In 2019, ravaging wildfires in northwest Mexico destroyed and burned around 250 homes (including ones that Mission Discovery teams built) and burned through thousands of acres. The fires, visible from San Diego, caused significant damage in Tecate, Ensenada, and Tijuana, among many other surrounding areas.
Because so many people lost their homes, this atrocity is a call for our help. Mission Discovery teams are preparing to become part of the restoration process in Mexico. Because many of the Mexican families that lost their homes have low to zero resources, they will benefit greatly from our help. How can we help? We can plan to pursue mission trips. We can be a solution to the needs of others if we take the leap and serve God’s people.
Build A Home
Hebrews 6:10, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
It’s a sad panorama to view not only the theme of poverty in Mexico among its people, but it’s also devastating to know that many became homeless due to the wildfires that occurred last year. This reality positions mission trips in a state of urgency. The Mexican people have limited resources and are not assisted accordingly. Some houses are made of tin, old palettes, and any other material easily found. It’s shocking to see conditions in which many families are forced to endure even though family members work hard to provide housing, clothing, food, and primary needs.
It is up to us not to turn our eyes from this truth and become a part of the solution to build homes. Mission trips to Mexico are a blessing and the most humbling experience that you’ll ever encounter. Think about it. What is a home? It’s a safe haven, the place where one can roam freely. To build homes for families is to provide a basic need, a safe place, a sanctuary. It means security. To build a home is to serve, and to serve the needs of others breeds gratitude. To love is to serve.
“Mission work produces gratitude in the hearts of those who participate.”
Mission trips help you put life into perspective, and in this case, a mission trip to Mexico will influence a massive positive impact for the families that became homeless as a result of the wildfires that took place last year.
Prepare Children’s Bible School
Mark 16:15, ‘He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”’
We are called to share the good news of Jesus, and what better way than to do so through CBS, Children’s Bible Study. CBS is about Jesus and the good news of redemption and relationship with God. It’s to add a spiritual layer to a mission trip. Why? For people to not only see the love of God through service but also to introduce scriptures and spiritual teaching.
The word of God is active and living, and He has called us to not only serve others but to make disciples of the nations. We are called to supply the needs of others on a physical level and a spiritual level, and to host VBS is to contribute to the spiritual growth of others by teaching the word of God. The Word of God becomes a seed that grows in the hearts of those who hear it.
Worship in Chapel Every Night
Hebrews 13:15, “Through Jesus therefore, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”
Every mission trip includes study and worship together every night. Why? One reason is to teach the word of God. Another is to welcome God’s Spirit through worship because it opens the door to noticing His presence. Worship and praise is the aroma that reaches the heavens onto the throne of glory. It’s a symbol of sacrifice and an offering unto God, and it is the gateway to experiencing His divine and holy presence. Mission and worship go hand in hand and are the powerhouse that shifts journeys and transforms hearts.
“The mission is to provide aid to the physical and spiritual food for the soul.”