After months of planning, promoting, sending emails, meeting with our team, getting passports and other documents, checking over the packing list and praying about this adventure, our trip to Mexico was a success.
I guess I say success because we traveled to and from Mexico and all fourteen made it back safely! (The only hiccup in the trip was a long layover in Las Vegas that had us rolling into the church parking lot at 4:30 am)
I say success because we built the home on schedule…and it was still standing when we left!
I say success because we truly felt like we made a small contribution to the big work that 1MISSION is doing in that area of Mexico.
I say success because we were able to work alongside the young couple that would be living in the house we built – Miguel and Deysi. For some of us on the trip, this couple is close in age to our own children. For one of the students on the trip, she made the connection that Miguel and Deysi are the same age as her sister and brother-in-law. She said she didn’t really understand what it meant to serve a brother and sister in Christ until this trip. That’s too cool!
I say success because the trip changed us. Our eyes were opened to what it looks like to live in a place other than Ohio. For most of our group, this was the first trip out of the United States. None of us had been to this part of Mexico. So, to see what life is like for the people of Rocky Point, it offered us a different perspective. While life isn’t perfect anywhere, we gained an appreciation for where we live. While the house we were built isn’t extravagant by any means compared to what we see in the US, it stood out among some of the other housing we saw. 1MISSION seeks to create community by giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community. We were humbled to be a small part of that process.
We had a great experience in Mexico and are grateful to all those who supported us and made the trip possible.
We put together a short recap video of our time with 1MISSION. You can check it out and see what happened during our time in Mexico.