For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
I've spent the week combing through picture and video footage of our youth and parents in Mexico last week. This year, we had the privilege of using a time lapse camera gifted to us by a generous JCPC member. It captured the building of the exterior of this small house over two days. And we used other cameras to capture the changes from the inside. It's incredible to see the transformation inside and out in just three days with the work of a dedicated community.
This is the second build in three years for our youth group and about half the group worked on the last house. We got to visit that house and that family, which was so inspiring. Their lives have stability and joy like never before. But it is just as incredible to me as their leader to see how much our youth have transformed in those intervening years. The youth who were just rising sophomores and juniors back then walked onto the foundation and the roof as seasoned rising seniors and college freshmen. They taught younger youth the skills they would need this week and did so with new maturity and wisdom. They worked harder and with greater purpose. Like the house, they've been transformed inside and out through time and people dedicated to making disciples of them.
This Sunday, our youth will tell you their story and share pictures and experiences of the week-long trio serving in Mexico at both 9 and 11. I hope you'll make time to be at one or both services and see and hear how they and the people we have served have been transformed. Maybe, one day you can join us in the mission field or at the shelter or for a Sunday evening. Help us build God's kingdom.