Tuesday, 19 June 2018

#lhmex2019 _ IT'S HAPPENING _

I'm pretty excited at this point.  

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19 & 20

As ministry seasons come and go, there's a variety of events that I get a little excited about.  
- preparing sermons and study or discussion contents
- profession of faith classes
- church campout and youth retreats
to name a few.

I have to say, that above all of these events and gatherings of people, I get the most excited about seeing a Youth Mexico Missions Team come together.  I spent some time today preparing the latest #lhmex2019 registration packet.  It had me looking at past pictures, and even reading through some of the posts on this very blog.  I found myself looking forward to seeing what the Lord would do with this new team, that has yet to form.

The main reason why that this trip excites me so much is getting the opportunity to hear about how these trips have impacted the faith journey's of our students.  On April 29, 2018 - we at Living Hope CRC, witnessed five students make their professions of faith - each one of them mentioned their prior Mexico trip as deeply formative in their journey.  As they saw the Lord work in incredible ways, they heard His voice, they felt His love.  Then just the other week, I went to the EPIC I AM presentations at ACS, and heard a number of students there, reflect on their faith experiences throughout their time at ACS.  Most of them identified this trip as one of the most impactful moments of their faith journey, as they indicated that when separated from the usual patterns of life, they saw something connect between themselves and God was in pursuit of their hearts.

Another reason why I get excited about this trip, is that back in 1997, my own parents signed me up for a very similar trip when I was 16.  Through an amazing story of a very passionate God who wanted my heart - I gave it to Him on March 17, 1997 at 7.02pm - in the old YWAM chapel in downtown Tijuana.  I experienced radical change in my life, and continue to seek out the same change in the lives of our students at Living Hope and beyond.

This is about the GO'ing that Christ commanded of us in the reference above.  Yes, we can GO about in Abbotsford, in Mission & Chilliwack.  We can GO to the US, to Africa, and Asia.  Here, we're signing up to be a part of what He is doing in Mexico already, supporting those who are there each and every day.  

So, on July 1st, 2018, I'll make available at our church, and online, the registration packets for the next youth Mexico Missions Team. 

Here is our team from 2017 and the house we built for a family of four.

Here is our team from 2017 at Casa de Gracia (house of grace) Orphanage, where we taught bible lessons, played games, danced, and had an amazing water fight.

Here is our team from 2017 at La Roca Ranch - a place where men come to recover from addiction.  We've played many games of volleyball there - and lost every time.  There's something about Mexican Volleyball rules that we just can't seem to figure out ... :)

Padre Chava - a place where MANY (1000's) come for breakfast EACH DAY.  It's run completely by volunteers, and has a very rigid system.  

I'll be looking for 20 students (grades 9-12 in the coming school year), and 4 more leaders to join this team.  Pray, think, talk with family - maybe this is something for you!

Monday, 20 March 2017


Well, we're all home.

We got off the bus, greeted our waiting parents and other rides. 

We said a prayer of thanksgiving.

And we all found our way home.

What an amazing God inspired adventure this was.  It was so amazing to participate in this trip and see so many lives impacted for the Kingdom of God.

It was also so amazing to come home to my amazing wife, and to see my three amazing girls in the morning.  

As we all settle back into somewhat normal routines - it is still spring break - I ask that you continue to pray for our students as the make his adjustment.  It's not always the easiest thing to do after you've done and seen so much.  

We here in Canada are so fortunate.  May we live into that blessing, as learn more and more how to share what we've been given.

I'm signing off for a while.  I can't wait to catch up with each and every team member.

May God bless you all, and may God bless those who we have met, encouraged, and where blessed by.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Back in CANADA!!

The title says it all!

Back at the church in 10mins (or less)!!

On a bus!

I've never really ever looked forward to being on a school bus.  But - HERE WE ARE!!!


Google maps tells me we should be at the church within two hours.  11.15pm.  Plus BORDER crossing.  

We're all pretty stoked to see you all!!

Still on the train.

So - we're still on the train.  Although, nearing the end.  We're within three hours of Seattle now.  

However, we are running a little behind schedule.

Which would mean we're going to be a touch later at the church. 

I'll update this once we get into Seattle, and get on the bus, and then once again, after we cross the Canadian border.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Back on train.

We're travelling north!!

For the most part, we got here without a problem.

Friday, 17 March 2017

DAY 7 | elderly club, markets, and beach

So, today has arrived.  It's the last day of our trip, we're starting our way home tomorrow morning - getting in a bus at 2.45am.  That's just not cool.

Today though, is really the day that I've been looking forward to.  

It's weird to say that - but hear me out.

On the last night's of our trips, we spend some extra time debriefing our week - chatting about what we've done, where we went, and what God was teaching us.  

I challenged the team to spend 45minutes, on their own, writing out what they did all week, and in doing that - looking at what God allowed them to experience.  Then, they were to read some scripture.  Anything.   Just as long as they read it with their experiences of the last week in mind.  

And so we did just that. 

We came back together, and talked about the exercise, and the value of carving out time for reading God's word, and reflecting upon our lives.  Most came back saying that we didn't get enough time!!  I invited a few students to share about their time in scripture, asking them what God was teaching them through it.

The responses were fantastic - I wish I could remember them all.

We heard about enjoyment in reading scriptures.  One student told us about how much they've read the bible, but tonight, was one of the first times they took joy in it.  Another student had a similar experience, identifying a new closeness through it to God.

Another student talked about how they found themselves living in the fruits of the Spirit.

Another student told us about difficult times in life, and overcoming them through Christ.  

The Lord did so much more in us, and He used this time to draw us closer to Him - all the while using us to bless many others.  I can't wait for you all to hear more personally the stories of our whole trip!  

I thank the Lord for the opportunity to take your students on trips like this.  It's a real joy to see so much growth in them.  Thanks for entrusting them to me, and our leadership team. 

2.45am is coming.  


My 2.15am alarm, even quicker.  

Check back to see about our travel.


Here's a few pics...

First thing this morning, we went to an "elderly club" - And I taught this guy a really simple solitaire-type card game.  I would tell you his name, but even our translator had a hard time with it.  We played the game for the entire time we were there.  I told him we weren't going to leave until we beat the game.  The AMAZING part was that when we were told it was time to go, we had just started another game - and we BEAT THE GAME!!!!! The third time in my life that I had beat it!!! He was so overjoyed - and as was I.  

Our typical team on the beach pic.  This time, no silhouette.  
It's been pretty foggy here on the coast.  

And of course, you gotta try the jump pic.