Hello from sunny Cancun!
Over these past few days we’ve had the privilege of putting on a VBS for the children at the Bonfil site of Back2Back. The morning was dedicated to serving small children (4-12 years), and the afternoon was focused on the youth (ages 13-17). Today was our last day of the VBS, and we are working through processing these last 3 days.
Each day we had time of worship, games, bible lesson, snack, and crafts. For each day, there was a different “theme” or lesson that we focused on. Wednesday’s theme was Jonah, Thursday’s was Jesus feeding the 5,000, and Friday’s lesson was all about the death and resurrection of Jesus. Throughout the day, each of us team members took on a different role. Some of us were in the craft room, some of us were leading games, some of us helped make snacks, and others helped keep the energy strong by being team leaders. Yani energetically led the children and youth in a powerful time of worship and dance during the day, which was one example of how each member of the team was able to use their gifts.
We were all really encouraged to come alongside the Back2Back staff, and see the amount that they pour into each child. We know that when we leave, there is a strong foundation at each site that will remain, because of the staff and thoughtful programming.
This VBS was a great experience for all of us; each of us took something away from it that will have a lasting impact. We are still processing our feelings of the week and the goodbyes that took place this afternoon. Overall, we believe it was a great success and that the children not only had fun, but were impacted.
Thank you for the prayers as we got the chance to minister to these children; they helped this VBS and time with children run smoothly.
Tomorrow we will be working at the same Back2Back site in Bonfil, doing some work projects to help out the staff. We are excited to see some improvements. And on Easter Sunday we will be worshipping together on the beach in Cancun. We are all looking forward to a different type of Easter and for some time together as a group that we can reflect and be with the Lord.
Alyssa, Jadyn, and Team Mexico 🇲🇽
Greetings from Cancún!
Our time in Mexico started off with delicious authentic Mexican food and a warm welcome from the Back2Back staff on Saturday. On Sunday we went to a Spanish church service and came back to our volunteer house where we spent the day with teens from the different Back2Back sites. It was a really special day for many reasons, one being it was our teammate Usha’s birthday!
Our Monday was a blast; this was a day that was set aside for learning about the history and culture of Cancún, and bonding with our team! We spent the day exploring the Talum ruins, and at a resort where we got our fill of the sun and ocean. We all felt unified after this fun day of new experiences and laughter together.
Today was a really sweet day. It started off with our regular individual devotional time and small group time which have both proved to be impactful for our hearts and understanding of God’s faithfulness. We traveled to the Bon Fil site where we all helped prepare for the upcoming VBS that we are putting on Wednesday through Friday. After finishing prep, we traveled to the Back2Back site at Tres Reyes where we got to meet families who are involved in the ‘Strong Families’ program. We were able to purchase some products from the moms at their ‘Mom’s Market’ which will provide support for their families. After that, we got to eat family style dinner with the many families, and then had the chance to connect with the children through play.
These past few days of bonding and learning have been impactful to our team as a whole. Believe it our not, our Spanish skills are slowly increasing. We are having a great time in Cancún, and loving our new experiences, even if they require us being challenged.
Amor y Abrazos,
Alyssa, Jadyn and Team Mexico
Please keep praying!
We are eagerly approaching our departure from Taylor University to Cancun, Mexico in less than a week! In preparing and getting to know one another before our trip, we have gathered every week for class time. Our class time has consisted of growing the relationships with ourselves, each other, and God before we start serving. The time together has all revolved around Slow Kingdom Coming, a book by Kent Annan. In this book, we have been “awakened” to the many truths that God tells us through his word, which have been covered through five different practices which were highlighted in the book. These practices include: attention, confession, respect, partnering, and truthing. Each of these different practices outline a healthy way of serving on a short-term mission trip, and help us understand that the kingdom to come on earth is a process.
Our team is excited to be awakened to what God has to display. We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus by living out our team’s verse Isaiah 1:17 to the best of our capability.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
As we continue to prepare and awaken our hearts now and while in Mexico, you could continue your support for us through prayer.
Some things you could pray for regarding our trip include:
- To be open with what God is revealing
- Safe travels
- Prevention of illness
- Activities to go smoothly
- No language barrier
- To have a mentality of learning
- Team unity
Thank you for all the prayers and support. We look forward to sharing more about our experiences in Mexico in the coming weeks!
The team bloggers, Alyssa & Jadyn
Meet the Mexico team! This is the team headed to Cancun, Mexico for Spring break. They will be partnering with Back to Back Missions!
Samuel Martinez, Andrew Freer, Victor Cheng, Craig Faulkner, Josie Starkey, Alora Pradel, Jadyn Barhorst, Alyssa Muller, Teagan Rowley, Maggie Cripe, Usha KC, Yani Trujillo, Celeste Pauta, Molly Pile, Teagan Kauffman, (not pictured) Nancy Cotom-Lopez. Leaders: Caroline Poland and Lauren Miles
Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”
1. Pray that we would lean into and engage with uncomfortable situations.
2. Pray that we would regularly be recognizing the slow Kingdom that is coming and our role within that.
3. Pray for safety and health throughout our time.
4. Pray that we would center ourselves around God’s will and be open to his leading.