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A Big Dream, A Big Risk, and 10 Years Later

Eleven years ago we began to dream about what could be. We began to ask “what if” questions.  -“What if we were to facilitate service trips to Mexico as our full-time job?”  -“What if we made a safe place for students to feel loved and accepted for who they are?”  -“What would happen if students … Continue reading A Big Dream, A Big Risk, and 10 Years Later

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Proximity “You will always have the poor among you.” (Part 2)


Proximity means,” nearness in space, time, or relationship.” I was there when a student I was mentoring received a phone call about his grandfather’s passing. I could hear the pain in his voice as he talked on the phone with his parents. I could see the tears rolling down his face. I could feel the … Continue reading Proximity “You will always have the poor among you.” (Part 2)


Did Jesus Justify Poverty? “You will always have the poor among you.” (Part 1)

The last few weeks we have visited and served people who live on the old Tijuana dump. Houses made out of scraps of wood. Fences built out of the garbage that has been thrown away, a broken table, an old box spring, and other thrown away items. Seeing how people live like this can feel … Continue reading Did Jesus Justify Poverty? “You will always have the poor among you.” (Part 1)

What do Short-Term Missions have to do with a zoo?

Honestly, going to the zoo is not one of my favorite activities. But the one time I did enjoy it was for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. My daughter’s favorite animal is the elephant and the only place we could see a real live elephant was the Oakland Zoo. So we packed into our car with … Continue reading What do Short-Term Missions have to do with a zoo?

Are We Using the Poor for the Benefit of Our Short-Term Mission Trips?

If you are like me, you want to have a successful short-term mission trip where you honor and dignify everyone involved, especially those you are serving.  We want to be useful to those we are serving while being aware of the possible negative impact we are having on the community. It is our hope that … Continue reading Are We Using the Poor for the Benefit of Our Short-Term Mission Trips?