When planning a vacation, most people think about heading south in search of fun in the sun. For ECPI University Business Faculty member, Dr. Kelly Decker, however, heading south takes on a more selfless purpose. She recently used her vacation to join members of her church in a five-day mission trip to Hermosillo, Mexico. There, they performed a wide range of home repairs and improvements at a children’s orphanage. They even added another room to what has become a fairly crowded house.
The orphanage itself is somewhat unique. It’s owned by a couple who take in abandoned children with no family. Having been orphans themselves, they understand the importance of providing children a safe and loving home where they can learn and thrive.
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“There were 22 children from ages two to 15 years old,” says Dr. Decker. “These children are raised like siblings. Walking through the home and seeing family and school pictures, just as you would see in any family home, was an awesome experience.
“For two days, I painted and laid roofing material on the roof of the orphanage. Then, I spent a day in the kitchen with the mother and the older girls, cleaning cabinets and doing laundry. You can imagine the piles of laundry for 24 people and the number of pots and pans needed to feed this family!
“We capped it all off by installing outdoor lighting so the children could play in the yard in the evening. To see the smiles on those children…life doesn’t get any better. This was an amazing, humbling, and enriching experience.”