- Sophie &Friends
In my previous blog, I invited you to a very special Art Show featuring the work of the children of our local Mission in Mexico. The goal was to not only showcase the children's talents but also raise awareness and funds for the Punta de Mita Missions and Ministry. I'm here to report that the event was a smashing success, raising over 40,000 pesos (US$2,000!) for this small, but mighty church.
It was a spectacular afternoon that required weeks of preparation. Diana Dodson spearheaded the project and created such a buzz that folks were clamoring to be a part of it. The ladies in the community spent an entire afternoon baking, frosting, and decorating dozens of heart-shaped cookies.
Meanwhile, another group spent an entire day cleaning and organizing the Mission, so attendees could tour the facility. Others spent hours dealing with all the logistics of holding an Art Show in the middle of a busy town street.
The owners of UN PUEBLO, a unique shop created out of super cool storage containers, hosted the event. They graciously allowed our group to take over the front of their store and turn it into a pop-up festival. The art show consisted of a silent auction of over 37 paintings, 50 child-made keychains, donated items from local vendors, a lemonade stand, and of course, those above-mentioned cookies!
The children helped by running the lemonade stand and handing out cookies.
Every piece of art featured a photo of the young artist who created it. Many of the children were on hand to encourage the bidding on their pieces. This personal touch (and the fact that they are so darn cute) meant that every single painting sold.
The best part about the afternoon was the overwhelming sense of community. Locals and ex-pats mingled with visitors and friends. Everyone was able to share the feeling of family that makes Punta de Mita special. I know the people who came upon the show unexpectedly left feeling like they'd been touched by something magical.
The work that Pastor Saul and all of the volunteers do is so important to this town. It's impact is reflected in the children. They are excited and happy to come to the Mission. They arrive with their minds and hearts open. They want to learn and grow. You can see in their faces just how proud they were of their accomplishments that day. They knew their time and talents had aided in raising much needed funds for their beloved home-away-from-home.
Every time I look at our new art hanging on our wall in Mexico, I'll be reminded of that spirit which embodies the heart of this amazing town.
Please join me in supporting this vital organization.
You can do so through this link
(click the box that says "donate to a specific fund" and choose Punta de Mita Mission)
or by sending a check to:
Children of the Americas (COTA)
10924 Oro Vista Avenue
Sunland, CA 91040
Please note the check with either SG002 or PdMMM
A very special thanks to Pat Celaya for these photographs.