Video | Piedmont teens spend spring break 2023 building homes in Mexico

Student builders interrupt their work briefly to pose for a group photo after getting their walls in place.

More than 200 students spent their spring break on the Piedmont Community Church (PCC)’s annual youth mission trip to Mexico, a rite of passage for many local teens. After the pandemic forced the church to cancel trips in 2020 and 2021, the trips resumed in 2022. This year’s theme was “Ambassadors” and fifteen teams, consisting of 13 – 15 kids each, made the trip, accompanied by 30+ adult volunteers led by PCC’s Pastor of Student Ministries Scott Kail. The annual trip strives to help young volunteers think about the meaning of service.

Piedmont student Cecelia DeFazio works on one of two windows included with each house built.

The groups constructed 15 homes for families just south of the U.S. border near Tijuana. The families are selected by Amor Ministries, a California-based ministry that partners with local pastors in Mexico and helps facilitate service trips for youth and adults around the country. Piedmont students raise funds for the trip by organizing an annual “Treasures Sale” each spring.

PCC’s Director of Communications Michael Barber created a slideshow from the week’s trip:

(Black and white photos by Michael Barber; color photos courtesy of parent volunteers Jen Cavenaugh, Sally Guzdar, and Sally Aldridge)

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