Although we all work extremely hard here at Maxmedia Creates, it’s not all about work. Volunteer and charity work is also important. That is why I decided to go on a hurricane relief mission trip to Puerto Rico.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed charitable causes. A while back, it popped into my head that during the time it took to get the agency started, I hadn’t allowed myself time to give back to those in need. Luckily a few months ago that opportunity presented itself. I was approached by a good friend and client, Justin Sullivan with V Group Concepts, about joining him and a small group on a mission trip to Puerto Rico to assist in relief efforts post-Hurricane Maria. As we all know the beautiful island was absolutely ravaged by the hurricane and is still working to get things back to a normal level.
This past week, the Mission Discovery group and I traveled to Isabela, Puerto Rico to help rebuild cottages on the Iglesia Cuidad de Salvacion Isabela property. The work was tough, the hours were long, and the accommodations were not what most are used to on a normal daily basis. I will say that the food prepared by the loving ladies from the church was top-notch and the outdoor showers were awesome! We spent the first day rebuilding a roof for a cottage that will be used for future volunteers. The members of the church were so appreciative and it really resonated with me that more volunteering needs to be done by all!
The second day, we travelled to a town called Jobos to assist in some foundation work along with framework. The area was sparse but the people were absolutely amazing. With the sun raging, sunburns increasing, we powered through the day and got the work done. The sense of accomplishment was astonishing as we saw the looks from residents, the thank you’s, and the fact that we got the work done in the burning Puerto Rican sun. We stopped for a quick sweet treat in Aguadilla and headed home to camp to clean up, eat dinner, and enjoy some prayer and conversation.
Thursday, our final day, we enjoyed yet another delicious breakfast, said our good byes, and headed to San Juan for our trip back to Florida.
I have to say that this trip was by far the most productive and enjoyable trips I’ve taken in my life. To help others in need, work with a group as amazing as Mission Discovery, and spend time with like-minded individuals made it a trip of a lifetime. I’d like to give thanks to Mission Discovery, Justin Sullivan, our group members, the members of the Church, and the country of Puerto Rico for an experience of a lifetime!