Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Hoover Maneuver
I came across the amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip to Mexico during the Spring Break of 2009 with United Christian Fellowship, and I seized it. I felt called by God to go, my first flight, my first out of country experience(besides Canada and when I went you didnt even need a passport), my first mission trip, an introduction to a new world. It was a life-changing trip and I will never be the same. This trip redirected my life in hundreds of ways. On this trip, we stayed in villagers houses in the small Mexican towns. These people offered their homes to us, their beds, and fed us. We did construction, building a camp for kids in the towns to come learn about Jesus. We taught bible school to the children in Spanish and we visited poor, sick, and struggling community members and families. We taught the children in a small school. We did free dental work to people who could not afford dentistry. In exchange for our work, we were housed and fed. And boy, were we fed. As poor college kids, most of us were not used to having large quantities of free food all around us.
When we got back to Charlotte we constantly texted eachother and let eachother know about any activities or events happening on campus that supplied free food and we traded and mooched off eachother. We incorporated and encouraged our mission-mates and friends to join in on the shenanigans. We quickly and easily developed a network of innovative, cheap, hungry and poor friends. Soccer games with free tshirts, specials at chikfila, events with free snacks, handouts on campus, care packages, friends dinner parties, Brenden even came to a feminist union film about water births for some free cake and fruit. It was great. It had a positive impact on my budget, and honestly? I loved the adventure. I was scavenging. It was a blast. Just a few steps closer in my quest for total food freedom. <3