Mexico Mission Trip Updates

Rojo Gomez, Mexico: June 14-17, 2018
Leave Thursday from CLHS at 1:30 p.m. and return to CLHS on Sunday by 3:00 p.m.

For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Hebrews 3:4

Text updates from Mrs. Schell:

June 14, 2018:
6:03 p.m.
We are eating dinner together, so far so good!
7:57 p.m. We are safely at our hotel. Students are unpacking the vans, getting into their rooms and preparing for a long day of serving tomorrow!

June 15, 2018:
8:44 a.m.
text update: The Mexico Mission Team is praying before they begin building a home today. Keep the prayers coming for guidance over this team and their efforts! "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3
11:39 p.m.
We are taking a break for lunch. We had a cloud covering us all morning PTL. Sun is beginning to shine, things are heating up!
12:11 p.m. One of the houses is being built for a family with wheelchair needs. The house is taking longer to add doors and wheelchair access space. Blessed to be a blessing!
6:18 p.m. We are back to our hotel after a long day. Students will enjoy dinner shortly.
7:58 p.m. All the students are doing well. Everyone stayed very hydrated today! We are looking forward to finishing the houses tomorrow. Many hands make light work!

June 16, 2018:
8:57 a.m.
update: Day two! We are feeling rested and ready to finish the house! We have June gloom weather this morning and it's fantastic. Many of our students will participate in evangelism today. Phil. 2:3
6:38 p.m. We are on our way back from a long day of building. It has been a great day!
6:57 p.m. We are back to our hotel and will be eating dinner right away. We have much to reflect upon this evening! We got to build alongside the homeowner today, it was very special.
9:43 p.m. Another day of fellowship, teamwork and sharing the love of Christ! The cloud cover was our friend all day (PTL!) while we worked feverishly to complete the house. We had two teams of students head out to evangelize and share hygiene items and small toys we brought down with us. At the key ceremony students offered a prayer for the family which was translated by Alex, our master builder. Marie Elena had tears in her eyes as each message of love was translated. When a few of us brought gifts inside she waited to hug us after we set them down. She was filled with joy and our hearts are certainly full!!
We have an early breakfast tomorrow, followed by a short worship and photo show of all three houses built this weekend. We expect to be on the road by 9:00. Border crossing wait times can be unpredictable, so Mrs. Worthington will update this page after we’re through the border. The drive could be 2.5+ hours beyond that; so updated thereafter will come from students directly. Students can be picked up at CLHS upon arrival. Thank you for allowing us to bring your kids on this trip. It has been an absolute honor and privilege. ~~ Mrs Schell, Mr P & Mr. Blanke

June, 17, 2018

8:25 a.m. Mr P. Lead devotions each morning.  We’ve had breakfast and a fabulous photo show (will share with parents next week).  We’re currently loading vans and expect to be leaving hotel by 8:30.  Next update will be when all CLHS vans are successfully across the border.

9:35 a.m. All vans are through the border. Heading to lemon grove for a gas stop. Student will text their parents when we leave there for an ETA at CLHS. 


 Trip details:  
  • Who: 22 Crean Lutheran students; staff chaperones - Shannon Schell, Tony Pietrolungo, Karl Blanke, and a few CLHS parents. We are with a large group of 80 people from Voyagers Bible Church in Irvine.
  • Where:  Rojo Gomez, Mexico.
  • What:  We plan to build 3 houses, facilitate a retreat for about 30 Hispanic pastors and their spouses, and above all share the love of Jesus with the local community.
    • The homes are 16 feet by 20 feet and have 2 bedrooms, a loft, and electricity.
    • We begin building early Friday and by Saturday the houses are complete.
    • We then pray with the families, dedicate their homes, and hand over the keys.
    • Each home costs about $7,000.
    • The ministry transforms families, neighborhoods, pastors, and the house-building teams (us!).
  • Mission: Be a light of Christ to all we meet.

Please pray:

  • That we (the teachers, students, and parents) fix our eyes on Christ and not on ourselves.
  • For the many students on their first mission trip.
  • For travel mercies as we are driving 4 vans full of students.
  • For the Holy Spirit to work through us in ways we didn't know were possible.