New Hope Church Visited Matamoros, Mexico Recently on a Missions Trip

New Hope Church Visited Matamoros, Mexico Recently on a Missions Trip

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd Mission ministry is a blessing from churches that reach out to other countries that are expanding and establishing new churches. The crowds that, well known, Evangelist Billy Graham attracted at his revivals were enormous. {{more}} It is known that evangelists also attract lots of people through their revivals in other countries like Africa, who are hungry for the gospel and give their life to follow Jesus. As Evangelists continue to preach at revivals touching enormous crowds that become new saved Christians, the need for a covering and a church building transpires. There is a church, in the local community, that recently traveled to Matamoros, Mexico to minister and assist with the foundation of a new church. New Hope Church members went on a recent May Missions trip for a week to Matamoros, Mexico with Associate Pastor David Schmidt who is in charge of the Mission Ministry. He and another church member drove one of the vans that passed the border of Brownsville, Texas into the town of Matamoros, Mexico that is in the state of Tamaulipas. While headed towards their final destination, church members were surrounded by the culture of the town. Matamoros is known for its fast growing economy, but some areas of the town are still impoverished, according to Wikipedia. New Hope Church volunteer missionaries witnessed that while on their Missions trip, but were not there to be just spectators. During their trip, they stayed at a motel. Their special mission was to reach out through ministry to the Tipilo Jordan church community, and also assist with the early stages of the church’s new foundation. It was like a culture shock for two church members who traveled for the first time on a Mission trip, and also to Mexico. Catherine White and Petra Nosky had never been on a Mission trip until the recent one to Mexico. Both church members enjoy ministering to others, and are very active at New Hope Church. They both had the desire and reasons to go minister and reach out to people in another country. “It was exciting, I felt the Lord was saying,” Go have the adventure.” It stuck to me. I did not know it was possible. It was very different. It was mind expanding. It gave me the opportunity to see how other people live. I got a chance to experience another culture, and also made me appreciate what at had at home. It causes you to appreciate,” said Catherine White. “The people there are very nice. Everyone met us with open arms and were very friendly.” Petra Nosky shared that it was Missions Evangelist Mike McGee who had recently preached and shared about Missions for a Sunday service that touched her and made her want to go on the Mexico trip. Nosky shares about some of her experience and what was most exciting about the trip. “The whole trip was amazing. I had never been to Mexico. It was really the people and their passion. They were very resourceful. The little bit of food they have, they make go a long way. The women were very respectful and very loving.” said Nosky.During the week, the ladies and the men split up. According to Nosky, one way their team of women ministered to the church women was when they formed a big circle, missionary women stood on the inside. New Hope members would all take turns laying hands and praying for the other women around the circle. “All of it just went together. They were all servants. We were all there to love. We did compassion with women and elderly.” said Nosky. She also shared that one of the projects that church had prepared was making small packages with bibles for the elderly, and as they handed them the bibles, they signed them. Nosky encourages others who would are not sure of going on missions trips. “I was not excited at first. But then, I went, and it changed everything. I encourage others to go. I would go again if we were going.” The church women all had a chance to minister to the women in different ways, and the men also ministered in their groups to the church community of men. The men helped to lay the foundation, and concrete for the new church, and the women prepped the building so the men could next do the painting.White shares what especially touched her when she ministered to the women. “I would encourage them to hear from God. It is very enriching. Very enlightening. Very educational. You grow spiritually. As much as you think you are going to be a blessing to the people, you are being blessed meeting the people while getting to connect.“ White said. The church missionary team had a chance to visit an orphanage and minister to the children and people there. They also visited a Bible College. They reached out to others in different areas, and also had the opportunity to learn more about the culture. While on the trip, the missions trip were there during Cinco de Mayo and some were even able to celebrate. Nosky and White had some fun with some of the church women as they learned to dance in the Mexican culture. They wore long colorful long skirts and were given instructions as they had fun dancing the florico with other women.