Last night the Rio Bravo team, their wives, and one baby got together at the Longhorn Steakhouse with Ray and Tanya McDaniels. About a month ago, 27 men went to their mission in Mexico and helped construct an educational center for the deaf. The mission trip was successful from any angle you observed it. Last night, we all realized just how deeply God had forged the bond between us and this young couple.
The McDaniels are expecting their first baby after 13 years of marriage. They are delirious with excitement. We had the pleasure to bless them with a monetary gift to purchase Christmas presents for the deaf children at the school, and to give the parents-to-be a Dillard's gift card. They will be able to cross the border into McAllen, Texas and do some shopping for their little girl who is on the way.
During the evening, Ray shared a couple of hilarious adventures while doing missions in Mexico; the tapestry of God's work uses a lot of different fabric! We also talked about another trip south of the border next fall; I believe a room full of wives were thinking about joining the adventure! To all of us, it is very obvious that God's hand is all over His obscure workers in a an out-of-the-way place.