The groups of college students that come to Mexico City for Spring Break mission trips have been an important part of our outreach. More than 600 students have come from the USA during the last seven years, including groups from Wayne State College. That campus is a special to me. I started the Wayne State Campus Crusade ministry in fall 2000. The organization has impacted many lives since then, mine included. They still call it “Campus Crusade for Christ” and have not changed their name. The organization continues the mission we started with 13 years ago, to impact the campus with the hope found in Jesus.
That mission came with the 12 Wayne State students in March who traveled to Mexico City. For the first time in the seven-year Spring Break process, I stayed with the students in the dormitory at the Mother Theresa of Calcutta home. I have remained in my apartment before, but this time wanted to “do life” in a different way with the students. Our week’s mission was to bring Christ to people and learn from the poor. We started out by taking my “adopted” group of street kids hiking in the mountains. That was an amazing experience as many of those kids had never before been outside of the city for a day like this. We followed the hike with a sports outreach to kids in a mission in the southern part of the city. We worked on that with our missionary friends Tina and Tiffany. We also spent time with the girls in a safe house for victims of trafficking, and three times visited a shelter for 300 elderly women who are homeless and have no family. We also took time to renew ourselves with God’s word and good fun. We attended a Bible study taking place at a University campus my staff has worked with for many years. I had a good time introducing the students to my favorite tacos and churros. I enjoyed stepping into the life of each of the students; we had non-stop conversations.