Wow… Mexico was incredible and so far the best week of my life! One thing that God kept pressing on my heart was the lesson of being fearless and to go forth and live a life fulfilled in Christ.
Throughout this adventure I felt immense love from my team members and not to mention the kids at the orphanage stole my heart! Even with the language barrier and not knowing each other for a long period of time we clicked like that! The love and excitement from those around me filled me with a spiritual high.
Many times along the planning stages and on the trip I saw God’s work. The fact that the trip was on my spring break was crazy and being a poor college student the idea of being able to afford this trip seemed so far gone…yet God strikes again, and I was able to fundraise enough money to go to Mexico.
Finally, the expressions of the children were works of God in itself. Every time these children saw us they were thrilled and loved to love on us. The moment I arrived at the orphanage it seemed as if I had a kid hugging me in seconds and I was being challenged for a game of tag. God also presented the opportunity for me to use my passion of photography to serve these children, by taking pictures of each kid. Needless to say, for these kids to have something to call their own was very rare. Taking that into consideration we gave each child the photo I took them; the kids lit up and I was reminded why I originally pursued photography.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
One of the best things was just seeing those kids again and playing with them and doing crafts again and just having a great time.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Friday, April 4, 2014
Now the details –
- Our meal was prepared by a different house group each day. They took pride in serving us a good meal and I think this helped their self-esteem. They were able to give back to the team and say thank you, by serving us.
- Although I did not have much time for personal devotions, I felt the Lord’s presence throughout the day. During our pre-trip discussions, we were reminded of how devastating it is for orphans – no family – in a culture where family is very important. During each encounter, I prayed that the child would know that he/she was a child of the living God and that Father God loves him. Sometimes I could even say it out loud!
- And of course the beach! Love the ocean!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
When I first walked by the Mexico mission trip table I felt a tug, like the Holy spirit was saying "Hey Mark, Go to Mexico and see the children". I was then pretty hooked on going. I am so glad I did!
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was homeless and you gave me shelter, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you visited me.Those children touched my heart, and doing more for others has a whole lot more meaning to me.
The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I was also encouraged by the workers at the orphanage. I was encouraged by the way they give and give and give some more. I was excited that God put these people in charge and that they accepted the calling to help with the children. I was encouraged by how the children love so purely. How they are just so full of joy. How is it that these kids can be so happy? They have been neglected by their parents, immediate family and even family friends. They have nothing, but at the same time they have everything... They have love.
Two final thoughts about my trip to Mexico:
- God is alive and well in Mexico!
- Kids (especially Hogar de Amor Orphans) have a lot of love to give!
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