Thursday, March 29, 2007


I'd like you to meet some of my friends here in Mexico.

This is Isela, probably the best friend I've made since coming here. Her husband, Eli, is our Institute President. She has 2 boys just about my boys' ages: Ervin and Irving. She has been so patient with my halting Spanish and continues to teach and show me....I am learning so much from her. I've never met anyone with a more sacrificial spirit and positive attitude about serving God. Just last night, we cooked dinner and ate together - she gave me some wonderful advice about adjusting to life here in Mexico. Gracias, Isela...

Playing and singing together during an altar call in the Rio Bravo church

This is Janette, one of my friends here at the HIM church. She understands and speaks English well...she has been so kind to me since the first moment I arrived.

Sweet baby girl who stole my heart. Granddaughter of our pastor in Santa Apolonia.

This is Rosa, pastor's wife in Cuchicuato - and her daughter - helping me make pizzas in my kitchen.

Here is Refugia from the Rio Bravo Church. What a sweet spirit this lady has! She has befriended me since we first arrived in Texas a year and a half ago, making me special Mexican food and putting up with my poor Spanish.

Meet Macedonia, pastor's wife in Pedregales. She's a very quiet, but giving person...she shares what she has willingly and happily. She has made me feel very welcome in her home.

And here is Deborah, one of my tutors at the language school in Texas. What a happy person she always is....and what an immense help to me linguistically. She's from Morelia, a beautiful town just about 2 hours south of Salamanca. She's an educated girl in her early 20s. She challenged me to my limits in Spanish, correcting, reminding, encouraging me.....muchisimas gracias, Deborah!

And there are more.....Anna Correa, Xotchil (I think that's correct), Teresa, Lorena, Sylvia, Lupita, Yohanna, Edith, Esther, Pilar, Reyna, Marta, and more.....people that God has brought into my life, for reasons that He understands perfectly. I'm so thankful for my friends.


Anonymous said...

I loved seeing the photos of your new friends. Now I can put faces with names. Janette is an absolutely beautiful girl and the baby so adorable. Hopefully, we will be able to meet some of them when we visit. Can't wait!

Sherry Dickinson said...

Dear Sankey family,
I have been wanting so much to see where you are and what you are doing, as missionaries. I am happy I found your Blog Site-on Rex/Missy McDowell's Blog Site. Your boys are gorgeous, as are their parents. My heart is touched that you heard God's call-and answered willingly. God bless all of you real good. Sherry Dickinson

Vonnie said...

It is great seeing pictures of your friends. Very interesting. I can't wait to meet them all. And that baby.... you know I NEED her, or at least I need to hold her!! Vonnie

Chris & Esther Hilling said...

Marc & Melody,

Blessings on you as you minister in Mexico. It's great to see the pictures of your family and friends. Also, thanks for the faithful email updates and posts to the Missions yahoo group! We are looking forward to seeing you all this summer at the Great Lakes Camp mission service!

~Heather~ said...

Enjoyed seeing pics of your friends, THEY LOOK SIMILIAR TO OUR FRIENDS HERE! SMILE! It is so fun to read your blog, for I feel like I'm there with you: the food, the culture, the language, the changes, etc. Thanks bunches for signing my blog. It was fun reading your comments.

Rex and Missy McDowell said...

You have some great pictures! It makes your ministry seem so much more personal. My wife and I had an opportunity to ride from Mexico City to Salamanca with Janette's husband, and then to visit with the two of them in Salamanca. Please tell them that we said hi, and that we had a baby boy. I don't know if they would have internet access and could see a picture of him or not. We are praying for you guys. Keep up the good blogging.

Gayle said...

Dear Sankey Family,
Michele has told me so much about your work in mexico. Now I can keep up with on your blog. We will be praying for you all.Thanks so much for visiting my blog.
Gayle Eisenhart

Myranda said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!

Like Tamra said - now we know who you are talking about!

Love you!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Melodie! I so enjoyed reading your blog tonight! I loved seeing your house - it's beautiful and seeing your friends too! You guys all look great - nice and tan too! (smiles!) Jordan is totally looking like a teenager! Wow!
Hope you are well. We pray for you and think of you guys often.
Love ~ Stephanie Phillips