How do you respond when things don’t go the way you expected?

How do you respond when things don’t go the way you expected?

2018 in all honesty has been a whirlwind for our family. There has been the normal flow of teams coming to build homes, Carnaval outreach, Discipleship Training Schools, etc. And to add to that we've had a bit of travel and our third kiddo Bella is now mobile trying to keep up with her big brothers. Really, when you look at it, it doesn’t seem all that different to last year but it has been. So what has made this year so different to the last few years?

Giving Back

I absolutely love Homes of Hope. It's one of those ministries that everyone goes into wanting to bless a family in need, but we all come away transformed by the experience.

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Day 1

Each morning we gather to pray and receive instructions to kick off our day.

 
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Mr. Tom

He started this company on the wishes of his father "help your people". That's what Morales Group continues to do in the United States, Mexico and beyond.

 
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Little man

Our little buddy that we met on the build site. His 7 year old brother was taking care of him this day.

 
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Day 2

Putting the final touches on the home

 
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Vitor

Vitor is on staff with us. He's a big guy with a tender heart.

 
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We did it!

The classic, team in front of the home shot

 
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Gratitude

Mr. Tom sharing about how much he was impacted by the opportunity to come and build this home

 
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Siblings

It doesn't get much better than being able to share this ministry with the brothers

 
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The day after

The day after the build the team put together an event to bless all the families in the colonia. These girls wanted to be the first in line

 
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Noah's a pro

In 2013 Noah was a part of handing out relief goods in the Philippines. Look's like he hasn't lost his touch

 
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Hmmm...

Koa holding down the toy section 

 
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Mom & daughter

We sacrifice time together, but when we have the opportunity to come together like this, we're reminded of why it's worth doing

 
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The end

When it's all said and done, you've given it your all. On the outside it seems like you gave something, but the reality is that you get back so much more than you could ever give

Every team has a story

Homes of Hope was established in 2006. Since then hundreds of teams have come down to build homes for families in need. Just like every family we build for has a story, each team has a unique story of how they came to be. These are the stories that make up the 2018 Hope Chapel Maui - Homes of Hope team.

 
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This is the scharnhorst family

For 15 years Jeff has been coming to Mexico on mission trips. This time his wife and daughter were able to join him. They’ve had an awesome experience jumping in and getting involved with the home build and the YWAM missionaries

 
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This is Helena & Alex

23 years ago, Helena wanted to join YWAM. Now Helena along with her daughter Alex are building a home for a family with YWAM.

 
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This is the Markey family

The Markey family came to Mazatlan in 2017 after hearing report backs from previous teams. They came and introduced LEGO ministry to Homes of Hope and it proved to be a hit with the kids in the neighborhood. Now they are back for a second time in 12 months because they feel this particular trip is a family friendly mission trip

 
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This is the Gillis family

Diane Gillis signed up her family for this mission trip. Although it may have taken a while for everyone to warm up to idea, once they started building the home they all really loved it

 
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This is Miles

Myles works for a roofing company on Maui and has been able to put his trade to use on the Homes of Hope build

 
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This is the Yasunaga family

Jennifer, who is from the Philippines heard about the mission trip at church and felt it was important to get back to her roots.

 
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This is CJ

CJ works in finance, but came to the Homes of Hope build ready and willing to learn. When the build was done, he expressed to me how much the trip and the build had impacted his life and he's keen to make another trip to YWAM Mazatlan in the future.

 
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This is Paul

He heard about the mission trip at church and has always been his ambition to go on a mission trip. This was his first mission trip, but he’s already looking at another trip to the Philippines.

 
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This is Shannah

Shanna is from Texas and has been able to use her Spanish to work with the local neighborhood kids while the build has been going on.

 
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This is Alexa

Alexa heard some missionaries sharing at church and got inspired to do a trip. This was her first mission trip, but she says it won’t be her last as she’s considering joining YWAM after high school.

 
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This is Lino and Brandon

Lino has built around 28 homes and Brandon close to 20. These guys are the next wave of Homes of Hope builders at YWAM Mazatlan.

 
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This is Vitor

Vitor is from Brazil and this is his fourth Homes of Hope build. He has a special connection to this team from Hope Chapel Maui because he is a part of a church in Brazil that was started by a Hope Chapel Maui missionary.

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This is Manny

Manny is the Homes of Hope director and continues to uphold the legacy of Mexican leadership of the ministry.

 
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This is Areli & Alice

Areli is from Mexico City and Alice from Newcastle, Australia. This build is the first of many for both of them as hosts for Homes of Hope.

 
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This is Tere

Tere is the only team member to serve in Homes of Hope as a local Pastor as well as YWAM Mazatlan staff. She brings a mother's heart as she connects with families before, during and after the builds.

 
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This is the Castro Robles family

This is the Castro Robles family, who just received a brand new home for their family of five. Jose Antonio was working in Los Cabos while his wife and three kids we're back in Mazatlan living in a shack. Then one day, someone told them that they would be receiving a home. They are the reason that God brought people from as far as Hawaii, Australia and Brazil together Mazatlan. We all have a story and this time it was the Castro Robles story that brought us all together.

 

Some of our favorite moments from the last month

Bella and her abuelo at the Homes of Hope build site

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Morales Group dedicates another home

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A pizza treat for the kids in the colonia

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Bella is getting bigger

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Noah enjoying his auriga (truck taxi) ride home

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La lucha libre

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Sargento, by far my favorite lucha libre

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Hope Chapel team visits the M/V Amazing Grace

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The Prangnell's playing memory

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Surf lessons with the DIF kids

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Bella enjoying her first Homes of Hope build

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It was a family effort

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A little touch of Hawaii for the new home owners

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Celebrating the only way we know how... tacos!

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The boys getting ready to distribute the bible in El Armadillo

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Happy baby

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The boys dealing with Moctezuma's revenge

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Maui Girl

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BBQ with the boys

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Izzy and Hezzy

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How we eat when mommy's gone

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Easter morning

 

The girls hard at work

5 lessons from the longest "Two weeks" of our lives

It's been about a year now since we first said "The Amazing Grace should be headed down to Mazatlan in two weeks". On February 12th 2017 around 100 YWAMers gathered at Marina Mazatlan to welcome the Amazing Grace to Mazatlan and celebrate the end of "two weeks". Over the last year "two weeks" has become a bit of a catch phrase around the base. At the beginning it was funny, but as weeks turned to months you could tell that "two weeks" started wearing on people. What was funny, was now the butt of the base jokes and as we have journeyed over the last year there are a few lessons that we have learned about two weeks that we wanted to share.

 

Share God's vision

Over the course of the last year, one thing was clear. We need to share the vision of YWAM Ships Mazatan with as many people as we can and as often as we can. As we shared what could be, we were amazed at how people have continued to respond. Students off of our Ships DTS' and from other bases joined our staff team, even though there was no ship. Medical professionals and marine crew began inquiring and so many people got behind the vision financially. 

Trust God's process

A friend who often speaks on the various training schools that we run, asked this question in a staff training session. "When is the last time they laughed at you?". They laughed at Noah while he was building the Ark. They laughed at Nehemiah, while he attempted to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. They laughed at Jesus when He told them that He was the Son of God. All of these people had one thing in common. They trusted God's process. When God speaks, all we have to do is obey and He takes care of the rest. 

 

Embrace God's sense of humor

The last time I went up to the Bay Area to help prep the ship we set a tentative departure date, which was two weeks after I was set to arrive back to Mazatlan. Two weeks later on January 30th, the Amazing Grace left San Francisco on what was meant to be a 10 day trip. Thanks to some weather and scheduling delays the Amazing Grace pulled into Marina Mazatlan two weeks later on February 12th. 

 

Never give up on God's dreams

When the Amazing Grace was finally here and the owners and crew were running up the gangway to the welcome party we realized something. God spoke to us in 2010 about YWAM Ships, but made it offical in 2015. For all of 2016 YWAM Mazatlan has been waiting for this moment, but the unsung hero's of this story are the owners of the Amazing Grace - Zeus and Charlotte Ebio. Almost 17 years ago, God spoke to them about selling their home, buying a ship and using it for His glory. For almost 17 years they lived on the ship, invested their blood, sweat, tears and money into the ship. They didn't know how, they didn't know when, they just knew that God had spoken to them. Perseverance can be defined as "I will not quit". The Ebio's embody perseverance, because they held tight to the promises of God and they did not quit. 

 

Put God first in everything

Seem's like a pretty straight forward comment from a missionary, but you'd be suprised at how much we as human's try to get in the way by doing things the way we want to. We have timelines that we want to keep to and plans that we want to follow, but at the end of the day what is most important is to keep God first in everything and let him guide us. So when the crew of the Amazing Grace ran up the gangway to the crowd of YWAMers there to receive them, the very first thing we did was worship and give thanks to God.