Last Friday, as an extension of the secondary retreat, juniors and seniors had the opportunity to serve together in Tijuana, Mexico as an outpouring of their love for the Lord and others. 

“I chose to participate in this trip because I saw it as a perfect opportunity to exercise my ability to serve the universal church,” shared Alicia Castillo. “I knew this outreach would open my eyes to the work being done in Mexico and I believe the Lord put it on my heart to go.”

Students spent time building a house and doing community outreach as they helped wash kids’ hair, hand out clothes and groceries and spend time showing the love of Christ with families. 

“I talked and hung out with a girl named Sandra,” continued Alicia.

“She helped me braid her hair and make the little girls feel loved. I couldn’t communicate that much but I asked her simple questions to get to know her. When it was time to leave, she gave me one of her bracelets. I will never forget Sandra and I will be praying for that precious girl.”

This was a first experience for several students as they went out of the country and out of their comfort zone to be the hands and feet of Jesus. 

“Trips like this are so important for students to participate in because they open our eyes to the realities of life outside of our comfort zones,” shared Alicia. “They teach us to selflessly serve others no matter the circumstances and they spark a true thankfulness that should never be forgotten.”