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Dear BNI,

Kalan In Mexico I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for the love, support, and prayers that I received for my trip to Mexico. I raised enough money to go and was so glad I did not pass up this opportunity. The trip would not have been possible without your help.

Going to Mexico was a trip that I will never forget. It was a great experience. Being in a different country where you can't speak fluently in their language is a little intimidating, but it was fun trying to learn.
Kalan and the kids\ There were these little kids I fell in love with while we were down there . Some friends and I would go down to the park that was a couple blocks from where we stayed and hung out . The first day we went, we were just messing around and playing when these 4 little kids came over and started doing cartwheels. I started doing some with them.
 When I got tired, I went and sat down and they followed me and we sat in a circle and started talking . We taught them English and they taught us Spanish.

It was so much fun to interact with the kids even though the language was a little bit of a barrier. We were on our way home and they followed us. The second day, we had been working and we came home to eat lunch. The kids had been walking around the neighborhood and saw us. The place we were staying had a big gate in front and on the bottom it was a solid wall. The kids came and crawled so we could not see them and started shouting out English phrases we had taught them the day before. "Hello" "Thank You"... It was so funny. Just being able to know they listened and learned was such an exciting feeling.

We worked in the morning and it was a lot of fun. We did cementing, painting, and we moved dirt. Churches and homes were mainly what we worked on. The last day of work was our hardest. We worked 6 hours straight in 90 degree weather. Knowing that we were helping a church kept us all going even when we wanted to quit.
People down there don't have much, but they are still happy and content. It's all they know and they seem very satisfied. We have so much and always a desire to have more. Family means everything to them. They make less than $10 a day and only work half day, but the rest of the day they spend with their family. This experience has made me very grateful for ALL that I have.
Thank you again for everything. I am thankful to have such wonderful friends and family.

Kalan Lannom