This past week, we were able to work with the Iglesia Cristiana Bautista El Mesías church locally in Juana Diez, Puerto Rico. I met some incredible Puerto Rican people who were overflowing with their passion for Christ & couldn’t wait to put that passion into action by building houses. It was a great thing to be a part of.
For five days, a crew of 11 of us worked on a woman’s house in a rural area of Juana Diez, putting a new tin roof on the house, as well as finishing up a lot of interior + exterior wood paneling. The best part was being able to see the future homeowners’ faces when we finished up, presented them with a picture of our group, the sign above & a Bible [“Santa Biblia” in Spanish…]. The homeowner had twins who were 10 years old. Their names were Anton & Marisa, who were the cutest kids EVER!
I was able to be the group’s translator using the Spanish I know, which was a really neat thing that was pretty unexpected for me. Along with working for the five days & fellowship with others who wanted to serve, we were also able to do some sightseeing in the beautiful countryside, as well as go snorkeling & getting to swim in a bioluminescant bay ~ amazing to see God’s creation so clearly right in front of you!
I STRONGLY suggest that if you have never been on any type of mission trip before, that you find one, pack your bags & go. God will be able to use you in ways you don’t think are possible. He will pull you WAAAY out of your comfort zone, which is a really good thing, actually…
God did some crazy things, so stay posted for more about the specifics that I learned through the preaching & everyday life in Puerto Rico!