You always here about crazy Senior year Spring Break trips to Cabo or the Bahamas but you don’t really hear all that much buzz about a trip to Reynosa, Mexico. But that is far from true because me and 60 of my classmates couldn’t stop talking about Mission Mexico. Mission Mexico was a mission trip including four of St. Louis’ Catholic High Schools, to Reynosa, Mexico, where we all spent a week building a house for a family. On April 4, 2010, we set out to McAllen, Texas, where we awaited Roland Ashby, head of Strategic Alliance, to take us across the border. We were working thorough Strategic Alliance and Roland as we actually couldn’t have done the trip without his help and dedication to helping the colonia of Reynosa. So we arrived and were immediately hit by the poverty even right across the border. We arrived at our Best Western Inn where we met up with all of the other high schools (about 200 of us all together) to prepare for the busy days ahead. When we woke up that Monday, I had no idea what to expect. I was just sitting back waiting or myself to have this awesome experience. We pulled up to the “house” for the family and were shocked at what they had. Their 5 by 5 house was in-comprehendible. Our new 12 by 20 foot house would be a very nice step up for them. So over the next 5 days we worked to build this house from the ground up that included 4 windows, a loft, a bed, some daily necessities, and so much more. The family included a mom and a dad, Juan, a 18 year old son, Diego, and a 9 year old little boy named Carlos. Carlos was easily the kid I got closest to. We spent hours on end kicking a soccer ball and playing with my camera. He really knew how to put a smile on anybody’s face. So on the last day, when we handed to keys to the family, I knew Carlos was going to rush up to that door and burst into his new house. He was so proud of it. He couldn’t stop thanking all of us, as was the family, and as we walked away for the last time, i was extremely sad to say goodbye. This trip was something I will never ever forget. Roland, my work partners, the family, the little kids, it was all indescribable. It is just something you have to experience for yourself. My trip to mexico changed my life in so many ways. Every time I don’t finish my food, I actually have someone to think about and am forced to eat what I have because I know Carlos is somewhere looking for his next meal. I came to realize how blessed I am and how good God is to me through my trip to Reynosa and I will always have a special place in my heart for Carlos and the rest of my trip.
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