Mexico 2008 - One Spirit

By Danny Gulden, Mexico Mission Trip Director and Chief Bano Cleaner

When most young people say that they are going to Mexico for Spring Break, they are most likely NOT going to build houses for the poor. However, youth missionaries and young-at-heart sponsors from Sandy Springs Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will spend April 5- April 12 in Tijuana, Mexico doing just that.

Working with AMOR Ministries (AMOR is Spanish for “love” and an acronym for Aiding Mexican Orphans and Refugees) our Mexico 2008 Mission Team will build 2 houses start to finish. The homes are11’ x 22’, divided into two rooms – with a cement foundation, and stucco finished exterior. These houses will provide a much more livable space than those in which the families currently live. The houses are designed by locals to blend in with the community, not to set up walls of social division between the recipients and their neighbors in the community.

While the purpose of the trip is to build houses, it is also about building lives. We will spend a week immersed in a culture very different from our own, sharing the experiences and learning much from those served. This mission experience creates a cross-cultural understanding through direct exposure to the Mexican way of life. Through immersion in the conditions of poverty, we will better understand it.

We will discover that poverty comes in many shapes and sizes. When you take students out of their comfort zones – where they compare themselves only to one another and not to those different from themselves – they begin to discover just how fortunate they are. They are well fed, educated, safe, and supplied with most everything their hearts’ desire. What we will discoverer in the midst of an experience such as this is that their hearts desire something else, something more: meaning, purpose, gratitude, even love. In those areas, many of us in our culture are poor.

This will be SSCC’s 13th trip to Mexico. Sandy Springs Christian Church is fully invested in the Mexico Mission Trip and has supported the youth missionaries in numerous ways throughout the years. This support has been critical to the effectiveness of this mission. Thus far we have built twenty-one houses, and changed countless lives on both sides of the border. For more information or to support the Mexico Mission Trip through your gifts, please contact Danny Gulden at 404-256-2582.


Mexico 2007- “Let Your Light Shine”

By Danny Gulden, Director of Youth Ministries (and chief Bano cleaner)

When most young people say that they are going to Mexico for Spring Break, they are most likely NOT going to build houses for the poor. However, 39 youth and young-at-heart missionaries spent March 31- April 7 in Tijuana, Mexico doing just that. Our theme for this year’s trip was “Let Your Light Shine” and each participant did just that, spreading God’s love.

Working with AMOR Ministries (AMOR is Spanish for “love” and an acronym for Aiding Mexican Orphans and Refugees) our Mexico 2007 Mission Team built 2 houses start to finish. The homes are located in the Cerro Colorado neighborhood, one of the poorest sections of Tijuana. The homes are11’ x 22’, divided into two rooms – with a cement foundation, and stucco finished exterior. These houses will provide a much more livable space than those in which the families currently live. The houses were designed by locals to blend in with the community, not to set up walls of social division between the recipients and their neighbors in the community.

While the purpose of the trip is to build houses, it is also about building lives. We spent a week immersed in a culture very different from our own, sharing the experiences and learning much from those served. This mission experience created a cross-cultural understanding through direct exposure to the Mexican way of life. Through immersion in the conditions of poverty, we now better understand it.

We will also discover that poverty comes in many shapes and sizes. When you take students out of their comfort zones – where they compare themselves only to one another and not to those different from themselves – they begin to discover just how fortunate they are. They are well fed, educated, safe, and supplied with most everything their hearts’ desire. What we discovered in the midst of an experience such as this is that their hearts desire something else, something more: meaning, purpose, gratitude, even love. In those areas, many of us in our culture are poor.

This was be SSCC’s 12th trip to Mexico. Thus far we have built twenty-one houses, and changed countless lives on both sides of the border.

The Mexico Mission Team invites all to join us for Mexico Celebration Sunday at SSCC on Sunday, April 22nd for one special worship service at 10 AM. The sanctuary fills up fast, so get here early. We look forward to sharing our stories and experiences with everyone through worship on this day.


SSCC celebrates another successful Youth Mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico in 2004

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When most young people say that they are going to Mexico for Spring Break, they are most likely NOT going to build houses for the poor. Working with AMOR Ministries (AMOR is Spanish for “love” and an acronym for Aiding Mexican Orphans and Refugees) our Mexico Mission Team usually builds 2 houses start to finish. The homes we build are not mansions - 11’ x 22’, divided into two rooms - but have a cement foundation and stucco finished exterior. These houses, designed by locals to blend in with the community so as not to set up walls of social division between the recipients and their neighbors, provide a much more livable space than those in which the families previously live.

While the purpose of the trip is to build houses, it is also about building lives. We immerse ourselves in a culture very different from our own, sharing the experiences and learning from those whom we serve. This mission experience creates a cross-cultural understanding through direct exposure to the Mexican way of life. Through immersion in the conditions of poverty, we can better understand it.

We also discover that poverty comes in many shapes and sizes. When you take rich kids out of their comfort zones - where they compare themselves only to one another and not to those different from themselves - they begin to discover just how fortunate they are. They are well fed, educated, safe, and supplied with most everything their hearts’ desire. What they discover in the midst of an experience such as this is that their hearts desire something else, something more: meaning, purpose, gratitude, even love. In those areas, many of us in our culture are poor.

SSCC has made nine consecutive trips to Mexico. This year we took a total group of 39 youth and adults, and we built 2 houses located about 3 blocks apart, to accommodate 2 families. Thus far, we have built fifteen houses and changed countless lives.

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