All Things are Possible in Christ

We are finally home now. We started our journey home Tuesday afternoon. Before we got in the van, I stood there studying our reflections in a rain puddle at the retreat center where we had finished taking a day of rest and rejuvenation. In Santiago (James), I was reading about how not putting into practice […]

Glimpses of Heaven

Following on our last post from Felina Martens, here are some reflections from Graham Kosylo: After the final day of VBS, our team gathered with the local teens who helped out, and we had a get together at the Glessner’s house. The night started with board games and arm wrestling. However, the night ended very […]

Family Bonding

An update from Felina Martens — Last night was a night of many things. Of arm wrestling, testimonies, and tears; the culmination of our time with the youth group. After day camp every day, we climb the stairs of the shopping center where Puebla de Esperanza is located, to a meal of sandwiches and chips […]

Laughter and Exhaustion

This evening at our team debriefing, we all became infected with uncontrollable laughter: sweat and tears, side-aches, shortness of breath, and giggles that make the snorts of others even funnier than whatever started it. It may have started earlier in the day when we played for a second time with the teens one particular game […]


Writing quick greetings from Puebla, in the last minutes of our second full day:  We are grateful for all the new friends we are making and the old relationships we are rekindling. Many of the teams’ fears revolved around breaking language barriers, but with our common goal and your prayers to build strong and meaningful […]

No Passport Left Behind

After almost twenty hours of travel, it is so good to be in Puebla to reconnect with the Glessners, to reflect on our purpose this week, to see how God loves all his people, and to see how different cultures of the world live this life. Our travel highlights were delightfully uneventful save for a […]

The End is Just the Beginning

By Jacob Martens I am writing again from the Glessners’ backyard, and this will be my last chance to write from Mexico. I have been thinking about the way the houses are situated in Mexico; they seem to start on the sidewalk if not the curb, and concrete or brick walls make up the fences. […]

Getting into a Routine

by Jacob Martens As I write this, I already have catchy kids’ tunes stuck in my head (Cristo es mi superheroe, mi amigo, el mejor), and Karen is playing Sunset’s daycamp music, so my soundtracks are mixing (I am remarkably made). After the day camp is over, we drive or walk to the Glessner’s house […]

Feeling the Warmth

by Jacob Martens We had been studying about warm and cold cultures before we left on our mission, and now we are experiencing the warmth. It has little to do with the weather; in fact, most days, the temperatures are nearly the same between University Place and Puebla. One warm culture element has impressed me […]

Joining the Family

by Felina Martens Hi Sunset family! I am writing this two days after my dad, Jacob’s entry. Its amazing how eventful this week has been, and it’s only Monday.  This trip has been really thought-provoking. Being my first time out of the country, I had the idea that Mexico would be like a whole new […]