Vancouver Team // Shared by Abby
From February 11–25 all the students got to go to either Mexico or Vancouver for our mission trip. It was our choice where we got to go and it was interesting to see where each student chose to go. I happened to choose Vancouver, and when we were in Vancouver we stayed at two different locations; New Beginnings and Potter’s Place. New Beginnings is a church in the downtown area with an outreach to First Nations families.
Our time at New Beginnings was the bookend to our trip.
While we were there we spent most of our evenings helping run children and youth programs at the church. This included pick up and drops offs seeing as most families do not have vehicles, food preparation and serving, and of course teaching and playing with the kids. During the days we got to do other projects such as moving, cleaning, and construction.
|The Vancouver team performing a drama during the church service|
Mexico Team // Shared by AmyIt’s almost been two weeks since returning from El Papaloté, Mexico, and I have enough stories to last a lifetime. I’d love to share a few of them with you, in hopes to glorify God and encourage you.
While partnering with Northern Light Ministries in Mexico, I had the opportunity to partake in three different types of ministry: work projects, outreach, and community care. Work projects filled up most of our time, and were a highlight for me as we were able to work with the Mexican Bible students, learning Spanish and building friendships. As a team, we laid a cement pad for a Pastor’s house, dug a (huge) hole for a septic tank, stained stairs, repaired sidewalks and prepped for a ramp. Needless to say we were satisfied and exhausted every night.
Outreach included working on behalf of NLM’s church to reach into the communities through children, youth and adult events. These events are especially exciting to me as I say God work in incredible ways. One highlight would be our children’s event in a neighbouring village where I met an entire family whose children were quite sick, and situation quite poor. I was able to cook them hotdogs (a meal the youngest didn’t even know what it was) and days later return with bags of rice and beans for them. What a blessing it was to then see them at church, hearing His Word and meeting all sorts of wonderful people. Our last type of ministry was community care: a trip to the nursery and a trip to the dump. Both situations pulled on my heartstrings and neither situations left me with much hope. At the nursery, we played with children who receive little attention and no toys all day long. To simply pick them up and hold them brought a huge smile to their face. The dump is home for many individuals who have no where else to turn and are just looking for their next meal. We gave them bags of rice and beans, as well as clean water and hotdogs. We prayed for them, and continue praying for them.
Mexico offered a new perspective on life which I had never seen and many things were difficult. Being an individual who loves words, the language barrier was one of these difficulties. When I met families like the one at the children’s event, I would have loved to be able to communicate with them the hope and love Jesus offers. To have so much to tell them and literally no words, proved to be one of my unexpected difficulties.
God did some amazing things around me in El Papalote. One of which was playing with the children who came to church. There were three girls and two boys who I was able to play with one of our very firsts nights there. Later we jokingly called them my gang because they stuck so close to me. I could barely wrap my tongue around their names and they were so loyal: where I went, they followed. It made me think of the Bible verse which calls us to have the “faith of a child.” God was really revealing to me how important and what a blessing it is to have such faith.
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