“From California to Mexico and Back Again: Closer to Home”
My dad was assigned in Mexico City as Resident Minister in 1997. Moving from California to Mexico I saw that Mexico City is nothing like what 10-year-old me pictured – no donkeys or cactuses. There were tall buildings and yes even fast food chains.
Just the same, being homesick I flew an American flag outside our 5th floor Apartment, situated in Col. Cuauhtemoc near the U.S. Embassy (close enough for me to escape to). But once I learned Spanish I felt right at home in the Local Congregation of Mexico City.
<—AJ joined by INC members from Mexico City on an excursion to one of the many pyramids of Mexico.
AJ, top row far right, at his first Holy Supper following his baptism in 1999—>
I was baptized in Mexico City January 29, 1999. I will always remember the experience of attending Worship Service in Spanish and what it meant to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in a unique part of the world.
Today I am blessed to be part of the Spanish content production for incmedia.org/español. The Iglesia de Cristo Mundo team after shooting an episode at the INC Media Services headquarters.
All along, my experience adjusting to life in a foreign country was preparing me for the chance to hear the stories of Hispanic brethren and highlighting the great works of the Church Of Christ in their part of the globe. There’s no substituting the people I’ve met throughout my little journey – the stories heard and witnessed.
I also count myself grateful for being able to revisit the brethren in Mexico City in the first ever Pastoral Visit to Mexico in January 2017, where we followed the Becerril Family as they revisited Mexico to invite their family to attend the special gathering of the Church in Mexico.
<—The Iglesia de Cristo Mundo team after shooting an episode at the INC Media Services headquarters.
Life can take us places we aren’t ready to go, but when you see that your life is guided by the greatest purpose of all, you’re always one step closer to your true home.
AJ, third from the right, after his baptism
Tomas Becceril and Conchita Becceril, meeting AJ in Mexico.