Funding a mission to Mexico
Every spring break, a group of youth from Prineville venture to Mexico to change lives, and coincidentally, end up changing their own.
Mission 4 Mexico (M4M) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to disciple youth and sets the example of Jesus through short-term missions to Mexico.
The group organizes and carries out yearly short-term mission trips for youth ages 14 and older. The destination is San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, to build homes for the less fortunate.
"The group goes down the same time every year, and that's during spring break," said Troy York, a board member for the nonprofit group. "We are preparing now for that trip in March."
He added that the youth do can drives, yard sales and the annual Golf 4 Homes golf tournament. Each individual who participates pays $700 to be part of the Mission 4 Mexico trip. The funds cover the cost of travel, room and board and materials to build the homes.
Mission 4 Mexico has been registered as a nonprofit since 1999. In 2000, they raised funds to purchase six building lots in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico for the purpose of building a church—and to have access to a site that could be used for camping for the youth and adults who travel each year to build the homes.
"We build the small homes," said York. "The homes are only 16 feet by 20 feet. They are three rooms, and they are very basic, small homes."
York indicated that the kids do all the work. They drive nails, put sheetrock up, and help with the windows and roofing.
M4M uses the motivation of building homes for the local people in San Luis Rio Colorado by sharing time, abilities and funds to empower the youth who participate.
They also encourage building relationships that are meaningful, true and will last a lifetime with the local people.
The nonprofit acquired property that has become a hub for the community. Activities such as church services, pastoral and college classes, youth groups, and community outreach programs take place on the property.
San Luis is a desert area occupied by a large community of low-income families with little or no dwellings to protect them from the elements. The homes built serve as a way to show God's kindness and protection, and to make a difference in the lives of countless people in the area.
The Mission 4 Mexico program provides life-changing services to improve the lives of those who are privileged to serve. Last year, the program contributed to the cost for 16 youth and their trip expenses, utilizing the Golf 4 Homes funds.
All the money raised from the golf tournament goes towards the youth who help.
"On the day of the golf tournament, the youth that are going with us will be there to hand out golf carts, work behind the counter and hand out shirts," pointed out York.
"The youth that go to this program are very important," he added. "It changes their lives. They come back with a whole different perspective on what's important—and it's usually not their X-Box."
The third annual Golf 4 Homes golf tournament is slated for August 18
Mission 4 Mexico is a 501c3 organization and donations are deductible
Shotgun start at 8 a.m., four person scramble
Golf: $90 per person, $360 foursome
Golf, lunch (Pulled pork sandwiches) and cart included
Scheduled to be held at Meadow Lakes Golf Course
For sponsorship opportunities or to participate, call Troy York at 541-416-8100
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