Accompanied by teacher sponsor Mrs. Filibert plus 3 adult chaperones, 10 Berean Christian juniors (Class of 2018) journeyed to Baja California January 11-16 to serve at "Open Arms," a daycare center whose purpose is to prevent child abandonment while keeping families together.
Trip coordinator, Berean Christian junior DJ Allen, reports as follows:
Last summer, upon returning from another missions trip to Mexico, I felt God telling me I needed to plan a [similar] trip for my junior class. I couldn't remember the last time I felt so urged by God, so that meant "start planning!" After consulting with [Principal] Dr. Noriega, I began planning where we would go and what we would do. The main plan included volunteering at a day care center, Open Arms, that prevents child abandonment [through] keeping families together.
We, as a group, stayed at Open Arms' "dorms" near their campus in La Mision, Baja California, Mexico. Throughout the week, we had the opportunity to make and deliver care packages to families who have children in their care. Seeing the way people live, and what they find contentment in, quickly reminded all that that we need to be [thankful] for all aspects in life that are often taken for granted.
Another opportunity we had included visiting an orphanage nearby where we were able to tour and play with the kids. Yet again, it was a place where all kids were joyful despite hardships. On Sunday, we visited a bilingual church. It was a divine meeting where believers, despite language differences, could worship together.
All in all, this Junior Class Mexico missions trip was, and will always be, one of the best trips of my life.