We returned last Friday from a week of volunteer service with a group from Arlington Presbyterian Church at Misíon Isaías 55 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Isaías 55 runs a school for Deaf children and does various kinds of outreach in the neighborhood of Aquiles Serdán. Aquiles Serdán is strategically located between the red light district and the city dump — a tough neighborhood in a tough city. (How tough? While we were away, the US State Department updated its travel advisory for the state of Tamaulipas to “Level 4: Do Not Travel”.)
And yet—and yet—God is plainly at work in Aquiles Serdán. 31 teenagers—teenagers—showed up for Vacation Bible School. Our volunteer pothole filling crew drew smiles and thanks from neighbors who not many years before regarded the mission with suspicion. The lives of Deaf kids are being transformed as they learn language and useful skills.
Or as Jesus said, “the poor have good news preached to them” (Matt. 11:5). There is light in this corner of Reynosa.