OSLC Adult Mission Teams

Each year, members from Our Savior Lutheran Church travel to the border town of El Paso, Texas, to partner with Ysleta Lutheran Mission (www.ylm.org) for gospel outreach and missional service to the poor and destitute of the greater Juarez, Mexico area. Shoe clinics, home construction, food distribution, gospel outreach are some of the ways the OSLC Adult Mission Teams have made a difference.

Hear from some of the people that have gone on the mission trip and the impact it has had on them and their lives…

BONNIE RENNICH: “Our team prayed together daily that the Lord Jesus would make us useful in the work of His kingdom. And He was faithful, as always.  The people became so important to us in such a short period of time..  Their faith and ours was strengthened as we built not only two homes, but Christ-filled relationships. It’s difficult to leave at the end of a week, but we entrust them to the Lord and that He will continue the “building” that we began in His name.”

RYAN SCHAAN: “The lack of simple comforts like running water, heat, or even a solid floor make Americans think of the settlers on the wild frontier. The families of the shantytowns of Anapra or k30 survive in little more than pallets covered in cardboard.  A spliced extension cord overloaded with the lights of 4 or 5 neighbors. Hungry dogs littered with ticks and burrs run wild. This place exists just past the Mexican/American Border but it just as well be halfway around the world.  In the middle of it all a salesman, a trucker, a retiree, a couple of high schoolers and an oilfield worker come together joined by the same faith and compassion. This is where you see your faith grow.  Together for 5 days we wrestle to build what to us would be a large shed with power.  The families watch as it takes shape. The team and families crowd into the dwelling for a few songs and prayers.  A small cross is hung over the threshold. Now it hits me, and I am humbled. This isn’t a shed or a house. This is a Home. A warm safe place to raise a family, to share memories and laughs. The structure is the physical gift. But the emotional, spiritual gift is so much more.”

MATT GEINERT: “To be humbled is a gift in and of itself, going to Juarez and seeing the state and way of life will humble you to your core. These are people with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts, and by our “standards” they have nothing. At the end of the week, you are given so much more by these people than you give. We may have given a home, but they gave us the gift of love, the gift of faith, and the gift of perspective.”

MARK HAUGEN: “There’s so much hurt in the world- so much hurt in Juárez and in Kilometer 30- and you can either do a little, or you can do nothing. And I want to do a little. For me, that looked like making bracelets, hanging laundry, and chasing kids. It also looked like spreading tar, hammering nails, and carrying sheetrock. It can look like so many different things, but there’s one thing I know for certain: I want to keep doing what I can. I want to keep doing a little.”

 Watch a short video from the trip in 2015: