More than 20 Corban University students are putting their hands, hearts and words into action during a spring break mission trip on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico.
Twenty-two Corban students and one alumnus will build two homes that are 11x22 feet wide for families in need. Though they may be the size of many sheds in the United States, they represent much more to the families and the volunteers who build them.
The mission team hit the I-5 corridor on Friday for San Diego. Once they arrive, there won’t be time for rest as they connect with Amor Ministries, transfer all of their gear into other vans and finish the drive to Tecate, Mexico. Once they arrive at camp, they will spend their days pouring concrete, building a roof and walls, applying stucco and anything else needed.
Senior Kaitlyn Ragan and Sophomore Kenna Gugudan coordinated the mission through the Associated Student Body.
“This is my third spring break mission trip and my first coordinating it,” Ragan said. “You never know how challenging things are until you’re in charge of them.” One of the biggest obstacles was transportation to San Diego. The pair asked more than 20 churches if the ASB could borrow their vans and each time was turned down, primarily because of insurance requirements.
At 10 a.m. the day before they left, the team was finally able to rent vans through a local rental agency and found an enclosed trailer to pack their gear in. Ragan admitted it was a test of her patience, but also solidified her knowledge that God was in charge and that He would put everything in place.
Several team members will also hold vacation Bible school for children in the morning.
“Although we have a core VBS team, everyone will have a chance to do VBS while we are there because I think that is important,” Ragan said. “It is an opportunity for us to share our love of Jesus with the kids and get to play with them.”
The journey is also an opportunity for the students, many of whom know each other only in passing, to develop Christ-centered relationships with one another. Although there were setbacks prior to the trip, Ragan acknowledged God’s role in the planning and execution of the mission.
“God has really shown us that if we are patient and faithful, he will get us there,” Ragan said. “It’s only because of Him that this trip can happen and He hasn’t let us down.
“It’s a shock to see how the people live and just to see how a home can change the family’s whole life,” she added. “It’s a humbling experience and I am so glad I can be part of it.”
The mission team will return to Salem March 27.