For more than 15 years we’ve taken an annual trip to Mexico.
REFLECTIONS ON THE 2016 MEXICO MISSION TRIP
We asked participants in the 2016 Mission Trip to Explain the high point of the trip – what it meant to them. Here are their responses.
Once again I am reminded of God’s grace and goodness. I grew in my faith as I saw the joy people received by serving others. My highpoint was continuing to build a relationship with the guards, and to make a relationship with the family. Two things will last forever – God’s word and people – I want to invest my time in both.
The way everyone pitched in and helped. All the first time people willing to learn. The devotions can really fit the situation for the day.
How we served a family – they served us through food, gifts and blessings of thanks yous! Then we get served again by a beautiful beachfront, sunset and meal. What a blessing that Jopps did for us! Learned again, reminded again! How God is in control and can pull total stranger together to accomplish great things for Him.
Watching our children see what there is in the world and not just what there is in their little circle of life. Watching them grow and be helpful with things they may have never done before.
A high point for me was singing at night devotions. I always get the feeling of bringing everyone closer together to each other, and God. I learned that I should cherish things more in life, even if it’s the simple necessities.
The high point of my trip was disconnecting from life for a little bit. It allowed me to refocus and reset. It is easy to get into the routine or everyday life and forget what is really important. I have been reminded to focus on the love of God and everything else will fall into place.
The high point for me on this trip was how well everyone connected. Everyone worked well together. I learned that people feel the impact for years from just a couple days work by ordinary people doing the work of an extraordinary God.
Photos from the 2016 trip (more participant comments below the pics.)
My high point of this trip has been just getting to experience all of it. All the new people that I’ve met have made it so much fun.
The high point for me was taking the Spanish Bibles around the neighborhood and speaking Spanish with the families. It’s the kind of raw evangelism that for whatever reason is so difficult at home. I was again reminded that Jesus is NOT interested in our pursuit of the “American Dream” but He is instead interested in our hearts. All Glory To Him!
My high point of the trip was seeing the family as we did the blessings and handed over the keys to the house. I know Connie was truly grateful. It’s amazing that in just 3 days we all worked together to build a house. I learned that I can do things I never imagined I could do before, and I have more to give back in serving than I realized. I learned about the power of God as he used the body (all of us – many parts) to accomplish a huge task. This is an experience I will never forget.
I loved being able to look out into the ocean or the miles of desert and mountains and know that God made that and is always there. Even being disconnected from family, friends and life you aren’t alone because God is always with you. I learned that just a little work goes a long way and when you have a hammer on the roof you should keep a tight grip on it.
My high point of the trip was while pouring concrete on the second pad on the first day. Although everybody was already worn out from putting up the first pad and constructing the walls, everybody jumped in and worked as a team to complete the task. For many of us, this was the first time we had met, much less worked together, and the communication and respect that was shown between everybody in the group was spectacular. One of the things that I have brought back from this trip is the appreciation of the blessings that God has given us because even in a tent in the middle of the desert in Mexico, we still had more than enough to be thankful for.
My high point for the trip was the countless relationships formed over the days. With this being such a diverse group everyone seemed to find at least one other person that they clicked with. Also, I love coming back from there and knowing that in two and a half days we were able to change an entire family’s life for the better. Being down there I am constantly reminded of how much we have and take advantage of and going each year has changed my perspective of needs in a dramatic way. The way that the families give to us while we are building them a new home is inspiring.
My high point was the opportunity to give continued praise to God for His goodness to me. I was chosen to show His love for others through the project of service.
High point – spending a week with my dad. I grew in my faith! I’m currently on a journey to find out my plans for the future. I’ve run into doubt and confusion a lot on the way and ask why? A lot. This week was a great way to refocus my faith and realize God always has a plan and I think this trip is what I need for that. I learned you come as a big group of people to build a home for a family, but we leave as a big family ourselves.
High point: Seeing Connie and her family appreciate the blessing of a new home. You leading us in the words of Jesus. Don’t take yourself too seriously. The crew was a great set of workers. This is something they will never forget and hopefully always be active in the church working for Christ.
High point for me was the culmination of the week – I loved sitting at the beach and again next day on the bus just sitting and listening to the chatter and fellowship. To me, that sound was what “family” sounds like. I grew in faith by rediscovering the need to listen for God and allow the world’s distractions to sift to the background. I learned again the importance of fellowship and working together in the community of Christ – when we band together and lift each other up we accomplish far more and it allows God to take precedence for deeds done rather than self.