2010 Mexico Mission Trip
2010 Mexico Mission Trip
"We're Not Done..." (FBC Belvidere 2010 Mexico Mission Trip Excperience)
14 members of FBC Belvidere went on a weeklong mission trip to Huacapa, Oaxaca, Mexico with ABC-USA missionary to Mexico, Chuck Shawver. Taking their name from 1 Corinthians 3:9 ("For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God's garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God's building," Amplified Bible) the mission team, the "Kingdom Builders," travelled to southern Mexico the first week of August to focus on two ministries with the local church there: (1) to help purchase some building materials and begin the project of a new church building twice the size of their current facility and (2) to build relationships by working with children and youth to teach them more about salvation in Christ through games, crafts, and songs.
The people there were some of the most welcoming any of us had ever met - they opened up their homes, church, and lives to us and touched our lives in wonderful, indelible ways. Every team member also experienced some extreme situations as we were all way out of our comfort zones at some time (and for most of us, a lot of the time!). These experiences forever changed the team and each member!
We decided in Mexico that God is not done with us and "we're not done..." serving Him as we serve the needs of His people. The "Kingdom Builders" has now expanded as more of our church family is seeing what God has done and is doing in and through us. They have come alongside and become part of the team as we expand our vision. We have added Acts 1:8 ("But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth," NIV) to our mission. We're going kind of in reverse as we've already gone to one of "the ends of the earth" on our mission trip and now we've come home to also focus on serving the needs of our church family (our "Jerusalem" from Acts 1:8) and our surrounding community ("Judea") more intentionally. We also believe God is calling us to partner with the church in Huacapa to help them complete their church building in less time and possibly to return as we continue to nurture the relationships that have been initiated.
"Kingdom Builders" is not a movement, but an attitude of service exemplified by Christ (Philippians 2:1-11). We hope and pray that, as Christ leads us, we lead by example (1 Corinthians 11:1) and that other join in serving wherever God has planted them (at work, in school, in the community, in organizations and groups, in their families, etc.). We pray that God continues to bless this ministry and that each person who participates may be a blessing and may be blessed as God works in us, through us, and, often, in spite of us.