Baja, Mexico · Missions

Taken from In Focus Church Tracking Blog- Ten Days Youth Baja Trip

Our final day

July 3, 2016

Well, our final day is over.  God has done so much in our hearts, and God has done so much through our lives.  He has proven himself faithful in the big and the small.  Earlier in the week Bryce’s backpack went missing and someone reported seeing a man walk off with it.  Bryce prayed consistently for three days because his bible was in that bag and it was important to him.  Yesterday, the bag was returned with everything in it!  Today at the building dedication ceremony, Bryce had the opportunity to share with the entire group of God’s faithfulness.

 

Bryce sharing at the dedication ceremony

Bryce sharing at the dedication ceremony

After the dedication, we threw a huge fiesta.  A party for the entire neighborhood.  There was a clown show and the gospel was shared, we played futbol and corn hole, did face paintings, took polaroid pictures for the kids to take home, and much more.

 

Rebekah and Maddie, our polaroid photographers

Rebekah and Maddie, our polaroid photographers

The party was a huge success.  Over the course of the week, including the fiesta, we gave out 320 bibles along with the Purple Book!

This week will be one that our team will never forget.  We’ve seen God do some amazing things this week, and we have experienced God for ourselves in ways that many of us never have before.  One thing we do know is that it will not be the last time we experience God for ourselves, because we are committed to continuously and consistently stay connected to Jesus!

See you guys tomorrow!!

 

Baja 2016

Baja 2016

Children at the fiesta

Children at the fiesta

This is the concrete pad on Tuesday 

This is the concrete pad on Tuesday

This is the church after just two days

This is the church after just two days

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Giving our best

July 2, 2016

Today was our last day of construction.  We completed an amazing amount of work.  But we not only did a lot of work, we did it well.  Our construction foreman, Pablo, kept us to a high standard.  When shingles were nailed less than straight, we pulled then up and tried again.  When sheetrock nails missed their marked, he showed us how to do it better.  He kept us to this standard because he knows that God deserves our very best.  On Saturday, we get to dedicate the church and house to God and give the keys to the church’s pastor.  Pablo reminds us as we work, that we want to be able give a good gift.

Later in the afternoon, we walked a local market picking up souvenirs and gifts for our friends and family.  We laughed a lot!

Our meals have all been catered at the hotel, but tonight we went to a local restaurant as a group instead(the entire team of 150 people).  It was loud but so much fun!

We are all healthy and happy.  We are proud of the work we’ve done.  We will sleep well knowing that when we dedicate the church and house tomorrow, we will have completed our task well.

Buenas noches!

Jacques nailing sheetrock

Jacques nailing sheetrock

Pastor Eric nailing up trim.

Pastor Eric nailing up trim.

Jacob trimming around a window.

Jacob trimming around a window.

Katie installing a doorknob.

Katie installing a doorknob.

Chloe showing off her green thumb :)

Chloe showing off her green thumb 🙂

Bryce and Josiah 'shingling'

Bryce and Josiah ‘shingling’

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Un dia de milagros

July 1, 2016

Today has been a day of miracles (un dia de milagros).

We set out this morning to split our day between construction and evangelizing.  The day started out looking much like yesterday but with blisters and sore muscles.   It turned out to be a pretty amazing day.  On this trip, each day has built upon the day before.  The momentum has been building, the excitement growing, and today was no different.

We started off at the construction site where we have helped turn two concrete slabs in a church and a home, complete with electricity, sheetrock, and shingles.  That was actually miracle number two.  The first miracle was the attitude of our team.  We witnessed our teenagers step so far out their comfort levels that we know only God could do that.  Their feet hurt, their muscles were tired, they were hot and dirty, but they persevered.  They pushed back.  They laid themselves down for the sake of the cross, and God was glorified!

After lunch, we invited people from their homes to meet with us in an empty lot in their neighborhood.  Three of our team members(Caila, Madison, and Avery) shared their testimonies with the crowd that had gathered, then Caleb shared the gospel message in a clear and loving way.  Close to ten people made the choice to begin a relationship with God and others asked for prayer for specific things including healing from pain and disease.

As we headed back, Chloe said, “Everyday has been astonishing in so many different ways.  From the church we have built, to the people we have led to Christ, we have taken every moment to further God’s kingdom.  I believe that God has and will continue to do great things in the hearts of not only Rosarito, but our team and our church family as well.

In the evening, we joined together with the large group for a time of worship and sharing our stories of the day.  A young American girl said she was praying for a local woman without an interpreter and the Spanish language began flowing from her mouth.  Another group of teens prayed for someone with a limp and God healed them.  Every group had stories of lives being changed.  People being drawn in to a relationship with a loving Father.

We have seen God do miracles today and as we go to sleep, we can’t help but wonder, “what will He do tomorrow??”

 

Caleb sharing the gospel message to a group of locals.

Caleb sharing the gospel message to a group of locals.

Avery sharing his testimony.

Avery sharing his testimony.

Caila sharing her testimony.

Caila sharing her testimony.

Maddie sharing her testimony.

Maddie sharing her testimony.

Sheetrock going up inside the church that was just a concrete slab yesterday!

Sheetrock going up inside the church that was just a concrete slab yesterday!

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Poured out

June 29, 2016

Today was our first day to get to give back, to pour ourselves out.  We traveled about 20 minutes outside of Rosarito where we spent the morning building walls for a new church and for the pastor’s house next to the church.  All the kids were absolutely amazing!  They worked HARD!  We loved watching them working as a team.  No complaining, no ‘when can we take a break?’.  They were focused and on a mission to complete their task at hand.

After a yummy sandwich, we took off to walk the local township where we went door to door inviting families to an empty lot in their neighborhood.  Several students shared their testimonies, and one of our group pastors shared the gospel in a loving and relevant way.  Many people made the decision to make Jesus their Lord and Saviour!  We were able to pray with them and for them, as well as give them bibles and a Purple Book.  Gracias a Dios!!

This morning, Caila said “I am nervous yet so excited to share my testimony with everyone and see the impact it may have on them.  I have faith in God though, that my testimony and other’s will help lead people to Him.”

At the end of the day, Josiah said, “I realize how lucky I am to already have things built and to have Jesus around me.  I found out that nailing boards is actually fun, too.  And the people of Baja are ready to know who Jesus is.”

God is doing incredible things in the lives of this team and through this team!

We can’t wait to tell you in person!

We miss you all!!

pictured left to right... 1st row- Bryce, Pastor Eric, Avery 2nd row- Rebekah, Maddie, Michaela, Caila, Katie, Chloe, Jacques, Josiah 3rd row - Stephen Younker, Caleb, Jacob, Pastor Jack

pictured left to right…

1st row- Bryce, Pastor Eric, Avery

2nd row- Rebekah, Maddie, Michaela, Caila, Katie, Chloe, Jacques, Josiah

3rd row – Stephen Younker, Caleb, Jacob, Pastor Jack

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Surf and Sand Olympics

June 29, 2016

It’s been a great day here on the west coast of Mexico.  We participated in the ‘Surf and Sand Olympics’ where the kids had a blast competing in various team building games in hopes of winning the gold medal(ring pops for the winners).  We heard an awesome message reminding us of the importance of staying consistently and continuously connected to Jesus.  In our small groups we practiced sharing our ‘2 minute miracles’ as we prepare to go out tomorrow to serve and evangelize in the community.
Everyone is happy and healthy.  The food is very good and we are getting plenty of sleep.
Thank you for all the encouraging comments.  We love hearing from our friends and family.
Goodnight, we miss you all.

P.S. I tried very hard to upload some pictures but our internet service will just not cooperate tonight and I need to sleep.  Thanks for understanding!  JB

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Fajitas, friends, and a beautiful sunset

June 27, 2016

As we watch the sun go down on our first day, our minds are racing with the thoughts of what this week holds for us.  The excitement of meeting new friends, wondering how hard the work will be, and especially the hope of lives being forever changed as we serve the special people here in Mexico.

Rebekah spoke for all of us when she said, “I am believing that God will flood his Holy Spirit among the people and place of Baja, Mexico.  I’m believing not only for many lives to be saved and radically transformed by coming to Christ, but for those already dedicated to being Christ’s disciples to be further encouraged, transformed, and loved on by their Father.”

We are all safe, well fed, and very tired.  We are saying goodnight to a long day, but will wake up with a pep in our step as we are ready to tackle with boldness all this week holds for us.

Buenas noches!

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San Diego and Jack in the box

June 27, 2016

We arrived safely in San Diego with all of our luggage, thank you Jesus!  Our next stop was Jack in the box in the airport terminal.  We were starving!  🙂

After we meet up with the other teams here at the airport, we will be Baja bound.

Stay tuned!

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