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"More People = More Mission" by
On December 12-15, 2014, Crossing Borders completed our 18th
mission trip into Mexico in the past nine years. There were
more people involved in this trip compared to previous trips,
which created opportunity for new involvement for all
concerned. More People = More Mission.
How were more people involved? First, there were more people participating
in preparing for the trip. When we began taking shoebox gifts into Mexico
several years ago, we had three or four churches involved, donating about 150
shoeboxes. This time we had a dozen churches involved and 750 shoebox gifts to
distribute to some very needy children.
Also, as more people become aware of Crossing Borders, there are more people
involved in praying for this ministry both as we are making advance preparations
and when we travel across the border. Many thanks to all of you who remember
Crossing Borders in prayer; it makes a huge difference!
We also had many more missionaries participate directly in the trip this
time: 35 people (from eight U.S. states as well as Monterrey and Guadalajara
Mexico. On previous trips we have had 12-15 people. More missionaries equals
more person-to-person interaction with the people we serve. It also means that
the “mission experience and mindset” is taken back to more churches and
communities by those involved, spreading the attitude to “be on mission wherever
you are”—in your own family, in school, with friends and neighbors, in the
workplace, and with strangers. Jesus is at work everywhere!
God also brought more people than ever before for us to serve on this trip.
At two of our stops on Saturday and Sunday (at locations we’ve visited on past
trips), we expected to find a group of about 75-100. But the buildings were
packed with over 200 expectant and joyful people. We shared in God’s love as we
sang songs, had some preaching, shared some food, talked and laughed, presented
a skit about Jesus’ birth, and distributed shoebox gifts to all the children and
totes full of infant supplies (including beautiful handmade baby quilts) to the
mothers of babies.
We also visited two children’s homes and spent several hours jumping rope,
doing face-painting, treating them to pizza, listening, laughing and hugging. I
wish you could all be there to see the radiant faces of these children as they
excitedly greet us on our arrival and soak up the love we share with them. When
they open their shoeboxes and unpack the simple gifts, their appreciation is an
amazing sight. The accompanying photos give a glimpse of God’s love at work in
these dear lives.
Muchas gracias to everyone who supports these mission trips!
Crossing Borders’ next trip into Mexico is planned for June
20-28, 2015. Call 903-746-4463 for more information, or send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnering with Jesus in Mexico
Will you join us?