I was having a difficult time trying to think of an idea for this video that hadn’t already been done – weddings and graduations aren’t really my cup of tea, as these things go. And then I realized I was idiot, because I had the perfect thing sitting right under my nose the entire time.
In the spring of 2010, my Christian Ethics teacher took some of my classmates and I (about twenty-five of us in total) on a mission trip to Vicente Guerrero, a small city of about 20, 000 people on the peninsula off the west coast of Mexico. We spent about a week there – ten days in total, including travel – building a house for an impoverished family of four: Gorge and Angelica, and their young son and daughter, who were named after their father and mother, respectively. We weren’t there for long, but that trip was one of the most eye-opening, astounding, disturbing, wonderful experiences of my life – it was really and truly priceless.
(I have been informed that Mrs. Therese Durston, the teacher who took us on that trip, is taking 55 grade 11 and 12 students to the Dominican Republic this year on a similar venture. These trips take ages to organize and fundraise for, so good luck to her!)