Dust flew through the air, people ran everywhere, and the traffic is a mess of unorganized chaos. When my youth group and I first stepped outside the airport in Guadalajara, Mexico to begin our mission work, I saw cars going every which way and I realized that a car ride in Guadalajara was going to be pandemonium compared to what I was used to in the States. The driver weaved his way in and out of cars going whichever way he pleased. Far different from the stop sign and signaling rules that I was used to. The driving and navigating through the streets wasn’t the only difference though. Unlike in the United States we could no longer flush toilet paper and use the water from the sink when brushing our teeth. I missed these luxuries that I had taken for granted. The trip changed the way I look at the world.
Generosity in the United States is often given in the form of money, while in Mexico due to their poverty; they give up resources that supply their daily needs. One man named Luis, a father to five children lived in a two bedroom house that would be considered in the United States a shack. Instead of carpet, tile, or wood floors there was dirt. Luis learned that our group was looking for a place to hold Vacation Bible School in his area and offered up his house. However, there was one setback, the dust on the roads was flying everywhere and getting all over the place. He knew that this would make it difficult to play games with the children and teach the lesson. Luis and men in his neighborhood were working on a water system because the area had no running water, but it was not close to being finished. Since they didn’t have access to a working water system, they had to purchase the water by the bucket. Without any hesitation Luis spent two days worth of wages for a bucket full of water to pour on the dirt. He paid all that money for water, just to turn around and pour it on the ground so that the dust wouldn’t annoy everyone. His wife was just as kind. She made a snack for about fifty people because she wanted to do everything she could for them. They were grateful for what they had and they showed everyone what love is.
The world I visited was full of smiling people, doing their best to get buy with what they had, but serving others as well. What I had imagined the people of Mexico to be like was even better than I had expected. They welcomed us with open arms and a bright, joyful smile spread across their face. The people in Mexico didn’t care about their own selfish desires, but instead decided to meet the needs of others around them. The trip opened my eyes and made me start to look for ways that I can help people out in my own community.
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