As has been their tradition for more than 10 years, mission minded students from Martin Luther Chapel at Michigan State University traded the opportunity for sun and sand at the beach for the sun and sand of the Chihuahua Desert. Once again, the group of 12 arrived ready for some of El Paso’s warm weather, spring winds, and the challenge of building a home for a family in Juarez in just four days.
This year, the destination for the team was La Iglesia Santa Biblia, formerly known as Sin Paredes, in Anapra on the west side of Juarez for Ivonne, her husband, and their children. This house was to be the first house they ever had of their own and one could see the excitement in their faces each day as the construction progressed. Ivonne says the new home will give her and her family a new sense of stability and belonging.
The students were able to overcome some small challenges and grow as a team and hand over the keys to Ivonne on Thursday afternoon after a short blessing with the students, family, and neighbors. Friday was a free day for them to explore west Texas and continue their team building activities as they formed a stronger bond together and a stronger faith through serving their friends across the border. We look forward to next spring as we do it all again and reminisce about the good times of this year.