At Christ Church, we exist to make, mature and mobilize disciples of Jesus Christ by loving Jesus and loving like Jesus in the world. While many times that happens right here in Memphis, the call of Christ has global implications, and we are committed to reaching the nations with the Gospel. This year, Christ Church will take trips to visit three of our partners: Bethlehem Bible College in Israel, New Life Children’s Home in Guatemala and Yugo Ministries in Mexico. GO 2017 will take a look at these trips each Friday, continuing this week with Mary Elizabeth Pittman, trip leader for this year’s trip to Mexico.

What will the team do this year in Mexico?
We are going to build homes for families that are currently living in either tents or lean-tos. We help them build a modest home that helps them stay healthier, do their jobs better and the children have more success in schools. At the end of the week, we get to actually present the keys of the house to the family. This relationship can keep going too with Facebook.

This trip specifically is a family trip; what advice would you give to parents serving with their kids?
Go- that’s for sure. Take your kids with you while they’re at home. Our oldest two kids are out of the house, and we aren’t on the same schedules anymore. While you have somewhat control over schedules, you need to make sure that you don’t miss this opportunity. It’s just been so good for our family to just be together, away from Memphis, and doing something for someone else.

How have you seen God move on this trip?
The morning and evening worship times were incredible. To be able to be in that kind of worship with our team is a really special memory and something that I’m looking forward to again. Also, we go to church with the residents once as well, and that’s a really moving experience. It showed us that Church is so much bigger than just Christ Methodist. Sometimes I feel like we’re in our own bubble, and to travel to another country that’s a small dot on the map but still be able to sing the same songs and worship the same God is special.

What if I have never been on a mission trip before? What advice would you give to me?
Yugo Mexico was my first trip, and it took me out of my comfort zone. It was eye opening though, and you’ll want to go back year after year. Don’t let fear stand in the way. I don’t like to fly, and I still don’t like it, but it’s something that I do every year. You definitely won’t regret it.

Why should I give up a week of my summer to go to Mexico?
There are so many different dimensions and reasons–Student Ministry is going, Shane and Ty are both going, students from East High are going and of course I’m leading the trip–but most importantly, it’s so special to get to know families at the church that you might normally just pass in the hallways. Mission trips were the way for our family to build community and friendships within the church. It gave us a chance to really know others at Christ Church, and we’ll forever have that bond with the teams that we have gone with.

 

Don’t miss your chance to join part of this team going back to Mexico June 10-17! For more information, including cost and registration, visit cumcmemphis.org/goglobal. Registration deadline is March 31.

Questions about the trip? Please contact Bob Whitsitt at bobw@cumcmemphis.org.

Read previous Go 2017’s: Tom Fuerst on IsraelMarc and Jessica Walters on GuatemalaTy Garvey on Mexico, Ken and Lisa Dunavant on Israel

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