Milagro!

Traveling from Pomona, CA with a car loaded to the gills with clothing, household goods, two dogs plus Doug and myself was long and oh so very interesting!  We were fortunate to visit with my brother, David, and sister-in-love, Evelyn, in Mesa, AZ.  Evie cooked an old family favorite for us, Sopa de Fideo (comfort food!)  Thank you Evelyn!

El Paso, Del Rio and Laredo, TX (Texas is HUGE!) then the border crossing,

Before crossing into Mexico, Ozzie somehow managed to eat all his – and Minnie´s- “Greenie” treats in one stretch of the drive. How he managed to do this without our noticing and without destroying their bag remains a mystery.

which turned out to be quite easy and relatively quick (2+ hrs to get paperwork completed—car and visas.)  We loved the scenery and the blooming plants provided color and fodder for our imaginations (purple sage subject for later entry.)  The roads were good in Mexico (we mainly used toll roads) and traffic was light.  Having been advised by EVERYONE not to drive at night, we opted to spend the night in Matehuala at a wonderful resort called Las Palmas.  We plan on taking visitors to this great place where Brad Pitt!!!! stayed while making the movieThe Mexican.  After a leisurely breakfast we departed for San Luis Potosi!

Welcomed by caretaker Alma and her son, Gustavo (Gus, pronounced  “Goose”) we unloaded the car, let the dogs run and began unpacking.  Gus accompanied us to the Walmart nearest us, which turned out to be not a Walmart, but a Mexican store Bodega Aurrera where we proceeded to buy lamps, cleaning and laundry supplies, dog food, drinking water, etc. etc. etc.  With the trunk filled and half of the back seat, we started the car.  Click.  Okay, we TRIED to start the car.  A kind stranger found battery cables and a car capable of giving us a start, and we were once again on our way.  Gus asked if we wanted to go through the village/suburb  where we live to get familiarized with it, and we agreed.

While driving through the business district, the car died again. Kaput!  Doug pulled over into an available parking space and we pondered what to do.  Just at that moment, Gus cried out “Mi Papa!!” as a man on a motorcycle drove by.  He jumped out of the car and whistled for his Dad, who is a mechanic!  The battery was deader than a doornail.  Finally Joel (pronounced “ho el”) took the battery out of their van in order to get our Corolla back to the house.  He was able to get us a new battery the next day.

Two thousand miles driven on a battery that was near death!  And it died just as the person most capable of helping us randomly drove past!  If Doug and I did not already know that God had called us to this place, the timing of the failure of the battery and Joel’s ready assistance would have made us sure of our call.Truly a miracle (MILAGRO!)  We took Alma, Joel, Gus(12), Zabde(8), and Elias (5) to dinner on us.  What a first night!  God is Good!   All the time!

About erasingborders

The blog title harks back to an ancient Church history document, The Address to the Emperor Diognetus reporting on the lives of third century Christians in Asia Minor: “They live in their native lands but like foreigners…They take part in everything like citizens and endure everything like aliens. Every foreign country is their native land and every native land a foreign country…. They remain on earth but they are citizens of heaven.” Kate Moyer's wedding present to Doug Smith of a dancing jester figure bore the quote, “I like geography best, he said, because your mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.” They dedicate this blog then to helping bring about the day when human beings share the resources of the planet equitably and without borders. Our geography experience features childhoods in the Midwest. Kate lived for over twenty years as an adult in the small town of Neodesha, Kansas while Doug has been an urban dweller all his adult life. She is able to readily identify most crops and keeps a close watch on her partner’s snob tendencies. The Nile Valley of Egypt, for Kate, and the Congo rainforest for Doug have left deep marks on their interior landscapes.

Posted on October 24, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. This is going to be great, getting updates on your new venture. Keep watching for Milagros.

  2. Hey Kate! I’m so happy that you and Doug have arrived safely, and that God and the people of San Luis Potosi are taking such good care of you

  3. Can you take me to Las Palmas?!?!? 😉 I’m glad you both made it safely to your destination! I hope that when I get to Chiapas in Mexico, I will get to see you two. You better buy a new battery! 🙂 God is definitely with you guys.

  4. Renee J. Painter

    Doug and Kate… Sounds like you made it. God is really good! Getting adjusted may take some time so when you can maybe update… I know I’ll be looking forward to the updates. BTW: After you crossed into Mexico, how many hours of driving did it take you to arrive and what towns along the way did you stop over? Did you feel safe or were there concerns? It’s been years since I traveled in Mexico. My last trip was to the Baja (San Felipe, BC Norte). God bless and protect your mission.

  5. Kate, I read your email to Rhonda last week and she was sooo happy to hear from you.  She wishes you well and continues to pray for you.   Sincerely, Carol (her friend)

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