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.

To date over 70 homes have been built by GCA students. This could not have been possible without the past support of generous community and corporate donors. The building supplies and construction cost for each home is $10,000 (CAD) and our current Grade 9 students are hoping to raise enough funds to build three new homes on their trip this coming June, 2022.

 

The entirety of a donation can be directed towards the cost of a home build, with gifts over $25.00 issued a tax receipt and no portion taken for administrative fees. Alternatively, a donation may also be directed toward a general student fund, helping subsidize the overall participation and travel costs associated with the trip. However, to receive a donation tax credit, this designation can not be directed toward any one student and would instead benefit all participants pro-rata.

 

Thank you for your consideration in partnering with our students to reach this goal. Any financial support you can contribute would be very appreciated and would help make this year’s trip a continuing success. While every donation dollar makes a difference, we would like to make a special acknowledgement for a major contribution. If a donor wishes to fund a home in its entirety, the generosity can be acknowledged with a named plaque, alongside a photo with the new homeowners, as a memento of thanks. Donations are due by the end of May and commitments are welcomed anytime beforehand. Again, thank you for considering partnering with our students as they minister and practically make a difference in the lives of others.

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