A Testimony from Papa Harold
Papa Harold Mckamish, the founder of Caring Hearts Ministries, ,just got back from a week with his entire family in San Luis, Mexico. His testimony of his trip is truly touching!
"THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH
What an awesome once in a lifetime experience! Twenty-Eight members of our family, four generations all at one time sharing the love of Christ with the poor and needy people of San Luis.
When this was suggested to me from my grandchildren that they were planning a mission trip to Mexico in June 2016 with family members, I was elated as this was on top of my bucket list, but never suggested it as I thought it would never happen.
I then thought, OK, these 27 people are going, but they don’t intend to minister, just will stay and play with the kids at the soup kitchen and Oasis. Boy, was I wrong. Even our great grandchildren went to the various places and shared and ministered. What a joy to see all of your family ministering because they love Jesus and want to do as He asks us. Now, this was not easy as it was between 110 and 117 every day, but ministry took place.
We started each day with devotions and Worshipping the Lord preparing us for the day.
I watched and listened as one of our great grandchildren gave a testimony how God healed him after his older sister prayed for him and said, God can heal you. I watched and listened as 22 of us went to the blind center with lunch to feed and minister to the 23 blind persons there that day. As they served talking to them and sharing Jesus. The blind new we were coming and they made up a song for us that brought tears and joy to all of us. Then several stood up and shared what Caring Hearts has meant to them and how it changed their lives forever. They now have hope. We couldn’t leave the blind center until they showed us how they made mops. And they gave me a folder with pictures of various times we were there. This was a blessing for all with many smiles and tears. The blind center has been life saving.
I watched our granddaughter share in the dump how much Jesus loved those people and she ended up leading about 22 people to Jesus. One man in particular, fell to his knees with arms in the air and tears flowing down his cheeks asking Jesus to come into his life. When she was finished we all hugged and prayed for those who had needs then gave out beans. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN REALLY HUNGRY AND BE GIVEN A BAG OF BEANS?
We had a great church service on Sunday. I did not know the church was going to honor Caring Hearts for 30 years of ministry in San Luis. I was overwhelmed with such a presentation as they had photos on the big screen of ministry back in the beginning in San Luis showing people who are no longer with us. And different people had things to say. (Very moving) A lady came up and asked if I remembered her?
I said sorry but no, she said she grew up at Bethel orphanage when I was coming there. She thanked me and kissed me and showed me her children she now has.
Our group also were involved in village ministry. This is where we find a very poor area of town. We have a loudspeaker system that is attached to a car, and drive around and ask people to come to a certain street corner. Within 10 minutes we will have over 100 people show up. These are people who need food. We always have bags of beans with us to give away. We will share the Gospel with them, pray for their needs, then give them 5 pounds of beans. We always have a bag of candy for the children.
Caring Hearts has a soup kitchen where we feed children everyday prior to them going to school.
We use this facility and grounds to have various events for kids. We had two afternoons of fun filled events for about 80 children having fun and games along with having a Biblical topic to what they were teaching. Many of the children prayed to receive Jesus.
About 12 of our group went to the Cerebral Palsy Clinic to share love with these people. There were about 20 of them in their wheel chairs waiting for our arrival. We sang songs had a snack with them, loved on them, gave them a financial blessing and returned to the Oasis.
On all of our trips to Mexico we choose to have a project or so. This trip we chose to help two families to make their houses more protected from the hot sun by installing insulation and drywall under a metal roof and installing insulation and dry wall over a block wall. The temperature changed about 25 degrees within these houses making it more bearable in the hot sun. Thanks to our guys.
Five of our ladies visited the local prison. They took gift bags for the ladies with items they badly needed
They had a blessed time sharing, praying and crying with the ladies in prison.
Also, they visited a ladies shelter where they spent an afternoon sharing and praying with these ladies.
Many of the ladies prayed to receive Christ.
Our shut-in ministry coordinator took us to see several places that needed help desperately.
One lady is trying to raise five children and one who was 22 years old, blind, can’t talk, and a cripple who just lays in bed 24/7. Very sad. This family was badly in need of all necessities. Two other families were living in houses that were on fire at one time. They were all trying to live in one room that had a leaky roof and the smell of all the burnt roof and sides of the house with three mattresses on the floor.
We realize we can’t help all, but we have to try to help those the Lord puts in our path.
One of the highlights of the trip was preparing and serving a meal for all of our staff and families and for all of the volunteers who help from time to time. We had a good time thanking them and singing. It was fun seeing our great grandchildren serving the people.
Our last evening with our boys at the Oasis, we had a Pizza / ice cream party for them and the staff.
Many times we get asked when we come back from a trip, do you really think giving a bag of beans does any good, or do those people just pray and ask Jesus in their lives because you gave them something, or we have even heard those boys you are raising will be just like their other family members, no good.
Well, I guess you never were hungry, never had to beg for a bag of beans to feed your kids, Our kids have had the opportunity to go to school and could stay in school, not having to leave to watch their
smaller kids while their mom tries to find work. You have had the opportunity to hear the Gospel and about Jesus everywhere you went. WHO WELL TELL THEM IF WE DON’T TELL THEM? We are commissioned to feed them and to tell them about Jesus, SO WE DO.
We have a boy named Fernando. He came to us when he was five along with a sister and brother. He is now 18
18. While we were in San Luis a week ago, he graduated from High School top of his class. What an
example for the rest of our boys.
What Caring Hearts is doing caring for these boys does matter. All boys are also learning a trade from our vocational school and on the job training along with being trained what it is like to be raised in a Christian home.
If you want to see your family come together like never before, and grow in serving, I strongly recommend you plan a family short term mission trip serving the poor and needy."
- Papa Harold