Seymour / Deep Cove youth off to Mexico

Deep Cove Crier August 1995
It Is near impossible to open a paper, listen to the radio or watch the T.V. without hearing horrible stories about what young people are doing. We are of the opinion that we need to start affirming our youth for the many good things that they do and recognize their accomplishments in our community and around the world.

For the past 10 months, 16 young people from two local churches, St. Simon's and Sutherland Bible Chapel, have been preparing themselves for a missions caravan to Mexico. Each young person has spent dozens of hours in study, training, prayer, fund raising, and planning, all for seven days of service in a town called San Quintin. San Quintin, while a town by Mexican standards, would be called a city here in Canada. The study and training has included learning about local Mexican culture, fostering and developing leadership skills and learning about our own spiritual growth and development.

The caravan Is organized by and operated by Mexico Medical Missions. For over a decade now, thousands of youth from all over Canada and the USA have been going down to one of six sites in Mexico to help meet the medical, physical and spiritual needs of the Mexican people.

For each person to make the trip to San Quintin Mexico, we needed to raise about $950.00. While a good portion of this money came from private donation, a large part came from public support. We would like to thank the people who donated generously at the many car washes, and the local businesses who donated Items for the silent auction.

While spending a week on the east coast 0f the Baja peninsula may sound like an ideal vacation to some, we can assure you that this will be a week of service and servanthood. San Quintin is a town whose population is made up largely of Migrant Mexican Indian farm workers and labourers. In the mornings, the group will be doing heavy labour, helping to build and maintain medical clinics in the town. Each afternoon we will travel to a different area of the town and run a vacation bible school program for about 150 to 200 of the areas children. Once the coolness of the evening sets in, Individuals in the group will work with some of the adults In the community showing films and helping with worship.

Each person in the group has their own reason for going on this caravan. For some, it is an opportunity to experience another culture. For someone else, it is the chance to both share the Gospel of Christ and also to learn about ft. others hope that ft will make them more mindful of the good fortune we have here in Canada and more appreciative of others in the world. it is also a time to leave the comfort zone of our families in North Vancouver, and take a risk, explore the unknown, if just for a short while. The ultimate reason for making this trip, however, Is that we are all called to be servants of God and each other. This missions trip allows a few young people from North Vancouver to give a little of themselves so as to serve others. We are not going down with the naive notion that we can change the world, what we do expect to do Is share the love we find In Christ with others.

Rev, Ed Hird & Ken Bell
St. Simon's Anglican Churchi

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