unnamed (1)By Jeff Schlieder

We embarked last Sunday with a team of 12 missionary volunteers and spent our week building three homes, blessing and encouraging a local orphanage named Ninos con Fe, ministering to the least, last, and lost who mine the local dump for recycling in order to live and put food on the table, and all the while participating in blessed Christian fellowship amongst ourselves, the staff and interns at MCM, and the national believers of Mexico.

Our partners, Mexico Caravan Ministries, go far beyond being a house-building ministry, that is merely one’s foot in the door (pun intended). Their overall goal is to mobilize Christ followers for mission while also engaging students in daily times of worship, teaching, and exhortation to take the commands of Christ seriously in evangelizing all the world and seeing His name exalted amongst the nations. Therefore, we spent the week learning what it was to serve like Christ and what it means to be sent by Christ.

I believe our group was a bright testimony amongst the 30+ groups that shared residence in the dorms with us. Everyday we were the first downstairs for devotions, engaged in much deep and spiritual conversation which caused student passerby from other groups to engage. The students consistently went above and beyond in serving and assisting the MCM interns with their chores and preparations.

We celebrated two birthdays over the course of the week,  organized a full band set of worship for the Thursday morning gathering which included musicians from multiple church bodies, and had great conversation with Mexican believers in the best Spanish we could muster!

Those returning are eager more than ever to take seriously the commands of Christ, to love and obey Him, and to live a life that is different, from the world…

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children.

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