Mexico City Update – 6 (Clothing the Poor)

We’re home. Glad to be here for a couple of days before I leave for a week of camp. But I can’t help but think of what an amazing day Monday was in Mexico City. It was by far the high point of the mission trip.

Monday we left the house early for a little Mexican village about 2 hours north of Mexico City. We spent the major part of the day working in a little park where kids play soccer, basketball and play on playground equipment. We worked hard, and then we were invited to play a game of soccer with some of the locals, in which we were killed.

Following the soccer game, the church members treated us to a Mexican feast, which they called “barbacoa”. They offered us their very best food. We explained to the kids earlier that day … whatever you are offered … eat it! The food was pork, lamb and other Mexican favorites.

Later that day, we took clothes that we had gathered from our own closets before we left Childress, and drove to an area of Apaxico where the poorest lived. We pulled into a little neighborhood, opened the tailgate on the pickup and people started coming from everywhere. We gave out shirts, pants and a few hats to those who have nearly nothing. It was gut-wrenching watching how we made these people so happy with what I’d considered our “leftovers.” I wasn’t sure how I felt. Had I really sacrificed anything offering only my used clothes? I became emotional watching the children speak to me in the universal language of a smile. I couldn’t understand their language and they couldn’t understand mine … but their eyes and smiles said everything. They were so beautiful and I wanted to give more, but had nothing else. I took pictures while the others gave away the clothes. When we got back from the clothing give away … my heart broke again when I saw our teenagers crying. They’d been touched by this more than anything else.

One of our youth group’s beautiful teenage girls summed it up best when she said with tears rolling down her cheeks, “I think I need so much to make me happy, then I see these children that are so happy just to have a used shirt… I realize I’m so blessed.”

“…For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'”

I know there’s a lot of pictures … I just wanted you to get “visual” idea of what we experienced. Again, thanks for letting me share our Mexico mission activities with you!

The feast of pork and lamb we had for our supper.

We pulled up on a dirt street among some homes and the people came running.

Trying on clothes outside their home.

A new hat and a new shirt for one little boy and a smile from his sister.

Giving out clothes from the back of a pickup.

One of their homes.

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  1. Brandon Price says:

    That’s beautiful stuff. And there is yet another reason we need to put more focus on missions…to get the young people to actually realize (realizing and knowing are two different things) that it’s not about them.

    I’m glad you had a great trip.

  2. DJG says:

    Thank you for sharing and especially for the pictures. Sometimes it is hard to know how others live…and how important it is to share. What a great opportunity you have given to these young people to serve.

  3. jel says:

    Glad that y’all had a safe trip home,

    And thank you for showing us, just how BLESSED that we really ARE!!!!

  4. Toni Burns says:

    Trey I am so glad that you guys had such a great time in Mexico. God used you guys to bless many and it sounds like He opened eyes and hearts.
    We were blessed to have lunch with you. Sorry we didn’t make it to Childress for a PBJ – glad we got to eat together in Mexico. Toni

  5. Anonymous says:

    we walked through the favelas/slums of belo horizonte when I was on a Harding campaign. it does have an effect. your teens will be changed.

    sounds like a great trip.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Powerful words and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    :) Thank All of You for caring for the poor as Jesus would do! How many preachers actualy help the poor?

    Brandon Voss

    ps. new web template for coming next few days.

  8. Greg says:

    We’ve had exactly the same experiences in our many trips down into San Felipe. Seems no matter where we’ve gone in that country, the poverty is the same … and the gratitude for anything we do for them. What they never see is how much they change us! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  9. preacherman says:

    God bless you brother. What powerfu, moving pictures. Thanks for sharing with us all. I know that this trip has been life changing for all who have God with you to Mexico.

  10. Greg says:

    I gotta say that pot of pork and lamb would be about all I need to go on a serious diet! After seeing that, I had to put off eating my 3rd donut for a few minutes. But I’m much better now!

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