Amor Mission Trip - A Group of People from "The Other Side"

 

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Tijuana, Mexico, October 2016

By Paulina Puga, Amor Team Member

I was asked to be part of a three-day mission trip to build a house in Mexico. A house? In three days? It sounded challenging, wonderful and unbelievable at the same time. How would God use this group of 12 to accomplish so much?

It was challenging to build a house without any power tools, in a short period of time and with little space to work on the building process. It was wonderful to see progress every day despite the challenges. It was a joy to see two little children looking forward to the result of those long hours of hammering and sawing, It was encouraging to work as a team with so much joy and hope. It was unbelievable to see that two-room house standing in front of us after three days of hard work, and it was so encouraging to see these little children and their parents thankfully receiving their new house.

When we were there, I couldn’t stop thinking that while we were fixing the walls, squaring the roof and straightening the "chicken wire," these two little children were experiencing what would probably be one of the most unforgettable moments of their lives. They will probably tell their children about that day in their childhood when a group of people came from “the other side” to build a house for them in three days. This thought humbles me over and over again. We take so many things for granted: a house, toilets with running water, hot showers. We don’t even think about them anymore, and yet so many people can only dream about them.

It was challenging, wonderful and unbelievable to cross the border on a Friday and come back home on a Monday with a tired body, a humble soul, great memories, and a renewed spirit. God did some amazing things through this experience and used us to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.