Each year for nearly a decade, the Crafton Heights Church has sent a group of adults to the Rio Grande Valley in Southern Texas to share in a week of fellowship, growth, and service with God’s people there. Along the way, we’ve established partnerships with First Presbyterian Church of Mission, TX and Solomon’s Porch Faith Community in San Juan, TX.
We left Pittsburgh on February 21, about half an hour before the snow made things miserable. After several uneventful flights, we found ourselves in the 86° temps of San Antonio, from whence we began the 250 mile trek to Mission, TX. Along the way, we found time to stop at the Crossroad Bar-B-Que, where we’ve received a warm welcome in years past. Let’s just say that our friends did not disappoint!
Sunday, our first full day, was spent largely reconnecting with our church partners. I was privileged to preach at the 8:30 & 10:30 services for First Presbyterian as well as at the 11:30 service for Solomon’s Porch. It was a real honor to bring to our sisters and brothers here the news of the church in South Sudan. Both congregations were gracious in their reception of our team and my messages.
This year, Gabe Kish led our team in producing banners to share with our church partners, and we presented them in worship at each congregation. By mid-afternoon, when our day was getting full, the folk at Solomon’s Porch blessed us with a delicious Mexican feast for lunch.
Following the meal, we split up, and Tim, Jon and I went to the nearby Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge whilst the rest of the team headed a bit further east to visit the Gulf of Mexico and South Padre Island. This afternoon time was a real gift as we enjoyed the amazing weather and took a break from Pittsburgh – we feel like we are really here now. It’s a good way to start the week!