I’m excited to share that in September of this year, I plan to move to Guadalajara, Mexico and stay for 2 years! My heart fell in love with the people there, and I’ve found an opportunity to go back and serve. I believe this experience will benefit so many others and also powerfully shape my ability to teach, pastor, and serve people for the rest of my life.
Just this past February, I traveled to Guadalajara with a small group from my bible college. Our mission was to bring essential living items to impoverished villages surrounding Lake Chapala, just outside of the city. Over several days we provided lunches to children at their schools, ceramic water filters to purify and store drinking water for entire households, and new shoes for those families. The average combined income of most of these families is less than $300 US a month, just to give you an idea of what they could afford. These families drank polluted water from the river next to their homes, and most housing was exposed to the elements without windows or proper coverage from big storms. I’ll never forget the look of concern in one mother’s eyes as we brought new shoes into her home, hoping we had enough for all the children. She never cared if we had anything for her, she just wanted her kids to have new shoes.
We stayed for only 5 days, but the impact that brief trip had on my life was profound. We were diligent and yet there’s still much more work to be done. I just don’t believe my part is finished! In Guadalajara, I immediately plan to study and become proficient in speaking Spanish; taking an intensive Spanish class upon arriving so I can get quickly acclimated. I’ll be volunteering at The House Church, under the leadership of Pastors Justin and Angela Jaquith, who are some of the most beautiful, selfless, and inspiring people ever! The rest of my time will be allocated to serving communities around the lake and volunteering at a Children’s Home called La Ola. La Ola is an incredible home dedicated to breaking the cycle of child poverty, abuse, and abandonment, by providing housing, education, and so much more.
I have some money saved, but due to visa restrictions, I’m not legally allowed to work in Mexico. I’m hoping to change that, but for the first 6 months of living expenses, travel, and Spanish class, I am hoping to raise $10,000. Before you even consider giving, I’d really just appreciate your prayers. I know prayer is the first step to seeing God move on our behalf, and He is so faithful to us that I’m grateful for whatever happens. If you feel called to give, I’ve set up this donation page and you can choose between a one time gift or reoccuring monthly gift. I’d love to stay in touch with you, so please leave me an email address so I can send you monthly updates of our work in Guadalajara! God bless you!