Yesterday was a hectic morning, trying to get our act together to leave the Posada and head back to the USA and so there was little time to blog. Watch over the next few days and many participants will be adding their reflections of the total experience.
Friday was an emotional day. Some of the crew left early to continue making blocks at Norma's house while the rest of us headed to Ofilia's house to build the walls. Shortly after noon we finished building the walls on the house and were ready to celebrate with the family that with in a month, Ofilia's family will move in.
The family set up a long board, set chairs around it, and we had the first meal in the 'new house', although there was no roof.
On arrival I hoped out of the bus and Luz came out, thinner and with shorter hair. We both broke out into tears when we saw each other. A tight hug communicated all that needed to be said. After a few short private moments, the rest of the crew came into the house we built and Luz explained her situation and that she needs another operation, but is not strong enough now. She is very aware that each day is a delay the allows more cancer to grow. She told us she doesn't want to die, but if God calls her home she is ready. All of us where overwhelmed by her strong faith.
I asked if she wanted the 'sacrament of the sick' and with out hesitation she said yes. Not having any oil I asked if she had cooking oil, and a bottle of olive oil appeared. I blessed the oil, and began the sacrament. We all laid hands on her in silence..but tears were in everyone's eyes. I could barely get through the ritual. At the end of the ritual and the "Our Father" was said in both English and Spanish.
Tears were flowing during the prayer. Somehow we collected ourselves, said our goodbyes and headed to the border to experience the 'WALL" as an Mexican experiences it.
At the wall there was much silence.
There are many protests to the wall written on it. Eduardo reminded us that the wall is not Mexico's biggest problem, but helping build an economy where people will want to stay in Mexico is. It is always a place of mixed emotions, as a citizen of the USA, we understand the need for secure boarders, but we also know of the longings of the Mexican people to give their children the best life possible. As Eduardo keeps saying, the border is a complicated issue, with no simple solution.
After the time of contemplation of the border a few brave souls joined hands, and threw themselves into the Pacific Ocean at the beach that is at the border.
After the sadness and solemness that we experienced laughter was needed. Once in it was hard to take get them out. The bus ride was full of dancing and fun. We relaxed at the Posada, walked into town for some ice cream, and enjoyed our last night with Esperanza.
With that the 2013 Builders of Hope Experience ended, but hearts, minds and souls were full.