Mexico Trip

greg aloteI flew out of Indy to Mexico early Friday morning with the other “Fellows” (18 pastors from around Indiana) in the Wabash Pastoral Fellowship.   I’ll try to reflect on it over a few blogs.

This is the 5th time I’ve been to Mexico.  One was just a cruise stop in Cozumel.  One was a mission trip, taking Suncrest students to Ensenada to build houses.  One was to visit a church we planted near Mexico City.  And one was to visit some good friends who had moved from Indiana to Monterrey.

All of those trips had their differences, but on the scale of uniqueness this trip easily wins.  We are in far southern Mexico (though it isn’t terribly warm since we are up in the mountains).  “Chiapas” is the name of the state and the city we are based in is “San Cristobal de la Casas”.  It is a fascinating city of about 150,000 people with incredible cultural heritage.

The most enlightening parts of the trip have been our journeys to villages that are still marked by their indigenous traits.  Monday morning we experienced “Day of the Dead” ceremonies in a village outside of San Cristobal.  Most of the people at the church service didn’t even speak spanish…only the native tongue of their people.    Afterwards, the native people prepared a very special meal for us.  The picture above is me drinking the VERY native ‘atole’ and eating a bean mixture in a corn wrap.  (It looked like a tamale, but didn’t exactly taste like one!)

We’ve been quite privileged to have very accomplished and educated religious leaders, educators, anthropologists, and artists interact with us throughout the week.  I’ll write  a full post on the Day of the Dead soon…it is a MAJOR Holiday in Mexico and some of their practices are fascinating.

~ by Greg Lee on November 4, 2009.

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