When we go to Mexico for the Day Away Women’s Conference, we always split into two groups. One group comprised of the people that will be caring for the children all day Saturday while their moms are at the conference, stay at the Casa del Pastor. The rest of the group goes on to Art’s ranch where the conference is held. Here are accounts from both groups:
We had a great time caring for the children while their mothers were away at the conference. We were greeted by approximately 70 children Saturday morning all excited to see us. The ages ranged from nursery to teens. Our team started off helping with breakfast, then the festivities began. We were busy all day! We brought some of the carnival games that we use at the church for the Harvest Festival, soccer balls, whiffle balls and bats, sidewalk chalk and coloring. We had forgotten about the duck whistles we brought until Saturday evening. When all of the children were finally quiet watching a Disney movie, but we opted to get them out. We were outside of the movie room blowing the whistles trying to lure them out. It was hysterical because they shushed us! One by one they would come out to see what was going on, then they would get a whistle. By 9:30 pm everyone had a whistle and was blowing them, just in time for their moms to get back and wonder what was going on. The Lord gave us a great day, a great team and a great time!
Day Away signifies a day away with the Lord. These women, young and old, understand that. We start the morning at 8:00am serving breakfast and then we are busy until 9:00pm or 10:00pm. This year we taught through the book of Esther, while looking at the contrast between our King and king Xerxes. The women always amaze me. These women work six days a week, and their payday is typically Saturday. So to come to the conference it will mean that they miss a day of work and have to wait to get paid. But they are willing to sacrifice this to spend the day with the Lord. This is a big deal! We had four studies during the day, so we were very busy. They took notes until the very end. The worship was beautiful, and the women loved it! In the afternoon, there was also a special time for the young women that came, (ages 16-22). We had a glorious day! God did so much! We always figure that when the warfare is intense God is going to do something amazing, this year that still proved to be true
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