Mexico 2019 Highlights
During Spring Break, 39 youth and adults headed to San Quintin, Mexico to serve, build, teach and love. Here are the highlights from a few of our team members...
Going to Mexico was such an amazing experience yet again. I had the opportunity to go to San Quintin two years ago as well as this year. Going back this year was a lot different than the first time I went for many reasons. I got to try so many things including teaching CPR and First Aid at some local middle schools and high schools.
I had so much fun doing CPR and First Aid training, especially at the middle school. It was fun to see the young students so engaged in what we were teaching them, even though to us it is so simple. They were all so kind and generous. Although the language barrier can be difficult, it is so entertaining to watch everyone communicate with hand gestures and sounds! The kids encouraged us to play basketball with them at lunch and even took some pictures with us!
Every aspect of this trip was amazing, but to me, my favourite part was going back to visit the family we built for two years ago. At the time the kids were four years old and two years old (now six and four). The four-year-old boy, Alan, was always very shy and he was too nervous and scared to come out of his room, so we didn’t get to see him. Ruby, the six-year-old, is the exact opposite! She was jumping up and down and waving to us as we got there, and she didn’t stop smiling the whole time. It is crazy to see how much they have grown as a family. They also had another baby boy and he was so sweet. It was so cool to see how much a family can grow thanks to how God worked through us to build them this home. They were still so gracious, always doing things for us, and so thankful, constantly thanking us for what we had done, all while still giving all the glory to God.
Rachel Berekoff - Gr.12
It was so special to see the family receive the house we built. I’m so glad they are able to now make it a home where they can be safe and where their family can grow. It was truly amazing how God brought us all together like that to change lives. I’m so glad that I was able to be apart of this amazing community of wonderful and supporting people.
Rachael Smith - Leader
During the time leading up to the trip I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I felt like I was supposed to go. While we were in Mexico, countless times every day I could just feel that God was with me in ways I hadn’t ever felt before. There were four main experiences I had that made the trip so memorable.
First, building a home for a random family in Mexico, and getting to see how much it will change their lives was something I will never forget. I had the opportunity of going to see the families from the trip two years ago, and even though I wasn’t on that trip It made me so happy to see the end result of what we were doing.
Second, I got closer to a bunch of people from the amazing group that went. It has always taken me a while to connect with people, but this trip brought everyone together in such a great way. When 40 people put their lives on hold and fly to another country so they can serve others for God, you kind of get to know each other.
Third, I had a few really powerful personal moments throughout the trip. As the week went on, I realized more and more that leaving all my worries in God’s hands makes it a lot easier to focus on what really matters. Also, I recognized how joyful all the kids were despite barely owning anything but a set of clothes. The neighbors who weren’t even getting a house came and worked with us on the build just because they wanted to help.
And fourth, I got Baptized!!!!! I had thought about it when I signed up for the trip, and then decided to go for it on the last day. I really felt like it was the right thing to do, and the next step for me in my faith. :)
I am extremely thankful to everyone who went on the trip, to everyone who helped me get to Mexico, to all the people in Mexico that helped us out, and to all the leaders who kept me in check ;) I am really glad that I decided to go, while I was there I wasn’t missing my normal life at all (besides people). It was one of the best experiences I have ever had, and I recommend it to anyone considering going the next time around. You won’t regret it.
Lincoln Hoel - Grade 10
Hello and blessings church family!
I’m Nathan Barg, and for those of you that don’t know me, I was one of the leaders who had the blessing to go down to Mexico to build a couple of houses over spring break. This was my third time making the trip down to San Quintin for a mission’s trip, once as a student and now twice as a leader, and I was just as blown away this time as I was the first time I was down there. As much as these trips were “the same” in the fact that we were going to build two houses for families in need and go into the schools to do a VBS, there’s always something different and new that gets revealed.
I can’t really write about what went on at the VBS or our team getting to teach first-aid in the high schools because I was focused on the house builds. Being a carpenter by trade, I didn’t have any problem with the idea of staying on site and leading the building, but I injured my back the first day and I had to take a step back from building for a day or two. As I got the chance to stand back a little bit, God opened up my eyes. I was able to see this amazing group of students and adult volunteers come together alongside the families, to work together to build these two houses. When preparing for the trip I was all ready to get to work and get these houses done, but when we got down there God opened up my eyes to the more important thing: We were helping to build a community. It seemed to me like the entire team just got that concept right away. If they weren’t building the houses themselves, they were helping the family to build or they were playing with the kids of the neighbourhood or they were building into each other. We may have gone down there as thirty-nine individuals, but we came back as a greater community in the body of Christ. Though it was sad to leave, we can rest easy knowing that God is with us the same here in Canada as He is down in Mexico and that the houses we had the opportunity to build are a testament to His goodness. We may have gone down to build two houses, but through the community and relationships that were made there, Jesus has made them into a couple of homes.
Thank you so much for all the prayers and support you have given us to go and build into the lives of others. God bless you and have a lovely day.
Nathan Barg - Leader