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

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Most of the things you hear in the news about Mexico are either about 1. their soccer team, or 2. the violence. The first time I traveled there was in 2006, and since then, I feel like I’ve been a Mexican at heart; my friend who lives in Monterrey even calls me a “honorary Mexican.” The violence in Mexico is something I’ve always denied to friends and family, maybe so that they wouldn’t be nervous all of the 11 times that I’ve been. But to be honest, violence is a reality in Mexico. It’s not something I’ve experience there, but it’s something that exists and that affects thousands of Mexicans on a daily basis.

In a Ted Talk from this month, Emiliano Salinas, son of former president Carlos Salinas, suggests that the situation in Mexico is not something to be denied. It exists, so let’s face it in a peaceful manner, he says. Although it’s directed at people living in Mexico, I think Salinas has a lot to say to everyone that has an opinion (or not) about the violence there. And, it was the first talk posted on Ted in a language other than English! Go Spanish!

“Mahatma Gandhi, uno de los más grandes luchadores civiles de la historia, dijo: “Debes ser el cambio que quieres ver en el mundo”. En México hoy se buscan Gandhis. Necesitamos Gandhis. Necesitamos hombres y mujeres que amen a México y estén dispuestos a tomar acción.”

“Mahatma Gandi, one of the greatest civil fighters of all time, said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Today in Mexico, we are asking for Gandhis. We need Gandhis. We need men and women who love Mexico and who are willing to take action.”