…it opened my eyes to the real poverty in the world and that the people whose plight we can so easily ignore are real . . . and are so worthy of our concern. I also was reminded again that God’s word is never failing that his promise to “ask, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38) is so amazingly true. While we go down to Ensenada with the thought in our minds that we are going to bless a needy family with a home, you walk away with such an amazing feeling of blessing in your heart it is very difficult to shake when you get back and leaves you wanting to go back for more. For someone who might need to immediately see and feel the positive outcome from their work, sacrifice and charity, Homes of Hope couldn’t be a better place for them to serve.
I never had a clue that WE were the “poor” people on this trip! Yes, people were living in boxes and tarp-covered structures, but they had more faith, hope and happiness than I’ve ever known possible. I was in awe the entire two days of our build, watching this family that makes $56/week – having to choose between food, education for their children and housing- work so closely and proudly on their dream home. They live each day as it comes, pray for good health and happiness, and trust that tomorrow will be another bright day. I know that I was very touched by this mission trip, but watched my teen-aged daughter and husband light up inside as well… it’s our mission to continue returning on these mission trips.
When we arrived in Mexico I couldn’t help notice the poverty. But I almost immediately also became very aware of how happy, thankful, and faithful most of the people we came in contact with. It really moved me. The teamwork, sense of purpose, togetherness and the relationships built with the family in such a short time were amazing. But my most cherished memory of the trip will always be that of the dedication before presenting the house to the family. The team gave prayers of thanks and asked God to bless their future. But it was all of us – from a small church in Ham Lake – that were truly blessed at that moment. To hear their thanks and see the relief in the eyes of the Domingo family…It is a Blessed feeling that I’ve never felt before in my life. We plan to spread the word to all who will listen about the difference a small group of people from a small church in Ham Lake can make on the lives of people. I personally will be committed to get as many friends and family to make their first trip. I want them to experience what I did. I cannot imagine going through life not ever having received God’s blessing of being able to give at that level.