The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

the houses are just about finished, we're waiting on the windows to arrive. here is yaya and 5 of her 6 kids, (the other boy was playing in the river...). she was widowed a few years ago and has managed her family very well, all things being considered. this is a huge upgrade from the rented mud shack in which they were living.

i must add a second shot because when i arrived and told them we needed to take a picture the girls were in their lounging clothes and it took a good 20-30 minutes to get dresses on and hair done...


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