Brothers Roadtrip to Mexico; Build House on Spring Break
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Posted by: Stephen Lee
By Jack Nolte (KSU, ’18)
When Brother Jacob Lowery (KSU, ’18) extended an open invitation to our chapter for the mission trip his dad’s church would be taking over spring break, I didn’t realize the opportunity that was in front of me. I thought it sounded like a fun trip, but was quickly distracted by daily life. Classes, tests, other time commitments -- you know the drill.
Flash-forward a few months and it's January 2017. Spring break was fast approaching, and with it, a question from my mother, “What are you doing for spring break?”
I reached out to Jacob about joining the trip, and found a group that was willing to let my mother, my younger brother and myself join them on an impactful adventure! Friends, family, and fraternity brothers travelled by car from Kansas to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.
Thanks to the collective hard work and passion of our group, we built a single Amor house in just over two full work days. We spent time forming relationships with the family for whom we were building the house, and amongst ourselves.
Our group camped underneath a clear desert sky, shared meals together, and sang praises to God each night.
This experience has made a profound impact on me.
In our daily lives, we allow the activities that surround us to fill our time and thoughts. We focus on earthly possessions, forgetting that we were made for so much more than that.
During this trip, I meditated on Luke 12:48- “For to whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”. In my life I have been given many blessings -- family, friends and a Brotherhood in Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity among them.
Both in our work and our interactions with the family who is now occupying the house, we spread the love of God. We didn’t just go to Mexico for #SB2017. We didn’t just build a house, either. We embraced the motto of Amor ministries, which I hope to keep in the forefront of my life, especially as a brother of PKT. Come. Build. Hope.