Hilliker Report May 2019

Hilliker Letter May 2019

Hello from the Hillikers,

 

We’ve finished language school!!

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Guanajuato learning to live in a new culture. But now we’re excited for the next phase of training and learning and the coming experiences God has for us with Mexican Medical. 

 

Here’s a snippet from our last month in Guanajuato. Thank you again for praying us through language school! Now…we get to practice using what we learned!

 

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries

Hilliker Report April 2019

Hilliker Letter April 2019

Greetings from Mexico,

 

Thank you, friends, for having walked with us through these months of language school. We are grateful for the lessons we have learned thus far, and those that are still to come. Serving with The Bridge church from Reno this past month in Northern Baja California was an encouragement and provided a good check for what we have been learning.  But even more important, we are eager for where God is leading and how He is shaping us for His plans. Thank you again.

  

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries

Hilliker Report March 2019

Hilliker Letter March 2019

Hello from the Hillikers,

 

Spring Greetings!

 

As one practices Spanish, funny (and at times, embarrassing) moments are bound to occur. Here is a fun anecdote from our adventures learning Spanish. 

 

When we first arrived in Guanajuato, Erin didn’t talk much outside of school or the house because speaking Spanish with new people felt daunting. And, getting the words out correctly sometimes seemed painful to the listeners. Recently, we were having coffee with a couple from our church, and he shared that when we first met, he thought Erin was possibly mute or didn’t have an ability to speak!! We thank the Lord for the improvements we’ve been able to make during our time here.

 

In the attached letter we mention an upcoming missions trip to Cabo. There is still some space available to join the team. The dates are June 7-14, 2019. We will be doing work projects at the clinic, diabetes information classes at night, and three medical outreaches. Volunteers with all abilities and skills are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and we can send an information sheet with more details.

 

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries

Hilliker Report February 2019

Hilliker Letter February 2019

Hello from the Hillikers,

February has been another month of firsts. First time leading crafts in a retirement home. First time for Erin to travel solo in Guanajuato (she attended a Ladies’ meeting at church).  For the first time we have also realized how soon our time studying here will be completed. Only two and a half months remaining! It certainly has been a fruitful time. You continue to be a valuable part of this learning process. Thank you for praying with us and stepping through this journey alongside us.

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries

 

Hilliker Report January 2019

Hilliker Letter January 2019

Hello from the Hillikers,

 

We hope you are looking forward to 2019. For us, this year will look quite different from 2018. In the attached letter, we share more about what’s coming in our new year.  Thank you for your continued prayers. Please know how valuable each of you are to us. Thank you!!

 

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries

Hilliker Report November 2018

Hilliker Letter November 2018

Hello from the Hillikers,

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday with time to enjoy family and friends, to eat good food, and most importantly, to give thanks. We can’t say enough how thankful we are for your encouragement, support, prayers, and your friendship! Thank you for continuing to “go” with us.

As December draws near, we are looking forward to time in the United States over the Christmas holiday. It’s hard to believe that the time is passing so quickly, and that our first leg of language school is almost complete. “El tiempo vuela cuando te diviertas!”

Please know how much we appreciate each of you. Thank you!!

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries

Hilliker Report October 2018

Hilliker Letter October 2018

Greetings from Guanajuato,

 

We hope this letter finds you well! Learning Spanish can be fun, yet challenging. We thought we would share a few nuggets from our learning for your fun, too! 

 

There are many words that sound very similar in Spanish and English, and in fact mean the same thing. These are called cognates. Some examples are words such as actor (actor), culture (cultura), and opinion (opinión). Easy, right? Until you start making cognates of words that have a totally different meaning. For example, arm is not arma, that means gun, deception is not decepción, that means disappointment, and sin is not sin, in Spanish it means without. Big differences! It’s been fun to laugh at our rookie mistakes.

 

We’re so grateful for grace and patience from our instructors and friends. We are grateful for each one of you as well! Thank you for your continued prayers.

 

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries

Hilliker Report September 2018

Hilliker Letter September 2018

Hello from the Hillikers,

 

It’s hard to believe we’ve already been in Guanajuato for three weeks! We have just completed our second week of language school, and it looks like we will continue with our current school, Colegio Adelita, for the next 12 weeks. We have been learning a lot and improving our language skills little by little each day. 

 

When we arrived, we were curious about the origin of the name of our new home. Guanajuato’s name is actually derived from a Purépecha indian word which means the mountainous place of frogs. We haven’t figured out exactly which of the mountains around us resemble frogs, but it makes for a good basis for an adventure!

 

Thank you for praying with us and for us. We continue to trust God as He directs our steps.

 

Wayne and Erin

Mexican Medical Ministries