This trip has been an amazing experience for me, and I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity. I truly feel as though I have finally found myself on this trip, and know more about myself now than ever before. Before coming on this trip I never had a real relationship with God, but through what God has shown me on this trip, I have grown closer to him and to the rest of the group. Being in Mexico has really changed the way I think. I was not prepared to embrace the new culture at first, but upon our arrival, I have had no choice but to adapt to the culture. It has been difficult to speak the language and communicate with the people here, but it has been an interesting experience. During the first few days of the trip, our team spent our time building houses for the less fortunate. The building was enjoyable but the best part was to see the people’s reaction. It was amazing to be able to impact their lives so greatly with the little work that we did. Over the past two days our team has seen some great things and some horrible things. We were split into two groups, one team to go to the orphanage and serve them pizza and the other to the dump and bring them burritos and water. Seeing the poverty in mexico was one thing but after seeing the poverty at the dump yesterday, it is hard to not feel guilty. The people there were so gracious for the little we were giving them, and to know that we have so much and that we are never satisfied, it makes you feel so selfish. After leaving the dump, I caught a glimpse of a group of people chasing after a garbage truck. To see how hard they were working to support their families showed me that they are not giving up, and that they still have hope. That was enough to show me that the rest of the world, including the unreached countries, still has hope, but only if we are willing to surrender to God and let him lead us, because we know that he has a plan for us. I had a similar experience at the orphanage today. I learned that the majority of the children there are not orphans, but rather that their families were not able to support them enough so they are left there for a great portion of their lives. In Canada, we are so wealthy and could all do something to help. How blessed we should feel. Playing with those kids today was a really enjoyable experience, and I was happy to end the week off on a positive note. I have learned that there are still needs here, and there are needs in Canada, and needs in Africa, and all over the world, and I’m glad to know that there is still hope for the world. We as followers of christ need to know that he has a plan each one of us. We need to be open to anything he wants us to do, we need to listen when he wants to speak to us. We are the hope for our world, and through Jesus we can change the world, but we need to take the first step in trusting him with all our hearts. I hope that God will deliver me from the temptation of going back to my old habits when this trip comes to an end, and that I never forget the things that I have learned here.