by Pastor Paul Moy
God has used Mexicali mission trips to change so many lives forever. Every year we load up a team of high school students and adult staff and head off to Mexicali for a remarkable week of ministry. This year was our largest team in Evergreen SGV’s history. We had 35 students and 11 adult leaders. We split the group into three teams to serve at three churches.
Every morning when we arrived at our ministry site, we were greeted by dozens of eager children who were ready for the student led Vacation Bible School. They loved the activities, skits, projects and games as planned. In the evenings, the students had opportunities to host outreach meetings where they shared their testimonies and helped lead worship. Some teams got to help feed the homeless.
There were so many highlights from this trip. I loved watching the students and adult leaders serve, teach, share and love the people in Mexico. I remember our first ministry evening; one team was helping out at the church’s soup kitchen. The students presented a powerful skit about God's true love for us. After the skit, a few of the homeless men were moved to tears. Shortly after, Pastor Jaime gave the gospel message in correlation of the skit. He gave an invitation of repentance and a dozen men gave their lives to Christ that evening. The students and I were blown away to see so many come to faith. Almost every day that week, we saw someone come to faith. The greatest miracle is to witness a spiritually dead man come to life.
One of the greatest moments of being a youth pastor is seeing our students grow. In Mexicali, our students were more focused on ministering to others than in receiving for themselves. They took good care of each other, sacrificing their time to make sure their teammates got the help and healing they needed. Our teens would instinctively come alongside other teammates to lend them prayer support. They also surrounded children and adult members from the church to cover them in prayer. It was so encouraging to see Christ's love poured out to each other: Teens to teens, adult to teens, teens to adults.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35