At the end of summer, Mission Oaxaca plans to send five teenage men and three adult leaders to Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico to carry out a work project. The trip marks the second trip to Oaxaca for four of the men and a new experience for the the fifth. While in Juchitan, the team's work will include basic construction projects at Casa Isabel and Casa Angeles, programs that are part of Center for Sharing in Pasco, Washington, under the supervision of a Salem based construction contractor.
The motivation of these five young men stems from their commitment to others at home and abroad, inspired by their 2009 study of Bret & Alex Harris' book "Do Hard Things" and 2010 study of John Eldredge's book for men, "Way of the Wild Heart". Their next literary journey includes "Building Servant Leadership Communities" with Center for Sharing collaborator, Co-Serve International.
"The first time you visit Oaxaca, your senses are sometimes overloaded and it's difficult to digest all that you're taking in. Culture, food, and history all intersect" says Mission Oaxaca leader Chris Anderson, "The most profound realization that most people experience is the joy Oaxacans find despite their financial poverty. That's an important lesson for those of us from the North. It's important for Mission Oaxaca to help young people find real joy despite our wealth. The second time you visit, it drives that point home."
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