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Oaxaca Med Team :: Fruit of the Loom(s)

Next door to the church in San Baltazar is a family that has a textile manufacturing business, they make knit ware on the loom, from wool, cotton, silk and other assorted materials.  The father, Julian, has been a big help in the past as was part of the team of locals that helped build the church over the years.

Doug, Noemi, Elizabeth and Brian in front of the church in San Baltazar in February 2012

Doug got to know Julian during their time of working together while building the church.  Doug took a photo of himself and Julian that found its way back to Julian, via Dave, and now hangs proudly in the house of Julian.  Talking with Jaime, Julian’s son, he said his dad still talks about Doug and his experience helping build the church.Jaime and Dave, who is holding the photo of Doug & Julian

Dave shares…As I walked in the door, I saw it.  A picture I have seen a million times on my computer.  It is one I have used on the Adventures in Life Ministry web site.  It was a picture of my friend Doug and the new friend he made in Oaxaca, Julian, Jaime’s dad.

 Everyone in the family remembered Doug and the day that photo was taken.  I listened as they shared about their dad helping us build the church next door and his work with us alongside Doug in Tlacolula. 
This relationship building is what many missions forget to do.  Too often missions groups are in such a rush to “share Jesus” they forget this.  If Doug hadn’t taken the time to get to know Julian, and his family, we wouldn’t  have been invited to come over and see what they were creating on the looms…
Having come from a YoungLife background, where I first met Jesus as my Lord and Savior, you will hear over and over again that “you need to earn the right to be heard!”
Meaning, after you have earned their respect and built a relationship of trust with them, then they will be more open to listening about your life in Christ and what Jesus has to offer them (eternal Life).  Because they will want to hear, because they know you care!
Yesterdays adventure into the loom and textile world next door was made possible by Doug Fog taking the time to get to know Julian years ago.  We were literally harvesting the “fruit of the loom.”  🙂
You can read Dave’s blog HERE
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2 responses

  1. threadofthoughts

    I love how truly captured the beauty of the culture. Outstanding work!

    March 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    • brotherjoe

      thank you. it a real honor to be here photographing in Oaxaca! blessings, joe

      March 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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