Spring Break conjurs up fun in the sun, kick back from school work, adventure and travel for most high school kids. Welcome to the Montemorelos, Mexico Spring Break Mission! Its all of the above, with sweat, dirt and a great sense of accomplishment.
For the last 2 spring breaks, I have lead a team of students in figuring out how to build a church in Montemorelos- a vey poor community outside of Monterrey. With religion so entertwined with daily life, the church is the community center of this small town. The town does not have the resources to build a nearby church, forcing folks to walk many miles for worship, comfort, hope, friendship. Learning how to fix things at home with my Dad and my focus on engineering and math I was able to direct students on how to literally construct the walls- mixing cement, measuring and cutting beams, doing finish work etc.
Along the way, we taught English to local children, played soccer with cloistered nuns and developed a sense of family with the townspeople. They were thrilled to see the walls go up, feeding us during the day to give us strength. While building one church may not have global impact, it represents one small step in changing a community. If everyone could take one small step in every community, we could truly benefit the world.