Here is the second report from my wife Liza, one of the team leaders on Regent Christian Academy’s mission trip to Mexico during spring break:
Tuesday: Day #3 in Mexico: Raise the Roof!
After a great breakfast we loaded up the bus and headed to our build site. Today was roof day. With all hands on deck we lifted the roof panels up and on the house. It took a lot of man power. But we all felt great accomplishment as the last panel was put into place. Earlier in the morning the team was told about a women’s shelter that was in the area and a delegation was sent out to see if there was anything we could do to help them. They told us a few needs that they had, so a few of the ladies went to the store to get them a few items that they were in need of.
Meanwhile back on the house build the team worked hard in the heat on the roof and put walls up to divide the home into rooms. It was a hard day for a lot of the team not just with the building physically and emotionally. After a full day of building our fearless leader took the team out for ice cream. I don’t think the ice cream shop gets 28 people in at once. But the lovely lady did a fine job filling all our orders. After another amazing meal of tamales as a team we headed into a time of worship. During this time God showed up. As happens when you spend a lot of time with the same people over many days things can rise up. But God seemed to be working on the hearts of many of the team and a great time of repentance and forgiveness happened. It was a very humbling experience to watch relationships be restored and forgiveness flow. After such an emotional time for the team, it was time for bed.
Wednesday: Day #4: Another hot day in Mexico:
Today the team was split up into 2 teams. Part of the team went to the build site to finish off the roof, put in windows and make some beds. Another small group headed over to Elia’s to bake bread. Elia is an amazing woman here in Mexico working in her community. RCA mission teams have been working and connected with her over the years. She has such an amazing heart for the lost. Every Wednesday Elia runs a VBS in the afternoon and bakes bread for all the kids that come. So we were able to be a part of the bread baking. After a couple of hours the small group headed to the store to get a few supplies needed for our house dedication. Meanwhile the team at the house build was busy working on the house.
Around 12:30 we all headed to IDT for some lunch and to get cleaned up. At around 3 we headed to Elia’s to be a part of the VBS. Elia spoke to the kids on the fruit of the spirit, and prayed for about 10 kids to accept Jesus. After, she invited our team up to say a few things and the team decided to sing a few songs with the kids. The team at first were being a bit shy but in the end pulled off 2 Spanish songs and sang 1 English song. After we took the kids outside where we did some face painting, balloon animals, hair ministry – where several of the girls combed and braided the little girls hair. The team just played and had fun with all the kids. We ended our time with the kids with a big minion piñata. I think everyone enjoyed that. After a short time of praying for a few sick people we loaded up the bus with a few extra passengers and back to IDT for dinner. Ella and her family joined us.
Dinner and dessert was amazing. The food here is incredible! After dinner we went right into worship and then Elia shared her testimony. She has such an amazing story of how God brought her to where she is. Our evening times have been amazing connecting times with those on the team and also God. After our God time many of the team hung out talking & playing basketball. And then off to bed to get rest for the next day.
Watch back for another report as their adventure continues…
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.“ (Matthew 28:18-20).