How to Build a School in Four Days [Photojournal]

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.

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How San Quintin changed my view on Short-Term Missions

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.

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A Theft Struck Missions Trip in Mexico

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.

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Arabian Desert Adventures - UAE

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.

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London on Foot: Day 2

It was only earlier in the year that I was able to meet some of the folks from HTB who were filming up in Squamish for the new Alpha series. You'll see me and a couple of my friends on the Holy Spirit weekend in a cabin with Gemma if you get a chance to watch it. It was great to be at the place where Alpha started and to see Nicky Gumbel. What was even more great was just being able to worship with my brothers and sisters in London. Knowing that this won't be the first or the last time I'll get to sing praises and gather with them.

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London on Foot

I used to travel the whole of London purely via the Tube, but on this visit I decided to explore London on foot. To my surprise, things are not as far from each other as I thought it to be. Gaining as much as 15-20km a day, you get a true sense for the hustle and bustle, as well as a on-the-ground look at the details of its architecture, details and history.

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Book Review: 'Women of the Word' by Jen Wilkin

Throughout her book, Wilkin provides biblically sound reasoning to the weight and importance of knowing the word well and has offered me some incredible and God centred truths and tools to enrich a lifetime's study in knowing God. Having read this book, it's helped me discern ways in which we approach scripture that barely touches the surface of who God is or, worse still, offers us a shallow and false idea that the Bible is a mere roadmap or user manual for our life, of which I have been guilty of.

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