Church prepares for Mexico mission trip

Nine days in Mexico won't be a vacation for eight members of the Craig Assembly of God.

Although others may cross the border to tour white sand beaches, these Craig residents will spend their time visiting prisons and orphanages.

"It's a fun trip, but it's a work trip," Pastor Dave Ross said. "It's not a vacation, but there's rewards for what we do."

Ross can often be found along the highways in Craig selling oranges out of the back of his pickup. The proceeds, in part, fund the church's trip to Mexico.

In the country, Ross and company will present what they describe as "human videos," dramas set to music with dialogue in Spanish. The human videos often depict Biblical events, such as the story of Paul and Silas in prison.

This is the seventh year church members have gone to Mexico. On previous trips, they've built churches and orphanages. They've made friends who annually request that the group return to present the videos.

The highlight of this year's trip is a crusade to a large prison in Chihuahua.

"It's not pretty, and you don't want to end up there," Ross said about the prison.

The trip is almost all work. The group will take off only a few hours on one afternoon during the nine days, just long enough to see some of Chihuahua's cathedrals and Poncho Villa's castle.

The trip is usually full of personal lessons.

"There are at least five things Craig Assembly of God has learned in the last seven years we have traveled to Mexico. I am confident we will learn more this year," Ross said.

They've learned, Ross said that whether they're ministering in this community or in another country, there is no greater cause than helping others find and accept Jesus Christ.

Secondly, there are wonderful men, women and young people serving God as missionaries around the world. They've been able to meet many of these people in churches and on their field of ministry.

Thirdly, they learned to be thankful to their community and church leaders for their support in helping send those who have chosen to serve God for those nine days. They thanked those who helped them by buying oranges or giving donations.

"And finally," Barnes said, "we have learned that God is not looking for superstars to build His kingdom. He looks for those who will go and be faithful. Whether your church is large or small in numbers or in budget, when we each faithfully do our part in God's work, He will bless our efforts."

The group will leave Tuesday and return May 19.

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