We are packing up, loading up, and coming home.
I have been looking forward to being able to write to all of you to try to communicate some of my excitement about how pleased I am with how this trip and this team turned out. Our students were pushed relationally, spiritually, and emotionally for the past 9 days and no matter how exhausted they were, they woke up each morning willing to look to the Lord to refocus them, refresh them, and step out once again to pursue the mission.
This year, as you might have picked up from the posts our students wrote throughout the week, was different than all our other Mexico trips. A vision the Lord gave me since my first trip here 6 years ago came to life as our students were partnered with students their own age from a church here in Cancun to serve together, worship together, become friends, and share their love for the Lord. The results were amazing. Our students were able to minister through work projects like they have in the past and do outreach ministry like they have in the past, but also minister relationally to those that live here and will carry on the ministry after we leave. They were able to encourage many of their new friends in their faith. One student from the Mexican team, Eric, gave his life to Christ through our ministry. And as a result of their week with us, this team of Mexican teenagers are going to start a youth group at their church so they can continue to pursue the Lord together, even after we leave.
We say in our training for this trip that, “We are not coming to Mexico to bring Jesus to the Mexicans. The truth is, He is already there.” This was so very apparent this year as our students got to see the Lord ministering in and through Mexican teenagers in powerful ways on the worksite, in outreach ministry, and in such personal ways.
Thank you all for your support, prayers, and encouragement. We love getting the chance to minister in this way and we couldn’t have done it without you.
See you soon!