St. Paul's of Shorewood Mission Team

We have been called to Mexico to share the love of Jesus Christ by building homes to provide shelter for His children.

In August, St. Paul’s of Shorewood Lutheran Church will be sending a team to Mexico to build houses. We will join with others to help end the devastating effects of homelessness in Mexico, as well as volunteer at a youth center that allows for impoverished kids a chance to learn martial arts, provide an after school program for tutoring and other activities geared to kids. The center has created a safe place for kids to belong. Fundraisers are being done all year long. By donating items for these events, you will be supporting our team who will be raising the needed funds to build houses that will help to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Mexico. Our church has been involved for over 20 years now working in Mexico on short term mission work, building houses for homeless families, teaching Vacation Bible school, Orphanage visits and sports camps have all been a big part of our work there. We are now in a position to make an even bigger impact with getting involved in and the supporting of this youth center as well as building houses… this is the first phase of a well thought out plan…including an all-girls foster home in the future.

Isaiah 6:8Living Bible (TLB)

8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom shall I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go?”

And I said, “Lord, I’ll go! Send me.”

Hard to believe this time last week we were In Mexico ... 20 people all hearing the call from God to go...two casa's built changing for those two families and for those 20 people who heard the call to go !!! We answered God's call and for that we are forever changed!!! Take time to find God in the quietness of your day...look around and see all he has in store for you...

Opps these were suppose to post and didn't enjoy!!!! Keep your prayers going for us we can't do this without you apart of it...We need your prayers !!!!

Very early morning...we met at the airport at 3:30am and our flight left Seattle at 5:30am. We arrived in San Diego 10am had Thrifty rental car cancel our reservations on us...NEVER ARE WE USING THAT RENTAL COMPANY AGAIN...But Hertz rental saved the day and went out of their way for us....This is a great team who are a wonderful blessings from God...Stay tuned we will be adding pictures our our building today!!!

[07/27/17]   Well my bags are packed I'm ready to go...
All bags are packed
All supplies packed
Devotions done and packed
tickets bought and we are checked in
rental vehicles reserved
Everything is done that can possibly be done!!!!
Now we leave it in God's hands and ask him to go before us and prepare the way!!!
To be with us as we travel and make everything go smoothly and to protect us on the road and while we are in Mexico
We ask him to search our hearts this week and cause us to grow in leaps and bounds
and when we do return we return with a new fresh look on life and how we can see the needs in a renewed sense of things...Looking for ways to help make a difference in our own communities...
We leave Friday and will return in 8 days
God bless you all as we add you to our team as prayer warriors fo us while we are gone!!!

[07/25/17]   So everything humanly possible is done..
devotions done and ready✔️song books packed✔️
Crafts packed✔️
Backpacks and school supplies✔️
First aid and job site bags ✔️
Team shirts packed✔️
Grocery lists and menu packedairline tickets✔️
Retreat center & building materials✔️
Rental vehicles ✔️
Just need to pick up check for grocerys and tacos and finish up the packing

Please pray for us now and in the week that follows...pray God prepares the the he goes before us...pray for protection and spiritual growth in and for all of us as God surrounds us...pray that God comes behind us to support and strengthen us now as we prepare and while we are there and when we come home...pray this experience will heal those who need healing...'pray for rest for those who need rest...pray for spiritual growth as we study God's word together...and confidence in who we are and why we are here as we realize that We were created by God for God to love and be loved... to serve and not to be served...and to know that each and everyone of us is special in God's 139
13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
God already has in store wonderful and mighty plans please pray we will all be open and willing to accept it!!!!

[07/19/17]   Wow in just a few short days we will be in Mexico for our 20th year building houses...each year God continues to use us and each year we continue to follow his calling. Two passages come to my mine as I prepare the final preparations for this trip
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. and
Isaiah 6: 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!
Nothing is more exciting than to follow God's calling to serve doing short term mission work each year...when we started going to a small little retreat center all those years ago I never had any idea what God would have instore for us...but through his callling on my life and the lives of so many others we went from not knowing anything about mission work to allowing God to work in us and through us and in the process we fell in love with our sister church in Tijuana and became a brothers and sisters in Mexico have become not just a big part of my life as we watched our children grow up and now are watching our grandchildren grow up, but a part of many, many peoples lives that they touch each year...I can't wait to see what God will do in the coming years as we work side by side with our family in Mexico serving and loving God and those in need.
Please pray today and each day for direction safety and growth as we make our way on July 28th to Mexico and follow the calling God has placed on our hearts!!!
On July 23rd at St. Paul's 10 am service the team for 2017 will be commissioned...please join us as we celebrate and prepare ourselves spiritually for the trip ahead.

Good morning Diana. Look at the cute picture that Tracy sent to me this morning!!! Did you get a copy? I’d love to see pictures from the mission if you think of it. I know Tracy would too. So glad we could help you with fundraising and some supplies. Have a safe journey.

Tracie Leistiko
Market Coordinator
Savers | Value Village | Village des Valeurs | Unique
Phone or Text: 253.218.5123 |

20 years of leading short term mission work...I can't imagine doing anything else...and well 20 years of loivng tacos kind of keeps me going lol

[07/13/17]   Thanks to all the generous people all the funds have been raised for our mission trip this August... and now the time is drawing near when a team of 19 possibly 20 will head to mexico under the leadership of St. Paul's of Shorewood Lutheran Church to build houses and work with kids sharing a bible story and doing some crafts...please pray now with us as we do final preparations for the trip and while we are gone...we leave July 28th and return August 5th
I want to thank any and all who had any part in helping us reach this goal of $20, may not physically be going with us on July 28th...but you are part of this mission team and because of you God has blessed us beyond what we can imagine!!!!
Your prayers, your support and your helping hand has shown those around us one more time just how important your faith and your servant-hood is...and how important community is...Words cannot express the joy this Mission Team has in her heart for each and everyone of you!!!!
May God bless you and keep you and may His face shine upon you as you continue to serve him in all you do!!!!

Just a few of the treasures we have unpacked and are available this year remember June 30 through July 1
This year we have so much we can't get it all on the stables we will have to restock as we go...

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