Hermiston Junior Academy Mission Trip Eighth-grade Class Serves Others in Ensenada, Mexico

July 01, 2006 | Randy Foss

Hermiston Junior Academy's eighth-grade students spent an awesome week down in Ensenada, Mexico, March 13–19. They were working with Y.U.G.O. (Youth Unlimited Gospel Outreach) Ministries in an effort to provide better living conditions for poverty-stricken families.

They worked hard as they dug, leveled (without a level), mixed, poured and smoothed a 16- by 20-foot concrete floor for a new house. However, the reward was great! To see the smile through the tears of a woman with five children who had lived in a house with a dirt floor, no running water, one bed, and little to eat, they knew they had made a difference.

They also built a 16- by 32-foot two-room building out of scrap lumber materials for a local pastor.

These students came back with a different perspective on life and what's really important.