Hola from the RVCC Mexico Missions Trip 2016 Team. Let me just start off by saying that one of the things that I love the most about these missions trips is that there is literally always something to do. There is never a boring day, and the plans that you have when you get up in the morning are always subject to change. Today, we traveled to Colonet, a small town about 25 miles south of San Vicente, and attended a church service at the church up there, and did a community hot dog feed. There were lots and lots of people there, and it was great to see old friends from previous years, as well as make new ones. There was one tale in particular that the rest of the team wanted to retold on the blog. About 5 years ago, John Leskajan ( one of our team members) installed a teeter-totter up at the church in Colonet. The unique thing about this teeter-totter is that the seats are made from shovel heads. Some of the team members, including me, took our turns riding on it. Thankfully, we were able to capture this priceless moment on video. At the beginning of the trip, I talk to three different people, and ask them three different questions concerning the trip, and post their responses on the blog. This year, I asked Mackenzie, Butch, and Brianna these questions:
What do you think of the trip so far ?
What are you hoping to get out of this trip ?
Where did you feel like you served the greatest need today ?
Bri said that "so far this trip has been amazing. Everything is so unique and beautiful in Mexico. In the U.S., there are so many false opinions of Mexico and the people of Mexico. So far I have really been able to notice these opinions and formulate my own which so far is very positive. I am so blessed to be experiencing this. "
When asked what she was hoping to get out of this trip, she replied " I am really hoping to gain more knowledge of culture and to uplift my relationship with God."
When asked where she felt she served the greatest need today, she replied " I feel as though I have served the greatest need by being present today and attempting to communicate and participating in church. It is truly amazing how music is a universal language.
It was Mackenzie's turn next. When she was asked what she though of the trip so far, she said " so far this trip has been amazing. The way that everyone makes you feel right at home, as well as how people here have so little yet are always happy and smiling, yet in the U.S. people with very little are almost always upset and almost never smile. The landscape is so beautiful here, it just really makes you think about how much work and effort God put into the Earth. "
When asked what she hoped to get out of the trip, she replied " I am really hoping to grow in my relationship with God, as well as everyone else on the trip, and I am excited to see how these people will change me instead of vice versa."
When asked how she felt that she served the greatest need today, she replied, " I feel I served the greatest need today with the children. They try to understand us and help us understand them. Despite the language barrier they make you feel at home and appreciated.
When Butch was asked what he thought of the trip so far, he said " This trip is a blessing to all involved. I really enjoyed getting to participate in mens devotional this morning, and getting to worship in Spanish ( a language I do not know ), and praise the same God who transcends language and culture. "
When asked what he hoped to get out of this trip, he said " Through this trip I hope to draw closer to God, my daughter and develop friendships with people I already worship with. "
When asked where he felt that he served the greatest need today, he said that he felt he " served the greatest need today by being open to answering God's call to serve and allow myself to be served by others."
- Adios y Via Con Dios