In the spring of 2013, David Garrigan and I joined 6 guys from Stanwood, Washington, Foursquare church in Santana, Mexico at Rancho Bantano. It is a big camp in the middle of the desert afﬁliated with the Free Methodists. This ministry is very busy throughout the year hosting church groups, women’s groups, retreats for pastors, and helping in many other ways to refresh and give rest to church workers. They also minister in their local community.
The Rancho Bantano camp began a building project in faith last winter, trusting God to provide the funds and labor to get the work done. Teams began signing up and helpers came from all over, just as the camp staff had been praying for. We were able to be a part of an answer to that prayer as our team arrived in March and we helped button up the building by installing the metal rooﬁng, helped with the electrical, poured concrete, set doors and installed knobs along with a variety of other things. We were able to use our skills and labor to get the work done quickly, which was a blessing to the ministry and an answer to their prayers.
It was so rewarding to have a break from everyday life and use our construction skills to impact the Kingdom of God. I believe that, even though we can’t see the direct connection, our efforts are helping to change the lives of people.