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Kids With a Mission

Tony Lane


Some flew on an airplane for the first time. Others left the comfort of the United States for the first time. Many saw poverty for the first time. Everyone returned changed forever.

Poza Rico, Mexico

Riding on a bus without air conditioning in 110-degree heat is not what motivated me to take 54 children and adults on our annual short-term mission trip. But the changes we observed in our children and the children at the Casa Hogar orphanage in Poza Rica, Mexico, confirmed what God had called us to do. The following journal excerpts highlight the lessons we learned.

Wednesday: Travel

Left home early and drove to the Atlanta airport, where our group of 54 children and adults met. Everyone was excited! After arriving in Mexico City and going through customs, we boarded a bus at the airport and departed on our journey.

The first meal we had together was a quick bite at McDonald's just outside of Mexico City. My first instruction was no special food orders. But inevitably, Bill didn't want ketchup, Sue hated onions, and John wanted cheese.

Lesson 1: You can't always have it your way.

After lunch, we boarded the bus for the seven-hour journey. Kids really do speak a universal language. They got acquainted, shared stories, and sang songs to pass the time as they viewed the Mexico countryside out their windows.

At the hotel, each person was responsible for getting his or her luggage to an assigned room. Kids had to take responsibility seriously during a trip of this magnitude. Mom and Dad weren't there to take care of things. For some, that was a stretching experience. For others, flexibility was the most difficult lesson to learn.

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