Mexico Mission Trip

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For the last 30 years Glenmore Christian Academy has been taking a team of grade 9 students and staff to partner with Youth With A Mission and their Homes of Hope initiative. Every year since, these teams have fundraised money, travelled to these locations and have built homes for families that have living conditions that are, in many cases, sub-human. As much as these homes tangibly help shape the future of these families, the trip also helps shape a global perspective in the students and staff and aids in developing a heart to see the world become a better place.

This is a very practical opportunity for our students to carry out the part of our school mission: serving through love. The trip is a culmination of Christian leadership  and spiritual development for our Grade 9 students. They learn to build homes - but moreso, they learn to build deeper connections and participate in devotions and prayer ministry with Youth with a Mission. Students lead vacation Bible School programs, minister to children in orphanages and churches, present Christian dramas, share testimonies at shelters, work with senior citizens and more.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our silent auction!

Donors:

Glenmore Christian Academy Rentals

Heather Nelson Art

Azuridge Estate Hotel

Rachel Joyce Photography

Stewart Creek Golf Course

Sundance Balloons

Carnmoney Golf Club

Mike and Erin Nanninga

Flying Squirrel Calgary

Calgary Fastener and Tools Ltd.

Rally Point

Chairman's Steakhouse

Cineplex Seaton 

Stonehavens Kennels

The Bro"Kin Yolk

Xoxo Ice Cream

First Place Realty

BB.Q Chicken Midnapore

Bill Bakker Art

Beauty Counter

COBS Bread Legacy

School Start Back to School Supplies

Utopia Fitness

Rosebud Theatre

Norwex

Taylor'd Auto Aesthetics

GCA's Reil Athletics

Baskets & Bowls handcrafter rope vessels

Lindsay Nichols Photograpy

Browns SocialHouse Okotokos

Calgary Farmers' Market

Penner Farm Services

Beam & Ray

Charlie Bang Realty

Rviita Energy Tea

Estoria Pizzeria

Constituency office of Minister Tyler Shandro

Diamond Optical Shawnessy

Rosie Joan Jewelry

Surrideo Orthodontics

Yvonne Dixon

Chinook Bowladrome

Big Rock Inn

Canadian Brewhouse

Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology

Axcess Capital

Blink Beauty Services

JAC Sock of the Month Club

Mossy Rock Designs

Stockman's

Butterfield Acres Farm

Heritage Park Historical Village

Peter and Joyce Nederhoed

Pet Planet Millrise

B Fit 4 Life Calgary

Jill Weston Art

Hair Kix & Esthetics

Andrea Dean Pilates and Movement

An Alumni Perspective

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"I had looked forward to the Grade 9 Mexico trip for as long as I could remember. The graduating seniors would travel to Tijuana, Mexico to enjoy beaches, Pina Coladas, tanning, and some casual house building. Or so I thought. Pina Coladas were traded out for bottled waters, beaches were traded out for a worksite, and the only tan lines I got were from my farmer's tan. Though surprisingly, the week of grueling construction work trumped all vacations I’ve ever been on. When we pulled up to the worksite on day one, my heart sank to my stomach. Four people walked out of a house smaller than my bedroom, with the two children hiding behind their parents' legs. Seeing this impoverished environment, I expected the family to bear worn and hopeless expressions.

Yet, they wore the brightest smiles I’d ever seen. From this moment on, I swore to not only change the life of this much deserving family but also my own. I promised myself to start truly recognizing everything I have to be grateful for and to take full advantage of the edge life has given me so that I can later help others in need. Over the next few days, our team worked from morning till evening, pouring concrete and nailing planks. Building a house from scratch was definitely harder than I imagined. I fell asleep each night exhausted, and woke up sore out of my mind. So it was no surprise when some of my classmates became unmotivated and slacked off during the day. While nobody among us was in a leadership role, I took it upon myself to inspire and build confidence within my classmates. By continuously expressing gratitude, reminding both myself and others to be fully present, and fueling deep conversations about our goals and purpose for this journey, I began to see a positive change in attitudes and the overall atmosphere. Slowly but surely, the piles of wood began to actually resemble a house. As we had extra funds left at the end of the week, the team was able to go grocery shopping and stock the family up on necessities. I volunteered to be an accountant of sorts and kept track of expenditures on this shopping trip. On the last day, when we pushed up the four walls, my heart swelled with a sense of purpose. I knew that although this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I didn’t want it to be. This journey sparked my desperate need to help others, and I promised to embark on more adventures like this. When we handed the house keys to the parents, the father held his wife and children together as he burst out in tears. He repeatedly thanked us for providing a safe home in which his children can happily grow. So, although this experience doesn’t include any award or distinction, I consider it a great achievement to have had the opportunity to change the life of this family." - Elaine Chen, GCA Alumna, Class of 2018