In Mexico, Westminster is partnering with Accion Ministries , which serves the Mayan people who live in small villages in the central Yucatan. Mission teams build homes, schools, and churches while living in hosts’ homes and participating in village life.
Westminster sent its first team to the Yucatan in the summer of 2013 and has returned every year since. The trips offer an opportunity for a rich cultural and spiritual experience in an area of Mexico that has remained blessedly free of drug violence. Immersing themselves in Yucatan customs such as sleeping in hammocks and swimming in cenotes, Westminster team members work hard building concrete homes and churches that make it possible for families to have sturdy, safe homes and places of worship. The teams also teach large groups of children in Vacation Bible School, one of the trip highlights.
Age/ability: Participants must be 14 years old, and accompanied by a parent or guardian. No special skills are required, but participants should be in good health and physical condition, and able to cope with heat and rustic living conditions. Spanish skills are a definite plus.
Type of Work: Team members work side by side with villagers, hauling concrete and building floors and roofs. Vacation Bible School is offered to local children.
Cost: Total cost for the trip is approximately $1,600. With support from Westminster and a private donor, the cost to each participant is $640 per adult, $480 per teen. This covers meals, lodging, transportation, building supplies and two nights of R&R. Fundraising by working on Westminster’s Missions Celebration is required