, there is an El Reto FaceBook page updated on a regular basis here

Oh, como Le gusta!
 
Lain and Kelly Grant
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