Fuel International is back in Baja, California! Watch out! Here we come! The team consists of youth and adults from Oklahoma, California, Colorado, and all the way from Panama! The team is doing short dramas out in the streets to evangelize, followed up by Baja Christian Ministries and a local pastor and his wife, Pastor Carlos and Gina. Our focus is on the area known as Primo Tapia. In addition to evangelization, the team is building a home for a needy family in Primo Tapia. For more photos check out Fuel International on Facebook!
We finally arrived home about 12:00 noon on Monday, November 17th. We were EXHAUSTED!! Thank you for all of your prayers for this journey. We made grade strides in our setup trip for the summer Mexico missions trip. If you would like more info on this trip, you can find out details HERE. You can also request more info HERE. The first step is to send in your application fee and application. Our goal is to take 200 youth, young adults, and families on this mission trip to Mexico. Come join us this summer in Baja and Rosarita, Mexico!
After spending the night with Jerrell’s parents in Suisun City, California, the team loaded up to head out to Jerrell and Rachel’s home church about an hour and a half away. Just as we were finishing packing, the roof rack snapped and popped off! It took Seth, Jerrell, Jerrell’s dad, and Jerrell’s uncle to get the top back on so we could proceed to our next destination!
We said our “Good-byes” to Jerrell’s family who so graciously hosted us and were on our way! We arrived at the home church just before it started. There were about 25 of us. Harvest Church has four home churches that meet in homes three out of the four Sundays and then all come together for a big service once a month. Again, Jerrell shared about Fuel International and about summer missions in Mexico. As the home church ended, they prayed over our team before we headed out for our 22 hour journey straight home to Colorado after the service.
We enjoyed our 22 hour trip home as Maria, Jerrell, and Seth took turns driving. We took the upper route through Nevada, Utah, and then into Colorado. Alyzsa was a HUGE help as she kept the drivers awake through the night. We arrived in Monument, CO, about 12:00 noon on Monday.
Today the team was able to spend time with several Hip Hop artists in the San Francisco Bay area at City Lights Church in the inner city. The team spoke with several artists and DJs in regards to the Mexico trip. Several of them are interested in going on the trip. Maria also got to spend the day with her California cousins.
The team dropped off Dan at the airport to fly back in time to preach at Fuel Church on Sunday morning. He arrived back home at 2am. The rest of the team then attended and participated in the Undivided 4 Hip Hop Concert at City Lights Church. Fuel set up a booth with info, and the team was invited on stage to share about Fuel International and the summer Mexico trip coming up! It was a fun night!
Friday morning we packed as many things as we could in before leaving Mexico: eating a home cooked breakfast with Bob and Janet of Baja Chrisitian Ministries, packing up, shopping for vanilla beans in the market, a tiny big of souvenir shopping, and looking at another lodging facility for summer teams. Crossing the border into the US took much longer than going into Mexico. Many venders were there greeting us, hoping we would spend our final dollar on souvenirs of all types (i.e. Mexican blankets, sombreros, little wooden guitars, windshield wipers, drinks, and snacks).
Now it was time to make our way up the coast of California to the San Francisco Bay area where our team was going to be staying with Jerrell’s family. With bumper to bumper traffic, a stop for sub sandwiches at Dan’s favorite childhood sub place (Santorro’s Sub Sandwiches) and a quick look at the church where Dan grew up in, Maria was dropped off to spend the night with her cousins in Tracy, CA, while the rest of the group finally arrived in Suisun City, California about 1:45 in the morning! The team was greeted by all kinds of homemade Filipino food made by Jerrell’s parents. Needless to say, it was a VERY LONG DAY (about 13 hours from Mexico to the Bay area!)