Imagine a world where children are working at the age of seven. Where the only way there will be food on the table is if the entire family compensates. Imagine a world where shoes and clothes are too much for one family to afford, and the doctor's office has never been visited to. I went to this world once. This world is encompassed in a small town of El Rosario, Mexcio. I have been there three times in my life, and every year almost nothing has changed.
Every year my church, the Christian Center of Desert Hot Springs, California, prepare ourselves for our one week trip down to El Rosario. We conduct fundraisers and gift drives and we spread the word. And every year it is a success. We receive plenty of toys, food, clothes, furniture and building material from such generous people. Spring Break, to me, is my favorite vacation to take. Instead of going to the beach with friends or watching television all day, I take my week and use it for something good. The youth and some elders from the church travel down to Mexico with all our donations, and get ready for the week ahead. We are already provided with a family that a pastor from the church in El Rosario has recommended to us, feeling that they are in desperate need of a home. We find the building sit, and the entire week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. we are building the house. It is not a large house, but it is as much as we can do in only a short amount of time. My personal favorite is playing with all of the children. They are the sweetest children I have ever met. Not only do they give respect, they are so grateful of what they already have. Knowing that I am from America, I already have much more than what these people do, and yet they do not take anything for granted! They have shown me that I need to appreciate everything that I have in life because there are many more people out there that are not as lucky as I am.
Going to El Rosario every Spring Break is an absolute honor for me. Playing with the kids and building a house for a family is such a heart-warming experience. I believe that a little change can do so much for one family. Just watching their faces and the tears stream down their cheeks while they shout out to the Lord, "Thank you!" just brightens my day and lets me know that we answered someone's prayer, and we made a difference.