In July MBC was asked to help sponsor the Christ United Methodist Church’s youth mission group’s trip to a village outside of Mazatlan, Mexico. Fortunately for me, I was able to be in a position to contribute to their trip two fold: One by donating monies to improve the facilities and secondly, by flying down as a chaperon for the two dozen youth from the CUMC program. The Salvation Army provides room and board to nearly thirty children, ages 4 to 17. These are not homeless children but instead, children who come from homes who can no longer support them. What an incredible experience for me. On our trip, three buildings were painted inside and out, some 30 meters of concrete was poured, roads were mended, some of their property was re-graded, and an overhang/roof was built. Quite a productive couple of weeks if you ask me, but the real work was watching the teens from the CUMC program connect, play, support, challenge, and “lift-up” their newfound friends from Mexico. Check out the article I wrote on the subject of water posted on the website for even more insight to this wonderful trip. The theme of our trip comes from John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” What a wonderful life philosophy. When I put my own “house in order”, I am freer to doing such. I can be used as an instrument for a cause greater than myself. What a gift. Thanks CUMC for the opportunity. I will never forget it.