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I should start this thing off with a quick apology.  Last month I attempted to make a joke about the "Summer Grant Tour" and in the process, made reference to Ticket Servant dot com. My intention was not to provide an actual link to the ticketing site. It wasn't until a few friends emailed me that I noticed it automatically linked the text in the update.  With the program we use for our updates, I thought you have to manually build the links in the email, but I guess that isn't the case.  Anyway, I'm sorry for the confusion and will double check our updates for link legitimacy!

While Kelly and I were in Guadalajara at the beginning of the month, we visited La Fuente in the Coli.  This is the area of the city where we met Jazmin and Leslie and the kids they were teaching.  We helped out during their Vacation Bible School by bringing them to and from the church where we attended language school.  We got to see many of them again and check out the church there for the first time with Jeremiah and Kelly, our pastors in Guadalajara.  This was a special Sunday as it was Día de los Niños.  I was originally bummed not to be able to be in Cofradía that Sunday, but thankfully was able to participate in the festivities for the kids in the Coli. Before service they put on a drama about the story of the fiery furnace and King Nebuchadnezzar.  They asked me if I would mind being the gold statue.  Not one for acting, my first reaction was....hesitation, ha.  But knowing I just had to stand still and not remember any lines, I thought how hard could it be?  The least I could do is stand still right?  Well, my hand got a little tired, and I was worried I was late with my entrance and exit, but other than that, I think I did okay. The kids in the congregation really enjoyed the skit, not because of the tall statue, but because the others who participated did such a great job. 
We tried looking for a plain gold mask but came up empty.  So, make-up was provided by Kelly Grant and I think my moment of fame came after the service.  A girl came up to me asking to take a picture with the statue because I was "tan alto" or so tall, ha.  She doesn't understand, I'm point guard height, shortest one on the court.  I'm not really that tall...
This year I was able to attend the annual Pastors Retreat with Steve and the guys. Not being a pastor, my main responsibility was to provide the meals, but I am also reading along with them in "The 21 Most Powerful Steps in a Leader's Day" by John C. Maxwell.  The book is great and includes awesome reference to scripture for its topics and useful, practical prayer guides.  Steve, Pastor Goyo, and Pastor Luis, invited some pastors from Las Varas and Compostela to the retreat as well as Pastor Amado and his team from Rosamorada.  This year we spent two full days together and stayed overnight in San Blas.  I think last year the guys ended up having the retreat at the church in Cofradía so it was blessing to have the opportunity to get out and be in a different environment.  I told them it felt like a mini short-term mission trip.  Being altogether in a different town, I think, brought us closer together, and helped us focus on the activities we had planned.  It was a busy couple days with a full agenda, but I know everyone got the most out of our time there.  I wrote a summary about the retreat on our blog, here, if you would like to know more details from the trip.  The highlights included sharing testimonies at the Ruins in San Blas, enjoying great teaching from Steve about the qualities of a great team and from Pastor Goyo about leadership in the book of Nehemiah, some pool and movie time, hopefully good food, and ending with waves at the beach.  Pastor Amado and Pastor Ruben left very encouraged with the things they learned and are excited to get back to work in their respective churches.  The guys from Compostela were not able to make it, but I definitely see this group (Steve, Goyo, and Luis) doing the retreat for others again.  They all offer so much in their teachings and really enjoy helping raise up leaders in the area.  Our prayer is the guys from Compostela can make it out next time.  
Shout out to the Cofradía Warriors soccer team!  The guys won the championship game 3-0 to take home the trophy.  I haven't played since I was.... 12? (Go Snake Eyes!!)  I wonder how I would do out there...
Over the past few weeks we have been helping a man in Las Pilas build an extra room on his property.  Gustavo is responsible for cleaning up and maintaining the garden areas in the middle of town. Pastor Goyo sees this opportunity to serve, as an open door to build a relationship with him.  So far we have poured the floor and built the walls up to the level for the bond beam.  We are praying for continued safety and success during the build and that our relationship with Gustavo continues to grow.
Continuing to do more renovations around the base and our apartment.  I completed the painting on the play structure and painting our living room, kitchen, bathroom and office. We have a clean slate ready to hang some things on the wall now...
In a few weeks, Kelly, Phoebe, and I will be packing up the Tundra and getting on the road again!  We are super excited for the trip and look forward to seeing everyone.  I'll go ahead and give thanks to the first gas station in the States that has a cold Sunkist waiting for me... #sorrymexicofantaisnotthesame
HWY 15 will start our long trek north...
And before we go...
The rechargeable battery I use to power my photography lights died on me the last time I was in the States. The battery cell went out and the company no longer offers replacements. I would love to be able to buy a new one while we are in town. The battery allows me to take the lights anywhere for pictures, being free from extension cords and electrical outlets.  The new model is lighter and around $240 dollars.  If anyone would be interested in helping me with the cost, send me an email!
Prayer Requests:
 
Dwellings -  We love this ministry and ask that you continue to lift up these families that are in need of a home! Our hope is to find teams to bless each of these families with a home.  Our booklet has been updated and is ready to share with others while we are stateside!  Again, here is the group that will welcome, host, and work with you when you arrive in Cofradía!

 
The Grants -  The last couple of months we have asked for prayers for my family during the workmen compensation issue that my mom was dealing with.  Thank you for the prayers we appreciate it!  The issue is settled and my mom is currently making applications at other places.

Bible School Graduation - Our Sunday service on the 18th of June will be a special one, as we will see our second graduating class from the Summit Bible College extension we have in Cofradía!  We will have some guests flying in from Mexico City to stay at the mission base for a few days as well.  Please pray everything runs smoothly for the service and that all are blessed during this time together.

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!

Travel - Soon we will begin our trip to visit family and friends stateside.  We would love prayers for safe travels and smooth passings at checkpoints and the border crossing.


¡Cuánto nos ama!
 
Lain and Kelly Grant
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