The Church at Work & Witness

Southern Nazarene University's 2001-02 Commission Unto Mexico trip has been pronounced a success. The weeklong event began when more than 180 volunteers gathered in El Paso, Texas, on December 26, 2001, before deployment to Juarez. Organized into teams, the volunteers spread out across Juarez to work on eight construction projects, hold medical clinics, and lead Vacation Bible School in 11 neighborhoods.

"Work and Witness trips like this always tend to have multiple benefits in addition to remodeling or building churches or houses. The greatest benefit is the effect it has on us," said Mike Murphy, an employee of Boeing and a member of the Choctaw, Oklahoma, Church of the Nazarene.

"God is at work in Mexico. And even though there were language barriers during our worship services, the spirit of the Lord was there. Many people lined the altars as we sang many new songs in Spanish," said high school senior Marissa Phelps.

Monterrey is the destination for the next Commission Unto Mexico trip, scheduled December 27, 2002-January 3, 2003. Cost is about $489 from the departure site, McAllen, Texas. Discounts for families and pastors are available. Further information is available by visiting or by contacting Howard Culbertson, co-director of the annual Commission Unto Mexico initiative, at 405-491-6693.