Serving alongside the ministry Build a Miracle, SFC engineering students share Jesus, interact with Spanish speakers and enhance their engineering knowledge and skills through a mission project.
Carlos Andreiu, instructor of SFC Introduction to Engineering course recounts, “Working collaboratively building houses and designing compounds these students are learning how to be engineering professionals.” By building and designing with a finished goal in mind, students are dealing with different temperaments and work styles, learning project management, problem solving and conflict resolution skills. For these SFC students this is not only a missions trip, it is also a way to express their creativity, leadership, social entrepreneurship and ethics as they learn more about engineering.
The trip wasn’t all work. After a little nourishment, the engineers in training were invited to play at the community center with the kids too. Senior and engineering student Gaige Howard smiles, “I really enjoyed mixing the concrete and playing with the kids.”
The excitement of the building project continues as Mr. Andreiu plans to provide new opportunities for SFC’s engineering students. “The current community center is rented and they want to build a new one next summer,” Mr. Andreiu pointed out. “On our next trip I hope to get students fixing drywall and working on the electrical installations of other Build A Miracle homes.”
BUILD A MIRACLE
Build A Miracle is a simple program that has grown because of the passion of its supporters; a program where thousands of lives have been changed on both sides of the border. People in Mexico have had their lives changed, not only because they have a safe and decent place to live, but because they have hope. Supporters and volunteers from the U.S. have had their lives changed because that’s what happens when you experience the power of giving of yourself to another. For more information on Build A Miracle, go to Build A Miracle website.