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The Hands of The Great Potter

      Reflecting back on this past month in Mexico, I feel so blessed and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve along side of the people at The Casa in El Higo. Not only did I get to serve them and serve with them, but they served me in being the hands and feet of Jesus. As i look at the last month and look at what all God did I see the changes that took place in peoples hearts.

      My prayer going into this month was that God would shape my heart. That he would mold me in his image. Give me eyes to see things like he does, and ears to listen and hear things as he does. To say that he provided me with these things would be an understatement. Not only did he provide and bless me with surrounding me with beautiful children, wise adults, and encouraging friends, he blessed me with his heart, his eyes, and his ears. Jesus molded my heart, and the hearts around me. I was impacted by seeing the power of the grace of God and what happens when someone accepts it. I saw children slowly begin to trust again, feel true joy again, and feel safe again. I saw the joy of a child coming into the room with a plate, and parents waiting for them. 

       My dream from my first trip here to The Casa has been to come back and serve for a longer amount of time. To live in a different culture, meet new people, and to be totally reliant on God. So when this dream became a reality and when I felt the Lord calling me back, I was nothing short of excited, and expectant. I was ready to say yes, and go out and be apart of something greater than myself. But it was greater than I could have ever dreamed, and he had a plan further than i could ever see. The Casa has tought me so much about myself and how God sees me not only this month but every time i have been here. Whether that was through the joy and the love that the children have for the Lord. Through the faith and the strength that David and Cristina have. Or through the constant joy and presense of the Lord, I have learned so much. I have also learned a lot about God and who he is to me. He is my provider, constantly providing me with things i could never reach on my own. He is my strength, stronger than I could ever be, and his love for me is endless. Nothing compares to the great hands of our father. 

      Never in my life would I have thought that Mexico would have hold of my heart. Growing up you dream of your Prince Charming, your dream job, and your perfect children. Where you will live, what your house will look like, and the type of kitchen you will have. All of these things are great to dream about, to picture yourself in 10 years, but none of this is going to fullfill your heart. When you give those dreams up to Jesus, surrendering your heart, your dreams, and your passions to him, it can be so scary, but it is so worth it. Jesus took my dream of a perfect, cookie cutter life, and turned it upside down. My dreams and passions are nothing but big God dreams, and I’m so excited that The Casa is apart of them. I feel so fulfilled, so purposeful, and so valued. I am so much more reliant on God, and if he didn’t show up, I would fall flat on my face. 

      The plan God has for my life is a mystery to me, and I’m okay with that. We dont need to know what, why, and how. Our minds cant even begin to comprehend that great big plan he has for us. We only need to trust in the plan and look at how he has provided and remained faithful in our life’s. Our hearts are constantly being molded by the hands of the great potter. He is molding my heart into his image, and at times it hurts, but I’m so grateful. 

      This place has and will forever have a special place in my heart. My time at The Casa has been nothing but life changing. God has provided and opened doors and I will be forever greatful for the time, and the memories made here. I am so excited for the plan that God has for me and the Casa and i am trusting and waiting for the calling to go back.

      I am thankful for David and Cristina and all that they have done for me since the day we met. May God bless them twice as much as they have blessed me. May God provide peace, and comfort in the hard days, and joy and the reminder that he will remain faithful. Your ministry touches many, and the hands of the great potter are molding it and growing it. Your minsitry impacts many, and has a special place in many hearts. Your heartbeat remains true of this: to glorify and build the kingdom of God. Much love for you and your children! See you soon!

-Shea Diener

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Hello my name is Anya Bota. I am 24 years old and I live in Jacksonville Florida; originally from Ukraine. I have always had a heart out for kids wheather it was in sunday school, kids ministry or working in schools, where I currently am working. 

Because I grew up in a Russian community I didnt get to interact much with different cultures and in 2012 I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and ever since then I have been coming to Mexico every year but it wasn't until 2014 tho when I met Cristina and David. When our church group was in Mexico in 2014 we were in need of a translater and Cristina was asked to translate. After that week I didn't think I'll ever see her again  but little did I know that our paths would one day cross again. I followed the Casa Dayspring page and noticed that they were building something and I was curious so I messaged Cristina and after our conversation God put it on my heart to help out. I made up my mind to go help out and on January 27th, 2017 I came with a one way ticket. I came with the idea of being a helping hand; with an open heart to anything and everything God has to offer here. 

My time here has been somewhat of a life changing experience the 8 months I got to stay here in 2017. When I went back home on September I couldnt get the Casa out of my head. There were hardship here and there, but after 8 months you build such close bonds with everyone here that the others things don't even matter. Listening to the testimonies of these kids was an eye opener about how much one can through in the little time they have been on this earth. I learned to not pity them because of their pasts but to be sympathetic and show them real love through actions since I couldn't express with my broken Spanish. 

The second time I came was to spend the summer with them this year. Second time around was so much different, it's was like coming back to a family reunion and we started where we left of. One thing I struggled with the first time I was here was gaining their trust and respect. When I came back I was expecting the girls to take my stuff again but to my surprise they never did, it's funny how now we laugh about the times they were in trouble last year for taking my stuff and hiding it. These girls I got to live with for 8 months have become my little sisters and I couldn't be more blessed to have them in my life. I have witnesses how much they have grown over the year and what a difference a little love and joy can do in a childs life. We went through hardship and trials together but through that we are that much more bonded. I can't even call thid a missionary trip anymore, I call it family because thats what the Casa became to me. 

Never in my life did I think I would have this opportunity and I thank God for these doors that He has opened for me because through these doors I got to meet so many amazing people and through this I have received so many blessings from God, family, friends and my church that kept me and the Casa in their prayers. 

These kids may come and go out of the Casa but they will forever have a special place in my heart. As my time here at the Casa is coming to an end for the summer I am already planning about when I will be reunited with my Casa Dayspring family again. 

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      Hello I would like to introduce myself for those of you who don’t know me. My name is Shea Diener, and I am from Nappanee, Indiana. I will be going into my senior year of highschool this fall, and I am here at the casa for a little short of a month this summer. 

      I was first introduced to David and Cristina in the spring of 2015 and that following winter my dad led a trip to the Casa with my whole family. Ever since then my dad has been leading missions and work trips to the Casa at least once a year. Needless to say, I fell in love with not only Mexico, but more specifically the kids and adults apart of the Casa in El Higo. I fell in love with the mission, and the person I became through the impact of the Casa. I have seen many people and things come and go from this place. Ive seen the Casa go through many trials, but I have also seen triumphs. The thing that impacted me the most was the constants. The constant love and the constant faithfulness and trust in the Lord.

      Its cool looking back on 2015 and seeing how much I have changed. Going into each and every trip, I looked at it as me going and helping them, impacting the people here. But there was one trip that I came back not impacted by this place. I would like to think the Casa, David and Cristina, the kids, and most importantly the plan that God has had for me all along leads up to this point in my life.

      The Casa has become one of my homes, and being back has been nothing short of a blessing! I’m so greatful for the big plan that God has for me here, and how he has and will continue to provide for me and the Casa.

    Looking back on this past week I think of the word refreshed. This week has been such a blessing and has brought lots of joy into my heart. Wether I am in the kitchen helping with lunch, planning a bible school, teaching someone their vowels, or helping potty training a child, this week has been such a joy filled week. I am so blessed by the kids and even adults and their patience as I learn the routine, their language, and even how to cutt a tomato. The power of prayer and being in his word has also been a big part of this past week. The devil has tried to feed me lies of your not good enough to to be here, they don’t understand you, you won’t ever get it. But when I find myself in the word, I can feel Jesus whispering over me, truth and life. You have been called, I am speaking through you, and I am using you. 

      My prayer for this next week is that i will have willing hands. Hands that will do whatever, and will go till they can’t move anymore. That Jesus will give David and Cristina peace, and that they can be still and rest in his love and mercy. 

-Shea

 

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