“Faith, what is Faith?” These words, spoken by of one of the team members who played the role of Noah in this week’s program, are now settling into the hearts of over a thousand people who heard the Gospel presented, demonstrated, or shown by a small group from RockPointe church in Calgary.
Twenty-five ambassadors for Christ were blessed to be a blessing, fulfilling the same covenant given to Abraham, as they served with open hearts and open hands in some of the poorest areas of the Yucatán.
A group of five families (including 13 children under the age of 10), the C-Quest Mexico staff and their local partners, navigated the occasionally rough waters, serving together in a challenging environment. Each family came through the week with beautiful testimonies of the work God had done in their hearts and the hearts of the Yucatan people. Each partner attested to the value of the work done and love shown to their community. Parents remarked about changes they saw in their children as they struggled, played, laughed, and shared their sweet and innocent faith with hundreds of little children of a different race, nationality, and economic background. Easy? No. Rewarding? Yes.
It was evident to the entire group that extreme poverty takes its toll – both physically and spiritually – on people who are hungry for hope.
The small group left Mexico even more tightly-knit after living together and serving cross-culturally. Their words humbly present the emotions they felt as they served in the poorest of pueblos such as Baca, Hunucma, and Flamboyanes. Their stories express the feeling of joy and sadness they experienced while serving at eight ministry locations – ranging from an orphaned seniors home and children’s shelter, to Camp John 3:16 and a public hospital. Their testimonies of strength, through serving as a team, are bound to make an impact on those with whom they come in contact in their daily lives – raising kids, doing life together, leading kid’s church, talking to coworkers, and serving the less fortunate in Calgary.
At the end of a faith-testing and faith-growing week, one team member summed it up best when reflecting on some of the most painful things she observed this week.
¨I had to ask, God where are you in all of this? And you know what He said? I’m right here with you. For you are here, and I’m shining My light through you.¨