Immanuel Lutheran Church from Wahepton, North Dakota made their first visit to serve at YLM earlier this summer. Their pastor had made a few visits in the past with a previous congregation and was excited to introduce his new members to El Paso and work them to change lives through acts of kindness. After a long drive to the border from North Dakota, the team rested and jumped right to work the next morning. They spent some time with the doctors and staff of the Rotacare medical clinic, helped organize and put away pallet after pallet of donations which had been flowing into campus at a high rate. All this even before the “actual” serving started. Pretty good way to begin a mission trip.
The task assigned to the team was to build a home for a couple near the Iglesia Santa Bible in Anapra. The team brought several experienced construction workers and the work progressed quickly as the house began to take shape from a simple cement slab into a new home for the couple. In addition to the house build, the team spent one day at the church working with the children at the King’s Table lunch on some crafts, songs, and Bible studies. You could tell from the smiles on the faces of both the children and the group that despite the language barrier, a smile and the completion of simple acts of kindness can and do change lives.