From October 24th to November 18th, 2016, the Vivanco Family drove 5579 miles (8979 km) through 20 states--7 Mexican states and 13 in the US--crossing the border at Laredo, Texas.
The primary purpose of the trip was to participate in Wooddale Church's Worldwide Week (in Eden Prairie, Minnesota), a 9-day missions conference featuring global partners and organizations they support around the world. In addition to what you see in the photos below, we shared our faith story in all five weekend services.
While in Minnesota we enjoyed time with our wonderful host family, had a reunion with our friends from Northwood Church, and visited Mall of America and its Sea Life Aquarium. Oh, and we helped Caleb work on college applications (gulp!).
We also connected with friends along the way,
and spent time with Laura's sister Diane and family in Kentucky.
The new Ark Encounter in Kentucky (south of Cincinnatti) was amazing!!
From Kentucky we headed back to Texas, but not without first stopping at a place in Evansville, Indiana, where the kids just HAD to try a brain sandwich. (Don't ask...)
Back in Texas we attended the Annual Meeting of the Texas Baptists in Waco before returning to Mexico.
There were relatives and tamales waiting for us when we pulled up at home in Mexico, in celebration of our nephew Jehu's college graduation. What a way to end a road trip! Congratulations, Jehu!!
If you prayed for us during our travels, thank you! If you're still praying for us, fantastic! After those 3 1/2 whirlwind weeks on the road, we are back at work in Mexico City's metro area. We are blessed to have been able to make this trip and grateful to those who hosted us, fed us, told us they're praying for us...The list is long! You're the best!!