Mexico Mission Trips
Reflections by Former Youth Pastor Mark Ellingson
One year, while attempting to bring a trailer full of building supplies across the border, we found we had spent too much money in proportion to the three people we were bringing into Mexico. The corrupt, local Federales wanted some personal money from us. It was late in the day and there was nothing we could do. I was elected to stay with the supplies in a cheap motel until the next morning, when additional team members came to get me and the supplies.
Despite the many times I had been there, Tom Lamoureux and I got lost, meandering through parts of Reynosa only a drug lord would know. Because we went to the same church year after year, we established great relationships with the people. One winter we paid for one of their bilingual regulars, Yolanda, to come see snow for the first time. She spent several days here, including a trip to our winter retreat.
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