Mission to Monterrey
A few weeks ago, many students from Kings High School ventured across the world to Monterrey, Mexico, where they served the people there, specifically children who currently reside in a Children’s Home. The group went through an organization called Back2Back Ministries, an establishment that has locations of children’s homes all throughout the world. The specific children’s home that they visited was Douglas Children’s home, located minutes from the Back2Back campus.
Back2Back started in 1997, where Beth and Todd Guckenberger first landed in Monterrey, Mexico with a mission team. Exactly one year later, the first property was bought, and through the years they expanded to locations all across the globe and created more programs for the children in these poverty stricken areas. Today there are over 180 international staff members, 20,000+ mission guests, and countless children and families impacted.
Their missions reads as follows, “Back2Back Ministries is an international Christian non-profit organization dedicated to being a voice for orphans. We exist to love and care for orphans and vulnerable children, by meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and social needs that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty.”
This specific trip involved attending of a church service, helping with service projects, and playing with the children. The specific projects that these students helped with included sweeping dust from a building that is being constructed, moving big piles of wood, and helping to make a pour a concrete roof, commonly referred to as the “Bucket Brigade” by those who attended the trip. This process included mixing the concrete at the top of the hill, wheelbarrowing it down to the bottom, scooping it into buckets which were then transported to the top of the roof. As soon as the bucket reached the top of the roof, the concrete was poured and the bucket was dropped to the bottom to start the whole process over again.
While this was an extensive and hot process, the entire mission team had many smiles and sunburns and couldn’t have been more joyful to see the finished product.
This specific trip to Monterrey was especially impactful for Kings High School sophomore, Juliana Danko. She went on the trip last year, and acquired quite a liking for one of the children there. After this impactful trip, Juliana decided to sponsor her child and when she returned to Monterrey, she was able to see her again.
“Seeing her run down this little hill into my arms is a moment that I never want to forget.” said Danko.
This trip was not only impactful for Danko, but also Alex Garvin, Kings High School’s guidance counselor. He went first to Mexico when he was in seventh grade and hasn’t stopped thinking about it since. After he had such a great experience, he went back to intern during his freshman and sophomore years and encourages as many students as he can to come and experience Mexico like he did.
“There is something unique about stepping out of a life that is so comfortable and normal and going to a different country where you don’t speak the language and are not familiar with the culture, and then spending all of your time putting yourself on the bottom of totem pole. ” said Garvin. “ It gives you energy, fills your heart up with joy, helps you engage with other people who are not like you and value all people in a unique way.”
By Amber Mitchell