During Spring Break, 2016, our high school students and adults have an opportunity to travel to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and help build a home for a family in need through 1MISSION, a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community. Recently I posted some information about the trip and wanted to follow that up some further details.
An information packet is available, which breaks down the anticipated cost of the trip and gives information regarding our schedule, housing, travel, etc. While the packet won’t answer every question, it will provide the basic information for those interested in the trip.
One of the big concerns about traveling to Mexico is safety. While there are some dangerous areas in Mexico and you should always be aware when traveling out of the country, the area where we will be traveling is safe for travel. 1MISSION has hosted numerous groups and recently hosted 400 students who built 13 homes for families. Also, 1MISSION just celebrated their 400th home being built! They have a lot of experience in the area where we will travel and will provide us with good information so we are safe.
Another concern with a mission trip is cost. Flights out of the country are not cheap and we are doing our best to keep costs as minimal as possible. Currently, the estimated cost of the trip is $1200. For our WCC students and adults, a portion of the trip will be underwritten by a generous gift given toward missions. At least $300 will be available for each WCC student and adult who wants to go on the trip. Also, we have fundraisers planned to help defray the cost.
We will have an Informational Meeting on Sunday, November 22, immediately following our morning services. Anyone who is interested in hearing more about the trip or asking specific question is invited to attend.
We do have a deadline set for the trip. In order to make plans and secure air travel and other details, we are asking participants to make a $50 deposit by Sunday, Dec. 13. That will help us know how many are committed to the trip and we can move ahead with details.
Below is a brief video that shows what a house build looks like. More information on the trip can be found on the 1MISSION website. They have a link that provides responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding serving in Mexico.