Over the decades there have been many cities in Mexico that have benefited from the work and resources the COM2MX teams have provided. This year’s destination was the beautiful city of Guadalajara, where seventy-five team members from six states partnered with four local churches to impact the city with free medical care, youth events and VBS for children, as well as much-needed construction being completed at several facilities. Mexican physicians and health care workers staffed the clinics with SNU’s medical team members assisting, and NYI leaders and teens from local churches worked hand-in-hand with COM2MX teams to hold outreach events in local parks and gathering places.
Professor Ruger reflected on the 30th Anniversary trip, saying, “As we worked with our Mexican brothers and sisters in Christ, we were constantly amazed at their devotion to the Lord and willingness to allow our group to be part of their ministries, even for a few days. We were energized to be bold for the sake of Gospel!"
An important part of the journey was the partnership of COM2MX with Nazarene Border Initiative, led by SNU alums Roberto and Rhesa Rodriguez. Based in El Paso, Texas, the Rodriguez’ worked closely with Superintendent of Distrito Occidente, Rev. Leonardo Peralta, and Mexico Field Strategy Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Jorge Cordova, to make the trip not only ‘cross-cultural’ but truly ‘inter-cultural’ in mission.
A meaningful highlight took place at the opening service as all of the groups came together in worship. Mrs. Mary Johnson, widow of Nazarene missionary Rev. Jim Johnson, shared a remembrance of the dedication and spiritual impact of Rev. Johnson and Bethany, Oklahoma’s Dr. Fred Siems, who died in a tragic automobile accident at the close of the 1998 trip, while several other occupants were seriously injured. Their passion for the mission has inspired countless others in the years that have followed.
Ruger said, “I am grateful to all who invested their time and resources to be part of this trip.” She concluded, “We worked together – we collaborated and invested in each other - revealing the love of Christ in each of our hearts.”
To learn more about COM2MX, visit http://snu.edu/mexico or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Nazarene Border Initiative at http://nazareneborderinitiative.org.