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.


We arrived at the site where a foundation had been professionally laid out for us prior to our arrival. This morning was probably the hottest morning but most productive. Most of the day was spent framing, building the walls and roof of the building. Most of the girls were busy painting - something of which I tried very diligently to stay away from.


It was a nice cool morning to welcome the build. Today was all about getting the walls and roof up of which was an all-hands-on-deck operation.


Day three was probably the peak day for digestive issues for our team which made everything very "exciting" and uncomfortable. A couple of our team members suffered from the previous day's heat stroke. Today I mostly helped to help lay and tar the roof.


Today was 'finishing day' - lots of touch ups. Being small and nimble I was chosen to tar all the nails on the roof. Midday, government officials, teachers and children held a ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new building. Individuals of in community and parents of the children prepared a thank you lunch for us. Children set up chairs in the new and unfinished school building for photos.

One of the rooms will be a library dedicated to the memory of the late Sue Card, wife of Tom Card; together they spearheaded Mission San Quintin that has had such an incredible impact in the San Quintin Valley.

Have you been on a short-term mission trip? What where some of your stories and what did you do there? Did you find it to be an effective ministry?