Our church, The Crossing Church – Celebration Campus (soon to be illuminate church), traveled to Tizimin, Mexico the second to last week of June for a week mission trip. We were a team of 10, pretty much all strangers to me, that were going to serve the Dream Center International missionary, Bill Craver, who had a base there. I wasn’t exactly sure of all we were going to do, never having gone on a short-term/1 week mission trip before. But I went with the expectation of getting to know my team, serve, and build relationships. And we did just that!
To give you an idea of what each day was like, I’ve broken it up a little and added pictures.
We flew out on Saturday morning and got to the airport in plenty of time so we read books, some got breakfast and we waited. We had a direct flight and then were picked up and drove to the center – about 2 or 3 hours.
We started the morning with Personal Devotions and then a devotion by Mr. Bill or Pastor Scott.
We walked to the market for breakfast most mornings and ate tacos, saulbites, flautas and had watermelon to drink.
Monday to Wednesday we painted. Thursday we rested – thank you Jesus! Friday we had our tourist day.
Lunch was PB&J!
In the afternoons we paint or passed out flyers in neighborhoods to let them know of the events at the local churches.
Evening Dinner was usually at the Center. Marisol and her mom cooked amazingly delicious meals. Mexican food is nothing like Tex-Mex in case you’re wondering!
Church was a daily event. At least once each day we were there we were at a church where Pastor Ed preached, someone shared their testimony, and usually we worked with kids. We often had to take two cars to get us there and so one would be a taxi. The first time I had the intuition to suggest I go along as a Spanish speaker. Good thing as the taxi driver got lost and I could tell him what to do! After that I always went in the taxi or else someone else who spoke Spanish did.
Bed! We had 7 women in one room with bunk beds and air mattresses and two showers and one toilet. I chose the shower with the lower water pressure since most didn’t want to use it and it meant I could shower whenever I wanted….and in the heat I showered often! We did have two good bye parties – one, we sent Alsonso out to buy ice cream and cookies. The other, Eduardo made pizza for us that was delicious.