Teacher and Students Serving in Mexico
Betsy Tobon is in her second year as a Spanish teacher at SCCS. Her love for students, the Spanish language and evangelism is evident and contagious. This coming January 5th through 8th, four students will join Mrs. Tobon to share the love of Christ in Ensenada, Mexico.
“The purpose of this trip is to partner with a local church and Yugo Ministries to build a house for a family that has no shelter,” explained Mrs. Tobon. “The trip is an incredible opportunity to employ all of the Spanish language we have learned thus far. We will be talking with many locals while building the house, visiting taco stands and spending time in the neighborhoods surrounding the new house. This is serving at its finest – being Jesus’ hands and feet… and language!”
When the team arrives and heads to their ‘respectivo’ sites, they will begin cutting wood and painting trim. By sunset, the house will be framed and most of the trim ‘piante’. Within two and a half days, the team will have built a two bedroom house and furnished it for a new family. As Mrs. Tobon describes, “This will change the trajectory of one family’s life forever.”
“I have done many missions trips to Mexico for many years of my adult life,” continued Mrs. Tobon. “They have ranged from VBS outreaches to building basketball courts in neighborhoods. This is the seventh year I have joined Northpark Community Church in their mission outreaches to Mexico. They have built over 50 houses in 10 years.”
Before coming to SCCS, Mrs. Tobon worked as a bilingual translator and bilingual aide to special needs students in the William S. Hart District. She works as a Spanish tutor for local high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley. For nearly 20 years Mrs. Tobon has worked as a volunteer for Young Life, a non-denominational outreach to public school students.
“I love high school students and helping them incorporate the living God into their lives so they can go out into the world to make a difference for His Name and His sake.”