all we need is faith working through love

Galatians 5:6. It’s the verse that Faith Ministry lives by. Faith Ministry is the ministry that I started working with in 2006 that led me to my passion for Mexico and the people that live there. The ministry is located in Reynosa and Miguel Aleman, Mexico, and in McAllen, Texas. They are dedicated to working along the border, providing homes for people that need them, as well as medical services, scholarships for children, and a church community. Every year, church groups from the U.S. go down and spend a week working with Mexican volunteers to build a house for a family in need. The ministry works on sweat equity, so the volunteers working are ones that are working toward their own house. I’ve spent many wonderful hours over the past 5 years, working under the hot, HOT Mexican sun, mixing concrete and laying block, and making some really great friends.

My mom and my friend Gali in Reynosa

This week, my mom (lucky her!) is in Reynosa with a group from my home church in Raleigh. I couldn’t be more jealous of them, especially because I’ve gone to Reynosa for the past two years over my fall break. But I’m so excited for them to, and I know God is doing great things there this week. Unfortunately, there have been a lot fewer groups working with the ministry because of the violence occurring on the border and the hype it has received from the media. It’s hard to see the effect that this has had on my brothers and sisters that live in Mexico. But I know God is faithful, and He will protect them no matter what. And to anyone thinking about visiting the border for missions, consider taking a leap of faith and trust that God will protect you too.

“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” – Hebrews 3:4