Mexico Missions Trip Pt 2 – Cabo
We arrived in Cabo San Lucas safe and sound after a two-hour drive along the bumpy roads of Mexico. Before settling into our accommodation and preparing for the final few days we would spend here in Mexico, we met up with Ps Mark and Leanne’s team. Exchanging stories and testimonies of what we had all done and seen in the places we had been was exciting. It was evident that God was at work both in Mexico and in the lives of our team members.
The next few days we had teams working on projects at our churches in San Jose and Cabo, while Ps Mark and Leanne’s team journeyed on to do the same in La Paz.
I was a part of the painting team that gave the whole church in Cabo a bit of a face-lift. Painting the building blue and white was reminiscent of SUMMIT Conference this year and reminded me of how much this church we were building in the natural was very much a part of the City Impact Church family.
The medical clinic was set up for a few days at Cabo and many people poured into the church grounds, lining up to see the doctors. Daily we heard testimonies of people coming in for a physical need and then walking out knowing Christ as their Saviour. In the hot and sweaty 40 degree sun, this is what kept us going! Knowing that we were making a difference amongst the people of the church and the communities surrounding where a City Impact Church had been planted.
While we worked on painting and cleaning the building in Cabo, the other half of Team Crawford was hard at work at the church in San Jose. For the days we were in Cabo, they started the foundation for a staircase that would join their kids church classrooms upstairs to the courtyard at the back of the church. The team worked so hard.
While in Cabo, a few of us were invited out to youth that night. We turned up to the church in San Jose and though only 11 of us in total, the night was incredible. Youth leaders Jacob Rangvanu and Morgan Fletcher shared their testimonies, with a translator on hand for the locals. The Mexican youth then begun teaching us a worship song in Spanish – there were a few laughs at our attempts but it made for a great night! Mexican youth leader, Juan, took all the New Zealanders and his youth out to dinner. Where we chowed down on the classic tacos and some Mexican dishes, before taking a walk downtown to get some churros. Most definitely one of my favorite memories of Mexico was getting to know the youth there and despite the language barrier I can now call them family.
We said goodbye to the church in true Mexican fashion at our second cultural night fiesta on the Sunday evening. A night of worship it was with Lesley Burgess, Daniel Tankard and Ronel Kapp (from our Balclutha church) sharing their testimonies and souls won for Christ. The church put on a dinner for us as we fellowshipped with the congregation there knowing it would be the last time we saw majority of them before we flew back to NZ.
I can vouch for all Mexico Missions Team that this trip was worth it. The people of Mexico would continually testify how blessed they were – but, it was them who truly blessed us. We went over not really knowing what to expect and left humbled, grateful and inspired by the work God did in and through us in a mere two weeks.
For anyone debating whether to sign up for the next mission trip – wherever, whenever – City Impact Church led, I’d encourage you to do it. I don’t know exactly how it will change your life but I do know that when you go over with a willing heart to see God move, He will.
– Eugene Tuigmala, Youth Intern