This team from CCV's Midtown campus visited the church plant at Campeche! They spent time with the kids they sponsor and go treated to the best coffee Colombia has to offer!
Here's an interview with one of the trip participants:
Why did you make the decision to go on a mission trip? Why this trip? Why now? I wanted to meet my sponsor child, Jesus. He's at the perfect age - almost 7!
Was there a moment that really stood out to you? What was it? The car ride to meet Jesus. I literally felt like a little kid at Christmas! When I got off the bus, tears just flooded my eyes and steamed down my face. I could not believe I was just moments away from meeting this little, precious boy I have grown to love so deeply. I am so glad I wrote and sent pictures to him consistently so we had some sort of relationship to stand on. It's amazing how that built trust and allowed him to love me. When we were walking around on Fun Day, he would constantly look back and smile at me - like he couldn't believe I was really there.
How are you going to apply what you've learned and seen on this trip to your life when you get home? Share not only my story, but the story of the children. We are way more than sponsors to them and their families. They are praying we pick up the important burden of encouraging the spiritual growth of their child - by praying for them regularly and building them up in our letters.
How did this trip impact your personal relationship with Jesus Christ? I was challenge with my viewpoint of generosity. $38 a month is not generous. For me, it is a required need that someone has and I can very, very easily meet. Being generous wasn't even sponsoring another 7 year old boy in need. It was a necessity for us to do that. We weren't even being generous when we bought our two families fans that cost $30 a piece. That cost us next to nothing, and being generous requires feeling the burden of meeting a need - whether that be with time or money. I can't think of a time that I have been truly generous to someone, and this trip challenged me to look for ways I can do that. Jesus showed and continues to show me the ultimate act of generosity. He willingly paid the price of my sin that I could never pay before I ever loved him. Even now as a Christian, he continues to be generous to me; going out to his way to extend mercy to me that I do not deserve.