The Mexico mission trip with Back2Back Ministries was definitely one of the most impactful experiences of my life. First of all, I learned that a group of nearly-strangers (17 of us!) can come together and become an authentic and unified team when we all put Christ ahead of ourselves and take on a servant’s heart. Secondly, under the leadership of the superb staff at Back2Back, we received excellent training on how to work more effectively with kids from challenging backgrounds. That was one of the biggest positive surprises for me–the ministry really invests in those who are coming to serve with them, even though we are there for only a few days.
The experience was humbling; it was and is almost overwhelming to think about how God has blessed me with so many privileges when others have so little. This was the most poignant for me when we were doing our prayer walk through the kids’ residences on our last day there.
As I reflect back two weeks after returning from Monterrey, I can see that God used this trip to clearly remind me of my need to trust him to guide my path and my decisions. He has chosen me for a purpose and that is to serve him wholeheartedly.
~ Russ Baker
This trip was truly life changing in so many ways for me. My prayer from the beginning was that God would push me out of my comfort zone, although I didn’t really know how that would happen. I’m a teacher who was going to work at an orphanage, so everything seemed right up my alley. Throughout the week, I was given opportunities to do two major things which I never in a million years would have thought I’d volunteer for. The first was climbing up onto a roof to apply thick layers of Thermotek to keep water from leaking into the house. The second was to build a wall on the entrance of the orphanage. I gained a new respect for cement trucks that mix cement for you, but we did it by hand with shovels two days in a row. God definitely gave me so many little situations throughout the week that pushed me to new places in my faith as well, and I’m so extremely grateful.
Overall, the most encouraging parts of this trip were the relationships built and amazing teamwork that came with that. I have never met a group of people who come together from all different places in life, but mesh like family. During the most intense projects, our team worked so well together taking over when others needed a moment to grab water or just rest. I can’t accurately express how amazing the teamwork was. I truly believe this was possible because of everyone’s openness to forming new relationships and growing together as a group. God brought us together for a reason, and I really feel that we were able to make a huge impact during such a short time spent in Mexico. I cant wait to go back and work with Back2back again!
~ Brianna Baker
Amazing. If there was one word that could describe this trip it would be amazing. It all began with a team of 17 strangers ranging in ages from 9 to 60 coming together for one purpose…to serve the body of Christ. More specifically, children who have come from very hard places and the caregivers and staff that serve them day in and day out.
Our first day was a very long day that began around 3:00 a.m. for most of the group. As we arrived at the airport wearing our TPCC Missions shirts rubbing the sleep from our eyes, the excitement started to build. The luggage was checked and everyone made it through security successfully and the plane was boarded safely. First to Chicago and then it was on to Monterrey.
As the wheels touched the ground, smiles began to emerge and excitement and anticipation was all over the faces of our group. We were greeted in the airport by two Back2Back staff who escorted us to the bus that would take us to the Monterrey campus of B2B. The bus ride was about an hour-long and very bumpy but that soon faded from our minds as the beautiful Sierra Madre mountains came into view. Wow! What an amazing display of God’s splendor and majesty.
As our bus rolled into the Back2Back campus we were greeted by cheers from the staff and interns. What an amazing welcome! The rest of our day was relaxing and informative as we toured the campus and enjoyed an orientation of what we were going to experience for the next week.