Called for a Reason
By Alyssa Elting, member of the Youth Mexico Mission Team.
[On July 8th] I was on a plane getting ready to land in Mazatlan, Mexico. I was excited and scared for the week ahead of me. I had no idea what to expect and I put walls up that I thought would make my experience there better. I was afraid to talk to the kids because I knew they wouldn't understand me. I was afraid to do something wrong and I didn't want to upset the families I was working with. Little did I know that throughout the next week every house, every kid, every intern and every person I came in contact with would break down one of those walls.
I met kids who have little to nothing but were so happy and I couldn't understand why. I couldn't figure out why each kid that came up to me, embraced me with the biggest hug they could possibly give, and looked up with the biggest smile on their face.
As the week went on I figured out that no word, no song, no hug or no look could help do the job I went down to do. The only thing I could do was love these kids like Christ loves me.
Each children’s home I went to was different then the next; one was for kids with disabilities, one was for girls who have been abused, one was for families who were kicked out of their homes, and there were so many more.
I can't express the love I have for each person down there and for each person that works for Back2Back Ministries. I encourage you if you have never been on a mission trip to take one, and take it through Back2Back! This organization does AMAZING things and is growing each day. Please, look into what Back2Back does and take a trip of your own; experience what I have experience because I promise it will change your life.
I just wanted to say thank you to all the interns and staff that helped make my week in Mazatlan one to remember and a week that changed my life forever. I love you all. If you have any questions about my trip please ask them because I will gladly answer them. God does amazing things, and he calls people places for a reason, take a risk and answer if he is calling you! Be the light for Christ in this dark world
- Alyssa Elting