Mexico Impact Trip
Next Trip - Easter Break - April 9-19, 2020
This trip is a short-term impact trip based on serving with the local church in Mexico, while creating cross-cultural understanding through direct exposure to the Mexican culture. We are not just building a house in a developing nation. We also are going to understand the conditions of poverty through immersion.
We travel 2,990 km from Rosthern, Saskatchewan to Tijuana, Mexico. Starting out early in the morning from YFBC, the team starts our three day drive from Saskatchewan to Mexico. We arrive at our mission partner Amor Ministries in San Diego before heading into Tijuana. From this stop it is just a quick drive over the Mexican border to the community where a home will be built. That quick drive crosses an international border where the change in culture, language, driving technique, housing and store fronts is significant.
Once we arrive in Tijuana, we stay in a camp site of tents and bucket showers, dirt floors and a line of baños (outhouses).
Our impact team is made of YFBC staff, adult volunteers, and current Junior Summer Staff! You must be 15 years or older at the time of the trip and be committed to serving as a Volunteer or Junior Staff for a minimum of one week in the upcoming summer camp season. Our trip runs over the Easter holidays each year to accommodate school schedules.
We partner with Amor Ministries in San Diego, California. They have been building houses for Mexican families in need since 1980! Their mission is to respond to poverty in both a physical and spiritual way.
Most of these families are trying to survive on $250-500 per month. Most do not have hot water, electricity, indoor plumbing, or private transportation. They purchase their food daily from small shed like stores that are all over the neighbourhoods. They use public transportation to go to work, 6 days a week, 10 hours a day. Their houses can be poorly built shacks with no floor and a leaking roof.
That is why we are working with Amor Ministries, helping one family at a time. When a home is built, there is hope for the family. They do not have to worry about shelter. Their limited resources can go towards other necessities of life. Their children are better provided for.
True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant.
It clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry,
it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute,
it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded,
it has become all things to all people.
are you ready for Mexico?
Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help. -Isaiah 58:7