San Diego (Calif.) Christian Reformed Church is serving those who serve by opening its facilities to mission teams from all over the U.S. and Canada.
Teams traveling to and from Mexico, as well as those serving in San Diego, have found a home-away-from-home at San Diego CRC. “We have a pool at the parsonage, a large field to play soccer and volleyball, two guest houses, a large fellowship hall, and, of course, the beach,” said Cyndi Boss, church secretary of San Diego CRC and coordinator of the teams.
This year the church hosted more than 100 people from Illinois, Michigan, California, Washington, and British Columbia.
Amy Westra, director of youth ministries at Oakdale Park CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich., said, “The location and setting were perfect for the cultural analysis piece of the trip. We were able to effectively compare and contrast life in Mexico and our experience there with life in the U.S. and our daily experiences.”
Besides opening up their facilities, San Diego CRC goes the extra mile to provide for teams, even doing emergency vehicle repair for a team whose van broke down.
Whether they stayed for a weekend or a week, all the churches expressed their gratitude. “We had two days of relaxation and reflection and are grateful for their incredible hospitality,” said Judy Ko, minister to youth at Church of the Servant CRC in Grand Rapids.