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February 22-23, 2018

On February 22, a team of 15 middle & upper school students and staff from Calvary Christian Academy left early in the morning and drove approximately 26 miles, crossing the US/Mexico border to the YWAM facility in San Antonio, Mexico.  From their they drove to a remote site in the hills to build a home for the Villalobos Family that consisted of a single mother, her four children, and her mother.

The three pillars of CCA are: Simply Jesus, Superior Academics and Servant Leadership.  This team of CCA students exhemplified Servant Leadership as they were the hands and feet of the Lord by building a home for a needy family.  In James 1:27 we are told: Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.  And, this is precisely what our students did by taking two days to serve a family in need.  The students (ranging from 6th-12th grade) internalized the words of Jesus that it is indeed better to give than to receive.  This is what our students had to say about their experience:

Amanda Alvarado, 12th Grade:  “God reveals himself the most in the times that you have the least.”  In regards to interacting with the family that we built a home for, Amanda says, “A lot of times, we in the U.S. experience joy in times when we get what we want. Over here, it is really refreshing to see people who don’t really have as much, but still have a lot of joy in their hearts, because it comes straight from God.  It is awesome to see this kind of joy in its purest form.”

Nathan Lee, 12th Grade:  “While building the house, I was speaking to the mom of the family that was going to live in the house.  I asked her how she thought the house was coming along and she said, ‘This was the most beautiful house I’ve ever been to.’  What was so impactful to me was that the home wasn’t even finished, yet she found the house to be so beautiful and amazing.”

Elijah Endo, 9th Grade:  “It was my first time being in Mexico. My time over there was great, I got to see a new country, different atmosphere, and just experience something out of my comfort zone. I was born in a nice residence with a nice house, and when I saw houses over there, and the family we helped only had a tent. So God told me that, appreciate everything you have, because a lot of people don't have a lot of things in Mexico, so I should be grateful. ”

Adan Samaniego, 7th Grade:  “What God spoke to me the most was when I was hammering the nails and going too fast, the nails would bend.  But if I took my time and went nice and slow, the nails would go in straight.  God spoke to me saying, ‘You’re going to fast, slow down and look at the miracles and blessings I am giving you.  You are taking advantage of them and you are straying off My path.”

Sofia Velasco, 7th Grade:  “I got to see how God moved through me in so many ways. I absolutely recommend this trip. God has a plan for you, and if He is telling you to do YWAM, I would so recommend going. God told me while I was painting the walls, "Daughter, I have a plan for you." I didn't know what that meant. A couple weeks later, God revealed something to me. I should be helping people in need.”

Mrs. Hannah Cha, Staff:  “This is my second time going to Mexico on a mission trip. however, this was my first time going as a chapperone with my students. It is always an honor and a privilege to go on mission trips to serve God and it was so much more amazing to work together with the students outside the classroom. It truly reminded me that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Below you will see a terrific highlight video of our service-minded youth actually building the home in Tijuana, Baja California.  We partner with Youth With A Mission in Baja, Mexico to build "Homes of Hope". Homes of Hope’s global movement has been steadily gaining life- changing traction in transforming the lives of families in poverty via the gift of a new home since 1990. To date, over 100,000 individuals have volunteered to construct over 5300 homes for the needy in 21 countries. 











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