In April 2016, UPPC partnered with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Ensenada Mexico to build a home for a family in need. Eighteen of us were met at the San Diego airport by YWAM staff and transported to their campus in Ensenada.
Our group was very diverse — ranging in age from 10 to 75 and consisting of 7 men, 7 women and 4 kids. It was also a mixture of mission veterans and those who had never been on a mission trip before. All of this did not keep our group from establishing a quick bond with each other in anticipation of what the Lord had in store for us.
So on a rainy Sunday morning in April, we traveled to the work site in a big bus, arriving just as the sun came out, and were met by the Ruiz family– a single mom, her sister and her 2 kids, the same ages as the kids in our group. They were the recipients of the new house.
We gathered around a 16 x 20 cement slab piled high with building materials and prayed that God would bless this event – and, indeed, he did. Led by 3 members of the YWAM staff, a flurry of activity began as different parts of the house started to take shape. By the end of the first day 4 walls with a roof were standing before us. MORE
There was also time during the day to meet the neighbors and even repair a door for one of them. Our kids even found time to play with the Ruiz and neighbor kids. The end of day one found us traveling back to the YWAM campus tired and hungry, but extremely filled with a feeling of accomplishment.
Day 2 saw the roof go on and all of the interior work completed as well as the furniture assembled. While the finishing touches were completed, several of the group took the Ruiz family shopping to purchase food, clothes and additional interior furnishings for the home.
The house keys were presented to Mrs. Ruiz during a moving, but joy filled dedication ceremony, She and her family were able to spend time in their new home before farewells. It is often said that those who participate in a mission trip come away receiving more than they have given. This mission trip was no exception and was considered a success by every measure. With God’s blessing, it will be the start of many more to come with the 2017 trip already scheduled for June 24-27.