Building schools have been one of the most successful ways in breaking the cycle of poverty in the San Quintin Valley. This short-term missions project operates within a long-term missions project that works with the local community and government which in a previous post I explained how much Mission San Quintin changed my view on short-term missions. Despite having my camera stolen at the beginning of the trip, I was able to document the school build in Mexico on my iPhone.
I, as I am sure you also, have heard many controversial issues and complications that arise from poorly executed and formed philanthropic or short-term missions programs. Because of this, I had grown very sceptical of organisations that offered organised short-term missions trips and considered them to be more detrimental to communities in the long-run than making any difference. Although this may still be the case for the pockets of highly publicised missions trips that primarily offer handouts at best, my mind was changed as I had the privilege of hearing and joining a very distinct missional movement of God in the San Quintin Valley in Mexico.
They stole everything
It only took us under 3 hours over the Mexican border to fall victims to a major theft. All of the money was gone; stolen from us was the collective funds that the whole team of 30 persons had raised for the mission and materials for the building of a much-needed school in the San Quintin area in Mexico. As well, we suffered the loss of a passport, electronics, a number of backpacks along with some of my personal camera equipment.
I’m sometimes surprised at how awestruck I become viewing unfamiliar horizons; landscapes with similar yet different floral and fauna, with familiar yet strange buildings that are all under the same sky.
I adore experiencing the evidence of the Imago Dei through diverse cultures and their hospitality, and as I dip my toes into the Middle Eastern culture, I wonder how much of it transcends from the hospitality that Christ was familiar with while he walked the earth.