LGD 104: Meet The Family

Mexican children with their dad and member of a church laying hands on the family - b&w

This week, I am excited to share with you a four-part series that parallels our virtual Mexico mission experience.

Mexican children with their dad and member of a church laying hands on the family - b&w
Photo by Dave Anthold (2019) – Ensenada, Mexico

Each mission trip experience is unique, but if you travel with us to Ensenada, Mexico, the first night we arrive we meet the family whom we will serve.

Last year (2019), we had the opportunity to build two homes – one for the Garay family (YUGO staff member) and the second for the Perez-Lopez family.

As you can imagine, it can be a bit overwhelming for families to meet 20+ Americans who will build a house for you by the time Thursday rolls around.

Each of our team members had a calling on their lives to be a part of our Mexico trip. The family is selected by the local church in the area where they live.

What’s great about serving the community is they are not always believers. In fact, many of the recipients of homes are not believers, but take a step towards faith as they see God providing a home for them.

I am reminded of a verse from Matthew that says,

“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.'”

Matthew 19:14

Many of the families we encounter on our Mexico trips have small children. The Perez-Lopez family had two little ones.

Each year, I share with colleagues that I am taking a week off of work to go build a house in Mexico. Many of them think it is noble, others don’t understand.

Often times, families are led to Christ because of their children. The children encounter Christ, and then it’s not too long and the parents accept Christ.

Christ welcomed the little children, even when the disciples want to send them away.

In the Mexican culture, family is important. Sometimes you have blended families like the Perez-Lopez Family.

Other times they are broken and need help. The Perez-Lopez Family had challenges, and some of our team members were able to break down the walls to their hearts during the week.

Today’s picture is on the wall of my room as a reminder of the work God can do in each of our lives. When I snapped this picture, I had no idea it would capture the pain, struggle, and hope in the family we were serving that week.

God is in the restoration business – He is a restorer of souls.

Today, ask God how you can join Him in restoring the souls of people you encounter every day.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for restoring souls. Thank you for calling people to go, serve, finance, and cover teams in prayer. Help me today to be a part of restoring souls and helping someone move forward on their faith journey. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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