Going on a mission trip doesn’t seem like a great vacation, and in a sense it’s not, but it is definitely something everyone can benefit from. People take vacations to be surrounded by a different atmosphere than what they are used to in their day to day lives. They go to get away from their hectic schedules and the monotony their life has turned into. Going to
This past summer I went with a group of 7 students and adults to Tanguma, Mexico, a tiny rural town about 80 miles outside Monterrey. We stayed for a week with the Sanchez’s, our host family. Ruben Sanchez is the pastor of four churches. Veronica, his wife, works tirelessly to take care of their 4 children and 7 foster kids. We stayed and worked at Lugar de Gracia (which means place of grace), one of their churches on the property where they live.
When we first arrived we got to attend one of their church services. It was neat to experience since it was so different than what I am used to. Their church is only one room, without air conditioning. For music, the pastor played his iPod and people sang along with lyric packets that were passed out. They sang so passionately; it was amazing to see how they worshipped.
During the week, our team worked on various projects. We cleared away debris from around Ruben’s shed and sorted them into piles he could use later. Then we disassembled a wire chicken coop. Later in the week we took apart a little shed and cleaned the area it was in and mixed concrete to create a cobblestone walkway. We also dug a trench where we built a foundation for a cinder block fence that we later plastered and painted. It was hard work, especially in the heat, which reached over 120 degrees, but it was amazing helping out our host family.
A highlight of our trip was when after working everyday, before dinner, we would walk next door to the store (actually a family’s house made out of sticks and mud) and buy Joyas (a delicious type of Mexican fruit soda) or Cokes and sit on plastic lawn chairs outside the store sipping our cold beverages and talking. It was such a treat to swallow cold fruity sweetness after a long day of work and being in the heat.
I am glad I got to go to
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