The year was 1990. Pete and I were dorm counselors at the annual youth convention for the Christian Reformed Church. One of our speakers was a lady named Carolyn Koons, a professor at Azusa Pacific University in southern California. She spoke of her work in some of the border towns in Baja. Each summer, her organization, Mexico Outreach, took hundreds of youth from the US to minister in the impoverished areas of Baja. Carolyn told story after story of changed lives, not only those of the little Mexicans niňos who attended the VBS, but also of the teens who experienced this great culture shock and spiritual challenge.
I whispered to Pete that I thought MOSES should take a group to Mexico the next summer. He laughed, but when I got home, I began to make inquiries. Mexico Outreach sent me a packet of information, including songs, stores, crafts, games, etc. as well as loads of cultural information about the Mexican people, some basic words and expressions. A trip was planned for June of 1991 and 15 people committed to participate.
The most important thing that happened on our first trip to Ensenada, was that the Lord brought us to Elsa and Ernesto Cordero and Iglesia Principe de Paz. Had this not happened, I believe that our Ensenada experience would have been a one-time thing. But, with the prayers, abilities and love we’ve experienced from these people, we now have a relationship