Our team served at an Orphanage in Vicente Guerrero called Foundation For His Ministry, with a group of 16 others from the Lower Mainland and Alberta. Together we bordered a charter bus, met lots of new people and our team grew from 10 to 26.
Last year we went on this trip and it was an amazing and unique opportunity for our youth to serve in Mexico alongside others their age and adults alike. Each member, no matter their age, immediately became an important and needed part of the team. I was able to witness our youth step up and really take on the responsibility of being a part of a team and doing it to glorify God.
Many ask why we drive 3 1/2 long days instead of flying. Simply because there is nothing that can truly replace the bonding, testing of patience, and learning to love through the tiredness like road tripping.
On this trip we were blessed from the moment we got on the bus. We blew a tire only hours into the trip, but as God would have it we did so right at an exit where there was a tire shop for truckers. During this stop we had lunch and met this awesome man named Jack. He shared his excitement for our trip and commitment to serving us young people. He prayed for us, we prayed for him, and the Lord got us back on the road before we even finished our lunch.
There are no plans or itinerary we can set to match what God intends to happen. We cannot manufacture these things. There was such a beauty in how quickly our team of 16 youth and 10 adults came together. From our 5am wake-ups and efficiency getting on the road by 6am every morning; to the wise beverage and food consumption each person put forth to allow minimal stops and smooth travel. It is these little things of growth and maturity in which has been so cool to see happening right in front of your eyes. Even our border stops were going off flawlessly.
- A community daycare for farm workers and those alike who would otherwise have children at home all day because they cannot afford school.
- A bus that picks up those who have disabilities and would not get proper care or education in the public school system.
- A fruit and macadamia nut orchard which helps a lot in the funding of the mission.
- A 100+ children's orphanage that is broken down into 7 seven houses.
- They each have amazing, dedicated married couples and single woman/widows who commit to at least three years to run these houses.
- Community outreach kitchen and programs.
- At least 6 outreach workers who go out into the community 2 to 3 times a week to focus on a local community and build relationships with the kids and families.
- They are connected to a ministry which rehabilitates and serves those who have struggled with addiction and criminal pasts. Those who are ministered to commit to a year in a bible based, Jesus centered rehab.
Throughout this trip we spoke to the youth about our God given purpose and the uniqueness which He has created each. This message was emphasized before we went, during travel, while in Mexico and even on our return.
On our way home our accommodations were in limbo as the date of arrival got mixed up. So we went to the mall to kill some time hoping it would still work and to look at an alternate plan. With no progress yet, we decided to head out for dinner. As we left the mall we met a local youth pastor. He responded to the prompting of the spirit to introduce himself to our group and pray for us. Little did he or us know that this connection would go further. The end result was, he met us, welcomed us in, and even took the night to be with us. It was an amazing and beautiful thing to witness as a team. It was a simple act of saying hello.
Our time was short with Pastor David Cruz and The Father's House Church, but the connection was real and amazing. God went before us, prepared for us and intervened for us.
We are thankful for the continued prayers and support, the sacrifice of families letting their young people go for a couple weeks, and the many adults who had to take two weeks off of work.
Please keep praying for our young people. Keep challenging and trusting our young people. Keep praying for Mexico. Keep praying for their young and lost generations. We went down to serve and love them, but I would say with confidence that they brought us more life and teaching through their joy and love for Jesus Christ and the love that He gives them.
Parkside Church Youth Director