First of all, I’ve had lots of people tell me recently that they read my blog, so I want to say thanks to all of you! I’m glad people are getting inspired, because that’s pretty much the point.
Well, I’m back in the U.S. after a great Spring Break trip to the City of Children, Ensenada, Mexico. We had a great week, our team of high schoolers worked super hard and I’m so proud of them. We painted a school, poured concrete and went out with a local Baja Missions Church (Colonia 89) to do food relief.
During a food relief visit, we meet the family, listen to their prayer concerns, sing them a song in Spanish (usually God is so Good or This is the Day), and present them with a food bag. A food bag contains a bottle of oil, one bag of each: rice, beans, corn flour, white flour, salt, pasta, and a few packs of tomato paste and a can or two of tuna.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was a comment by one of the teens, at the bonfire devo one night, regarding the visits. She said that she’d heard some people say that mission trips take up a lot of money and it would be more effective to just send the money down so it could go farther. She said she was so encouraged by seeing the families receive from the group, and thank the group for giving up their Spring Break and leaving their families to be with those people. Money raised for mission might go a little farther when it is not spent on airfare and things like that, but at that point, it’s just humanitarian aid. We brought Christ and food into their homes.
Anyway, during the week, I got to spend some quality time with my good friend Amanda Howard, who is embarking on the World Race in July. As we talked and I saw her passion for the lost people of the world come out in her conversations with me, and with the teens on the team, I made a decision. My Compassion Funds for the months of April and May will go to Amanda, to help fund her trip. I’m REALLY excited about this, because the funds will be giving back for 11 months, as Amanda ministers in 11 different countries such as Bolivia, Peru, Vietnam and others.
To learn more about Amanda and the World Race, see her blog: http://amandahoward.theworldrace.org
And, don’t forget to check out www.project7.com