You may have noticed that about a week ago, I was gone from the weather lab for a while.
That is because I traveled to southern Mexico, but it was not for vacation.
I actually went to Tapachula, Mexico with a group from Clay Church to work at a boys home with Mission on the Move.
We did not do anything spectacular, and I doubt we changed the world, but hopefully, we helped in some small way.
Most of the children of Tapachula, Mexico have parents who have been, or still are, in prison.
Many of the children have lived in prison themselves, not for something they have done, but because in this part of Mexico, the kids live in the prison with their parents when there is no other family on the outside.
Without me going into details, you can only imagine some of the atrocities they have had to deal with. That is where Steve and Hope Shearhouse and Mission on the Move come in.
The goal is to bring these children up to become productive citizens of Mexico. Mission on the Move has three homes: a girls home and two for boys. In total, they have 40 children that they have either rescued from prison or taken in as orphans.”
On March 23rd, our group flew out of Chicago in the afternoon and arrived in Tapachula at 1:00 a.m. our time. Tapachula is just a few miles from Guatemala, and the city has over a quarter of a million people, many of which are poor and not well-educated.
We were a relief team, which means we took over for the house parents for a week to give them some time off. That means cleaning floors and bathrooms daily, doing laundry for all 8 boys, and cooking all the meals. Of course, the benefit to that is all the homemade Mexican food and getting to sit down with the kids to eat.
We also helped with three different painting projects that needed to be done around the home. However, the most important thing is to show these kids that we love them and that we care for them, so we play and have fun at times.
We even bought the home a basketball and walked to the park one day. They were better at soccer, that is for sure, but we had a great time.
Each evening, we would end the day with devotions. This was a special moment for all of us and important to the mission. Two children that came here at a young age are now in college in Tapachula.
We made some wonderful new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Saying goodbye on Friday evening was tough for all of us, including the kids. Maybe, we can make a little bit of a difference.
This is my third time traveling to Tapachula.
I have taken each of my own children on previous trips, and I know it gave them an appreciation of what they have here.
I also know that even though we went to serve, we ended up getting more from those children than we gave.
Typically, a couple of teams a year go from Michiana, mainly from Clay Church or Osceola United Methodist.
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