Our 2017 annual awards trip was in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. Weeks before the trip, we began the process of finding an organization for the F4 Foundation to partner with while we were there. One of our core practices is to leave anywhere we visit better than when we arrived.
We learned there was a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) team in Cancun, we were elated. Darius, the base leader, was happy to receive us and said there is a great need in the immediate area where they are located. He went on to say there are about 50 families in the neighborhood who are very poor and even struggle to meet their daily need for food. We were glad to provide and deliver food for all 50 families in the immediate neighborhood.
This would be the largest volunteer gathering in our short history. 45 volunteers boarded the vans for the short trek into the city. The YWAM base was an oasis in the center of poverty. We were met by the friendliest staff ever and briefed on the events of the day. Darius told us that they were in the middle of a squatters village, a makeshift neighborhood with little to no running water or electricity. We visited the homes of families living in the most basic of conditions; dirt floors, no electricity, no real kitchen, and a bucket for a bathroom. Still, they had joy, everyone smiled and were so excited to have visitors at their home.
We later learned of a few pressing needs that we could take care of. One of which was that we could pour a concrete floor in these homes for just a few hundred dollars each. It was explained to us that a great deal of their sickness and health concerns came from their living conditions, specifically from living on a dirt floor.
In His Service,
Rob & Misty Krasawski