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Mexico and Jonah

Last week, I traveled to Pachuca, Mexico, with my wife and our Director of Literacy Missions to see about partnering with a church there to teach English as a Foreign Language and train them to use this tool to build bridges into their community for the sake of Christ.

On the way from the airport to the city, which was about 1.5 hours NE of Mexico City, our host Jonathan Baker with CAM Int'l, took us to see The Basilica of Guadalupe, which claimed to be "the most visited Catholic shrine in the world." It is built on the supposed site of the Lady of Guadalupe's apparition to Juan Diego, who convinced the Bishop through the image of the virgin on his cloak to build a temple to her and thus to unite Mexico under her care.

I noticed some interesting things about the places of worship. First, the Virgin is the focus of everything. In the earliest building, the encased image of the virgin is the center-piece of worship. The people in the picture are saying "Hail Marys&…