This past spring SunRidge Student Ministries loaded up into the church van and headed down to Mexico to work with Amor Ministries in a house building project! It was an amazing adventure! Read more below for a glimpse into our trip...
We departed from Sunridge! We made it to Washington for lunch and had Subway at a weird grocery store. We continued to drive through the night!
We hit some bad winds at 3:30AM and decided to pull over at a rest stop. We all slept soundly for 3 hours and then hit the road after a quick reenforcing of the roof rack after the crazy winds! A full day of driving commenced until we arrived at North Coast Church in LA at about 830PM! We also obviously made stops at every in n out burger we could! The church was so awesome and we set up our beds in the youth building and hit the hay!...eventually.
We woke up and cleaned up the youth building and had a wonderful breakfast that some students from North Coast made for us! It was wonderful! After attending the service, we grabbed lunch at...In n out burger! We then headed to the Amor office and crossed into Mexico. We got to the campsite and set up our tents and got everything ready for the week ahead. We had a wonderful dinner that was made for us by some ladies from La Cocina which is the food program that Amor has set up with local churches from the community!
CONCRETE. Lots of it! We had a great breakfast at camp, did some devos and then drove to the site and met the family and began working on pouring the slab for the the house! It wasn't too hot on the first day which was perfect because cement day is a tough day! After a long day, with the slab now poured we headed back to camp. Cold showers, great food, and wonderful times around the campfire!
FRAMING. Nails, nails and more nails! It was all hands on deck as we cut lumber for walls and nailed everything together! It was a hot day! Amazingly, just up the road we discovered a small store that sold...Coca Cola in the glass bottles! What a refreshing wonderful experience! It became a daily stop at the end of every work day. With all of the walls framed and put in place, we called it a day.
MORE FRAMING AND EXTERIOR WORK. We got the roof on the house and wrapped the house in bailing wire which is the foundation for supporting the two layers of stucco that would eventually get put on the walls. Everyone was working very hard and it was on this day that Thomas successfully fell asleep standing up! We were also beginning to make lots of friends in the community along with a couple of puppies that we decided to name after different condiments.
EXTERIOR WORK AND FIRST COAT OF STUCCO. We then had to wrap the house in paper and then stretch chicken wire over it. Once that was done, it was time for stucco! It was all hands on deck to get it on. We also saw a snake! It was really big and the family was very quick to kill it. COOL! We worked with a wonderful Amor staff last year named Louis and it was on this day that he came back and helped us with the house! More Coca Cola was inhaled and we went back to camp.
FINAL STUCCO AND CLEAN UP! It was the last day we had to work on the house and we started off the morning by heading to Wal-mart and buying a broom, a welcome mat, some toys and a soccer ball for the family. We got to the house and worked hard on the stucco! The family then made us a wonderful chicken and rice meal. It was SO GOOD! It was also very touching as the meal cost them their whole weeks worth of wages. With the house finished, we had one last Coca-Cola, a very beautiful dedication and farewell with the family. We drove back to camp for the last time.
We woke up early and began taking down the campsite! We had breakfast one last time with La Cocina and then put the finishing touches on packing up and headed for the border. The crossing went so smoothly and so quickly that we grabbed in n out and headed to Coronado beach in San Diego! We had a ton of fun playing in the ocean and relaxing in the sand. We then headed back to North Coast Church. We attended the evening service and set up our beds once again in the youth building. Corey and Josh got some nice sunburns.
In the morning the youth pastor at North Coast, Chris, took us all out to a wonderful diner for breakfast! It was so good and Chris was so kind to us. We then loaded up and dropped Alecia off at the Los Angeles Airport because she had to get back for work and school. After that, we went to six flags amusement park! Despite the long lines, everyone had an awesome time and Erin even did the drop of doom! We had one last in n out burger and drove through the night heading north on the I-5. We were now homeward bound.
We arrived at the YWAM base in Salem Oregon at about 4pm and enjoyed some hot showers and a time of communion together. We also watched a little bit of Iron Man 3, but we all fell asleep.
The final leg of the journey. We loaded up and hit the road at a great time! But because there were a lot of weak bladders on board, we had lots of stops and enjoyed the slow ride home! The final border crossing was a breeze and 5,400 kilometres later, we arrived safely back at Sunridge! A trip well done!
Thank you so much to everyone who supported us through generous donations, giving of your time and prayer! It was an amazing trip, we were blessed with smooth travels and challenged to love Jesus, love people and live mission! We love you SunRidge!
Student Ministries Youth Pastor