TCS Outreach Extends Across the Border

By: Heather Pickrell

Originally Published: April 15, 2013

Eleven students in the junior and senior classes of Temple Christian School recently packed their bags and headed to a small town in Baja California, Mexico, called La Mision. While there, the students and TCS Spanish teacher Mrs. Gambrell spent a week during Easter break exploring the new terrain and blessing everyone around them in many different locations.

The students prepared vigorously before going on the trip. They could only carry one suitcase full of their belongings, and they needed between $1,100 and $1,200 dollars to be able to go on the trip, excluding their personal spending.

“We had no trouble raising the money, thanks to some hard work by certain individuals on the team,” said Lincoln Wassink, a junior at Temple Christian School.

The students left in the early hours on March 27 to board a plane. After a few hours, they arrived in southern California and crossed the border into Mexico with their passports and supplies in a car.

“It was a very different experience. As soon as we crossed the border, we could see many differences. Houses were walled so as to keep potential thieves out,” Lincoln Wassink said. He went on to explain that the sights and smells were unlike anything he was used to in Lima, Ohio.

When they arrived at La Mision, the students and Mrs. Gambrell began helping orphans and doing work around the orphanages and daycares. The students enjoyed spending time with the children and leading games and songs.

“Working with the kids was amazing. When we played with them, you could just see the joy on their faces! You could see that they had so much even though they really had very little,” Lincoln commented.

The students had a wonderful time in La Mision. They loved working with the kids, showing God’s love, helping out in the community and orphanages, ministering to the people, and learning more about the culture.

“I really could not have enjoyed myself better,” Lincoln said, reflecting on the mission trip. “I was helping others, showing Christ’s love, working with friends, and through all of this, I grew closer to Christ. It has helped me immensely in my walk.”